Jason De León
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Jason De León is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan. He directs the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a long-term anthropological study of clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States that uses a combination of ethnographic, archaeological and forensic approaches to understand this violent social process. He has published numerous academic articles and his work with the UMP has been featured in a variety of popular media outlets. Jason was named a National Geographic Explorer in 2013 and was the Weatherhead Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the 2013-2014 academic year. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan in the Fall of 2010, Jason taught in the anthropology department at the University of Washington for two years. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Penn State University in 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at UCLA (2001). In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Jason is an active musician who played with the Long Beach based hardcore-punk-reggae band Youth in Asia in the mid to late 1990’s and the Americana band The Wilcox Hotel based out of State College, PA between 2005 and 2008. He is currently involved in various musical projects in Ann Arbor, MI.
Curator, Visual Artist, Performance Artist
Amanda Krugliak is a conceptual artist, performance artist, and arts curator who considers time, story, and how objects serve as traces of human experience. Her performance and curatorial work explore the fluidity of personal as well as collective identity, public and private space, disposability and displacement as they relate to gender, race and culture. She has performed her original monologues nationally most notably at NYU, SF Fringe festival, Chicago Links Hall, University of Michigan School of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art. Her solo live and taped performance "I Am Running" was curated for Artpriz by Barbara Kratchman in 2011. Her projects have been cited in Hyperallergic, Salon, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and PBS. As a curator, she has worked with artists such as Mark Dion, Richard Barnes, Jennifer Karady, Canan Tolon, The Open-Ended Group, Mary Sibande, Charles Atlas, Eric Bogosian, Scott Hocking, Shani Peters, and Jen Davis. In 2013, she served as a creative consultant for journalist Michelle Norris curating The Race Card Project at the University of Michigan. Most recently, she curated and designed the first serious exhibition of renowned graphic memoirist Alison Bechdel. She has served as the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Arts Curator since 2007.
Work by New York-based Photographer Richard Barnes has been shown in solo exhibitions at such institutions as the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Carpenter Center at Harvard University, Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, and the University of Michigan Art Museum. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hirshhorm Museum and Sculpture Garden. Barnes has lectured extensively, including at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Parsons School of Art and Design in Manhattan, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He served as adjunct professor/visiting artist at the San Francisco Art Institute and has taught at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Barnes was a recipient of the Rome Prize 2005-2006 and his photographs of the cabin of Ted Kaczynski, aka the "Unabomber," were featured in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography. He was the 2009 recipient of the Sidman Fellow for the Arts from the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. In 2010 completed a residency from Lightwork/Syracuse University. A monograph of his work entitled Animal Logic, published 2009, has received favorable reviews and was included in the American Institute of Graphic Arts juried competition/exhibition 50 books/50 covers in 2010.