Addison NaceGraduate Student


Addison Nace is a PhD student in the Design Studies department at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Addison is passionate about handmade textiles and their cultural history, meaning, and significance. She uses historical, artistic, community-based research, and oral history practices to understand how cross-cultural experiences can shape cultural appropriation or appreciation. She hopes to explore practices around decolonizing museums, how museums and markets interact, and the relationship between traditional artisans and modern designers during her time at UW–Madison.

Education and Relevant Experience

BA (summa cum laude), Anthropology, Spanish language focus, Antioch College, 2017

Board Member, Natik 2017-Present: Natik is a nonprofit that supports grassroots organizations in Chiapas, Mexico; and Sololá, Guatemala. Addison connected with Natik when she interned with one of its partners, Mujeres Sembrando la Vida, for six months in 2016. She continues to work to promote Mujeres Sembrando La Vida’s work in markets in the United States.

Awards and Recognition

Graduate School Fellowship, University of Wisconsin–Madison, fall 2019

Horace Mann Full Tuition Fellowship, Antioch College, 2013-2017

Portrait of Addison Nace a smiling white woman with short blonde hair, glasses.


  • Design Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Design Studies