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UT anthropology assistant professor Raja Swamy is collaborating with a Southern Illinois University Carbondale researcher on a project about Hurricane Harvey’s effects on Houston. The pair recently received an $80,000 grant for the work. The Southern Illinoisan featured the project in this story. The researchers’ latest project asks a deceptively simple question: What will Hurricane Harvey reveal to the people of Houston?

The two plan to conduct intense ethnographic interviews with a wide range of people who represent the diversity of the city to learn how they interpret the disaster and how they hope to rebuild.