Students receive 2021 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State University Libraries has selected the winners of the 2021 Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, funded by the M. G. Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge. Applicants must be Penn State students planning to conduct research related to an approved topic for an undergraduate capstone course, honors thesis topic, master’s or doctoral thesis, or similar project.

The 2021 Whiting Award winners are:

— Danielle Buffa, a doctoral candidate in anthropology and climate science, for “Boziky Lahiny/Boziky Vahy: Women’s Knowledge, Conservation Policy, and Shell Fishing in Southwestern Madagascar”

— Edward Green, a doctoral candidate in history, for “Changing Conceptions of Justice in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, 1830–1900”

— Brooklyn Leonhardt, a doctoral candidate in philosophy and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, for “Dysphoria and Dispossession: The Trail of Tears and Two Spirit Cultural Life”

Whiting Award recipients must conduct research on their project between April 2021 and April 2022 and produce a post-research report to the University Libraries. 

For additional information about the recipients, their research, or the Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Awards, contact Mark Mattson at

Last Updated July 06, 2021