News and Announcements

  • #PennAnth Course, ANTH219, Featured in the Daily Pennsylvanian!

    Check out Ally Johnson's article about ANTH219

    Most students go to Center City when they want to leave the Penn bubble. But for students who truly want an escape, there’s another option — rural New Jersey.

    On Friday morning, a handful of students piled into a van outside the Penn Museum and headed to various towns in New Jersey to study historical sites, such as early Quaker and Swedish settlements. These students are enrolled in Anthropology 219, taught by Robert Schuyler — a class divided in to two sections that travel every Friday or Saturday.

    Students learn about prehistoric New Jersey and then examine significant sites from the 17th to 20th centuries. They also visit important environmental sites, such as the wetlands along the Jersey shore. The class also visits historically significant sites like Cape May and the estate of Joseph Wharton, the founder of the Wharton School of Business.

    After 11 years of excavating historic sites in the planned community of Vineland, New Jersey, the class shifted its focus to above-ground archaeology. From 2001 to 2012, students participated in the Vineland archaeological dig in the fall semester and could continue their work during the laboratory course in the spring. Current students will visit the Vineland excavation at the end of the semester.

    Interested students can still register for the spring laboratory component, ANTH 220, in order to continue the study of Vineland artifacts, which were dug up by the hundreds of Penn students who took the class in previous years.

  • Anthropology Pedagogy

    Check out a new series of talks organized by #PennAnth graduate student Paul Mitchell, discussing the praxis of teaching anthropology today.


    For more info, head over to the Anthropology Pedagogy page.

  • Dana Walrath, Penn Anthropology PhD Alumnus, Gains Recognition For Her Latest Publication

    "Aliceheimer’s found me rather than the other way around. In February of 2008, for the second time in the space of six months, my mother, Alice, had just been kicked out of her apartment. The reason? Her Alzheimer’s disease. My sister and I looked for alternatives around New York City, her life-long home. We were hoping to keep her near the relatives to which she was the closest, near to her friends. Instead, she moved hundreds of miles north to live with me and my family in the Vermont woods. Vermont winters are long and cold. She hated snow. I was the daughter who got on her nerves. The feeling was mutual…"

    -Dana Walrath

    More on Dr. Walrath's "Aliceheimer's":
    NY Times Interview with Dr. Walrath

    “[Aliceheimer’s] offers a brand-new looking glass into Alzheimer's—one that, like Carroll’s mirror, displays a parallel world rather than our own. Walrath dared to follow Alice down the rabbit hole of the disease and emerged with a courageous depiction of a fascinating world below.” —Nancy Stearns Bercaw, Seven Days

  • Dr. Jane Goodall Receives the Krogman Award at the Penn Museum



    The Krogram Award is given to those individuals who are pioneering and transformative of knowledge within the related fields of human evolutionary studies. In the spirit and application of Krogman’s own work, the recipient’s research must be heavily data driven, synthetic, interdisciplinary and integrated into a life-long dedication to education and service to all humankind.

    Krogman’s own research was in the application of methodologies to illuminate the importance of biological and cultural variation to evolutionary process. His database encompassed the vastly diverse communities and neighborhoods of Philadelphia where he studied the growth and development of inner city children from conception to adulthood and eventually into senescence - his work continues today, in the Krogman Growth Center, as it enters into its 8th phase of research.

  • Dr. Naomi Miller Wins the Fryxell Award in Interdisciplinary Research from the Society for American Archaeology

    Dr. Naomi Miller has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Fryxell Award in Interdisciplinary Research from the Society for American Archaeology. This is the premiere career achievement award in the archaeological sciences, and the award rotates among five fields, only to be presented in plant sciences every five years. More information, including a list of the distinguished past awardees, can be found here.
  • First #PennAnth Psychoanalytic Studies Minor


     Jamie F. Cerecino, ’16, has become the first student at the University of Pennsylvania to graduate with a minor in psychoanalytic studies – this in addition to her double major in anthropology and psychology.  The faculty of the minor in psychoanalytic studies would like to congratulate Jamie for these accomplishments.  We are also grateful to her for her work as administrative coordinator for the minor, including helping to establish the minor’s website.  We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.  
  • #PennAnth Graduate Student Wins Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students

    Congratulations to Anthropology PhD student Paul Mitchell for winning one of the Penn Prizes for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment and acknowledge the significant contribution Paul makes to our undergraduate program as a TA. This honor demonstrates Paul's passion for teaching and willingness to engage undergraduates in essential learning opportunities. Congrats, Paul!

  • Dr. Adriana Petryna wins Royal Anthropological Institute "Wellcome Medal"

    Dr. Adriana Petryna has been recognized for her significant contribution to the field of Medical Anthropology. In particular, Dr. Petryna's books When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects, When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health, and Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl were nominated for the award.

    Look for more details in the June 2016 issue of Anthopology Today!

    We congratulate Dr. Petryna on this success!

  • Anthropology Faculty Dr. Kate Moore wins Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty


    The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Dr. Katherine Moore, Mainwaring Teaching Specialist in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty. Dr. Moore’s incredibly dynamic instruction brings students from all over campus to our department; we are sincerely grateful for her passion for teaching. Dr. Moore has graciously offered more insight into what she does and why she does it…

    What do you teach?

    I teach mostly archaeology including a sequence of courses in the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials; I also enjoy teaching a course called “Food and Feasting: the Archaeology of the Table”.

    What is your favorite part of teaching undergraduates? 

    Penn undergraduates have wonderful skills and background but very few have had a previous chance to learn about archaeology and anthropology when they get to college. The intrinsic fascination of the human past and how we get at it is new to them, and it’s a lot of fun to see their curiosity and enthusiasm open up.


    What do you hope students gain from taking your courses? 

  • Alumnus Accepts Position at Columbia University!

    We are happy to announce that 2015 alumnus, Dr. Adam Leeds, has accepted a tenure-track position in Columbia University's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Dr. Leeds completed his dissertation, "Spectral Liberalisms: On the Subjects of Political Economy in Moscow" last summer. Before Dr. Leeds begins his position with CU, he will be completing a two year Post-Doc position at the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies. We congratulate Dr. Leeds and look forward to his accomplishments with the CU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.