(BA Interdisciplinary Studies, 2007 Miami University; MA Cultural Anthropology, 2010 University of Denver; PhD University of Colorado Boulder 2018). Willi works with communities and indigenous media organizations in the Kimberley region of Northwestern Australia. By following the social life of media, he seeks to understand diverse Aboriginal conceptions of indigeneity. Willi is also interested in the emerging film genre of Native American science fiction. His advisor was Jennifer Shannon.

Spring 2017 News
Willi just received a $38K ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship for AY 2017/2018 for his research Broadcasting Indigenous Futures: The Social Life of Aboriginal Media. Hats off!

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the 2017 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellows. The 65 fellows were selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants through a rigorous, multi-stage peer-review process. Now in its eleventh year, the fellowship program provides a $30,000 stipend and up to $8,000 in research funds and university fees to advanced graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing.
 
“The fellows are completing their degrees at 36 different US universities, and their work represents the broad range of disciplines that this program supports, including literature, philosophy, media studies, ethnic studies, linguistics, sociology, and archaeology,” said ACLS Program Officer Rachel Bernard. “Most fellows will spend the 2017-18 academic year at their computer screens as they distill insights from research that has taken them to Iran, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Peru, and northwestern Australia, and from ancient Pompeii to medieval Granada, nineteenth-century Africa, and present-day San Francisco.”
 
The fellowship offers promising graduate students a year of support to focus their attention on completing projects that form the foundations of their careers and that will help shape a generation of humanistic scholarship. The program, which is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, also includes a faculty-led academic job market seminar, hosted by ACLS, to further prepare fellows for their postgraduate careers.
 
To find our more about the 65 recipients and their projects click here
 
 
Willi just finished his first podcast. Titled "Haircuts and Billionaires," it's the first in a three part AnthroPod series on the anthropology of outer space. Dr. David Valentine discusses topics as varied as haircuts in space, the colonization of Mars, and the rise of the billionaire-led NewSpace community.