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Kate Grim-Feinberg completed her Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She specializes in human movement and children's learning in the Peruvian Andes. Before studying sociocultural anthropology, she trained at professional ballet schools throughout the United States. She has used her dance and Labanotation skills to learn and notate Lahu Na Shehleh (Thailand) dances.

Jacquetta (Jacquie) Hill is professor emeritus of anthropology and educational psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her doctorate from Columbia University in New York City in the applied anthropology/social science of education program. Her first anthropological field research was in a rural high school in the United States; subsequent fieldwork and publications were with Hispanic populations in Puerto Rico and migrant populations of Puerto Ricans and Mexicans in the U.S. During a visit to northern Thailand in the late 1970s, she was so deeply impressed with the mosaic of cultures and languages as a potential site for study of cognitive and cultural change, including the effects of new literacy on traditional knowledge, that she went through the exciting but painful process of switching culture areas at midlife. In her subsequent studies of highland minority villages (mostly Lahu) in Thailand, she maintained her research emphasis on understanding the processes and systems by which culture is learned outside formal schooling. She employs 'activity theory' and recent neurobiological discoveries to anchor anthropological concepts and theories.

Nannaphat Saenghong is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL) Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She grew up in a Lahu Na Shehleh village, where she learned to dance AwHui in ceremonial contexts.

Monica FA W Santos is a Ph.D. candidate in sociocultural anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in the anthropology of human movement and is currently completing her dissertation field research on ballet dancing in her home country, the Philippines. She is also involved in several projects that promote performing arts throughout the Philippines and Southeast Asia. She has trained in various performing arts traditions, including ballet dancing, Balinese gamelan and dance, and kulintang music. She has completed advanced certification training in Labanotation and is the editorial assistant for JASHM.



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