Ms. Camille A. Miller-Frazier
Field of Study: Anthropology
Home Institution in the U.S.: University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Host Institution in India: Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru  
Start Date/Month in India: January 2015
Duration of Grant: Twelve months

Brief Bio:
Ms. Camille Frazier is a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology at UCLA. In 2009 she graduated summa cum laude from Scripps College with a BA in anthropology. She received her MA in anthropology from UCLA in 2013. Her MA thesis explores ethnographic representations of changing relationships between rural and urban India following Indian independence. She advanced to doctoral candidacy in June 2014 and will complete her dissertation fieldwork in January 2016. In addition to her Fulbright-Hays grant, she has received funding for research and language training from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the UCLA International Institute, the UCLA Asia Institute, and the UCLA Department of Anthropology.

Ms. Frazier has worked as a teaching assistant and associate for six undergraduate-level courses at UCLA, including Culture and Society, Anthropology of Development, Introduction to Archaeology, and Introduction to Biological Anthropology. She was elected president of the UCLA Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA) for the 2012–13 academic year and has served on several departmental committees.

Ms. Frazier first visited India in 2007 with the South India Term Abroad program in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Since then, she has focused her research on the anthropology of food and agriculture in South Asia. She has studied Hindi, Urdu, and Tamil and is currently living in Mysore, India studying Kannada with the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Ms. Frazier’s project examines efforts for agricultural “sustainability” in the context of shifting food ecologies and economies in Bangalore. The city’s relationship with its agricultural countryside has changed radically in the last few decades, resulting in experiences of insecurity along the entire food chain. Ms. Frazier is conducting one year of ethnographic fieldwork with rural and urban interlocutors involved in a range of corporate, state, and non-governmental sustainable agriculture initiatives with the goal of illuminating the intersections between shifting food systems, experiences of agricultural insecurity, and hopes for a more sustainable future.