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Dr. Seven mattes will receive the department's 2019 Alumni Achievement Award. Seven Mattes received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Michigan State University, with specializations in Animal Studies, Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC), and Community Engagement. Seven’s work uses multispecies ethnographic methods to better understand how we can build resiliency for animals in disaster contexts. Her most recent project centered on the animals rescued from the Fukushima evacuation zone following the Tōhoku Disaster of 2011. Locally, she engages in numerous academic and advocacy projects exploring and aiding the multifaceted relationships people have with the animals in their lives, from the pigs they eat to the cats they love.



Each year the Department of World Languages and Literatures recognizes an alumnus or alumna with the Alumni Achievement Award.

2019: Seven Mattes

2018: Sarah Murray

2017: Jason Albaugh

2016: Rebekkah Zanotti

2015: Ellen Knuth

2014: Jessica Sturm

2013: Monique Coyne

2012: Jeanne Friedman

2011: Dr. Cynthia Ruoff

2010: Dr. Aaron Boesenecker

2009: Roberto Zuniga

2008: Dr. John Van Gessel

2007: Dr. Lawrence Kuiper

2005: Thomas Petzold

2004: John Beaudoin

2003: Dr. Mary-Kathleen (Gernant) Blanchard

2002: Dr. Steven F. Kokmeyer

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