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    Attending: Temple University, Ph.D. Anthropology


    Acknowledgement to Mentor: Dr. Julia Smith is more than just my mentor. Each day, she provides me with an example of a scholar with wit and intellect and a woman with taste and class. From her, I have learned that determination and hard work in combination with purpose is the key to victory. I will always be grateful for her commitment to my success and happiness, and can only hope to someday repay her for all her help, encouragement, and love she has given me.





    Grace Cooper, daughter of Terence and Patricia Cooper, is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Grace has also taken an interest in anthropology and sociology in the last year. She will be working towards her Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics, which will allow her to utilize her language skills and follow her academic and personal interests. Grace’s dream is to live and research in communities with large Spanish and English speaking populations.  

    Upon entering Eastern, Grace was awarded the EWU Academic Honors Scholarship and the Eastern Advantage Scholarship. She has dedicated herself to maintaining her status as a scholar and in recognition of her determination she was accepted to the Trio Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program.  

    Grace is also an active member of the residential community on the EWU campus. For the past two years she has worked for Housing and Residential Life as a Community Advisor for the Global Perspectives Living Learning Community. As a Community Advisor, Grace has strived to create a comfortable and educational living environment in which her residents can focus on academia and forming healthy relationships with other students and faculty.  

    Grace is the first member of her family to seek higher education. Throughout her life and her time in the world of academia she has had their support, encouragement, and guidance to help her become a successful student and person. Grace admits she would not be who she is today without their nurturing and love.      



    Dr. Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization, Smithsonian Institute, DC (2013)

    Dr. Julia Smith, Professor, Department of Anthroplogy, EWU (2012)


    TRiO McNair Research Internship:___________________________________________________________

    An Ethnography of Cell Phone Repair:Uniting a Global Network of People, Places, and Things (2013)

    Each of the estimated 6 billion cell phones in circulation today unites a global network of people, places, and things. The moment of breakdown disrupts this network and leaves the phone in need of repair and the user in need of help. Examining how cell phone users negotiate that moment of breakdown is key to understanding the ways cell phones mediate user existence within that network. As part of a larger ethnography of cell phone repair sponsored by George Washington University and the National Museum of Natural History, Dr. Joshua A. Bell and I created a chaîne opératoire of cell phone repair in the summer of 2013. The chaîne opératoire or operational sequence documents key information about the transformation of raw material into culturally meaningful objects and the maintenance of those objects; in the process, it captures information about the society in which this transformation occurs. To create this operational sequence we observed and documented cell phone repair in two cell phone repair shops in Washington, D.C. We then performed discourse analysis of the audio files collected during fieldwork. We also reviewed our notes, photos, and video files looking for the specific gestures used by each repair technician during the repair of each cell phone documented. By analyzing this data and using it to create the operational sequence of cell phone repair we have elicited specific details of the cell phone repair process, the ways technicians share embodied knowledge of cell phone repair with one another and with users, and the role that cell phone repair technicians play in the user's relationship with their cell phone. Our results contribute to the broader understanding of the role that cell phones play in society in the 21st century, and how the details of cell phone design, manufacture, and repair affect us.

    Intentions and Perceptions of Coded Switching Amongst Spanish-English Bilinguals (2012)
    Cooper, Grace, (Julia Smith), Anthropology, Spanish, Eastern Washington University, Washington

    In a multilingual world, speakers often mix their languages within a single conversation, sentence, or phrase and this is formally known as code-switching. While some researchers have approached this topic from a structural standpoint, I want to cover more social aspects of code-switching and explore a different set of questions. Specifically, this project focuses on the interpretations and intentions of Spanish-English bilingual code-switchers. I conducted a series of semi-structured interviews with a group of Spanish-English speakers in the local Spokane area to better explore this topic. I played four musical selections as examples of code-switching to stimulate participants' responses to the questions about code-switching. My results demonstrate that understandings of code-switching have shifted away from findings of previous studies. For example, English has been reported as the preferred language amongst Spanish-English speaker, but this research reveals that Spanish has now become the more valued language amongst speakers. 


    Conference Presentations:_________________________________________________________________

    Presenter at EWU Benefactor Dinner, Eastern Washington University

    Invited speaker for Welcome Back Ceremony for Faculty and Staff of EWU, Addressed student success and appreciation for EWU financial and academic support. Eastern Washington University (2013)

    Fixing Things: The Techniques and Politics of Repair,

    Fixing Things with the Right Tools, Invited talk, TRiO Ronald E. McNair Scholars Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, EWU (2013)

    Summer Experience Talk, Invited talk, Anthropology Department, EWU (2013)

     Exploring Intentions and Perceptions of Code-Switching Among Spanish-English Bilingual Speakers in the Inland Northwest,

    What Can We Make of Spanglish? EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium (2012)

    Language at EWU, EWU First Annual Diversity Week (2012)   

    Ritchie and Selena: Bringing Chicano/as into the Mainstream, EWU Student Research and Creative Works Symposium (2011)   


    Honors and Awards:______________________________________________________________________



    Grace Cooper. "An Exploration of Intentions and Perceptions of Code-switching Among Bilingual Spanish-English Speakers in The Inland Northwest." In Journal of Northwest Anthropology, 47(2):119-129. 2013.


    Graduate School Acceptances:_____________________________________________________________

    University of Washington, M.A. TESOL

     Boston University, M.A. Applied Linguistics

     Eastern Washington University, M.A. TESOL

     Temple University, Ph.D. Anthropology

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    Eastern Washington University
    526 5th Street
    Cheney, WA 99004

    phone: 509.359.6200 (campus operator)

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