News and Announcements

  • #PennAnth Faculty, Dr. Marge Bruchac awarded prestigious fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and
    Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Penn, has
    just been awarded a prestigious fellowship funded by the Andrew W.
    Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National
    Fellowship Foundation! The Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior
    Faculty is intended to increase the presence of minority and other
    faculty members who are, as WWNF articulates it: "committed to
    eradicating racial disparities, and breaking down stereotypes and
    promoting cross-racial understanding in core fields in the arts and
    sciences. Dr. Bruchac will be on sabbatical leave for the 2016-2017
    academic year, composing a series of publications based on findings
    from her research projects, including On the Wampum Trail (funded
    by the Penn Museum) and The Speck Connection (funded by the University
    Research Foundation).

  • Paid Summer Research Opportunities with #PennAnth Faculty


    Each year Penn supports undergraduate involvement in faculty research through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM), which provides students completing their first or second undergraduate year the opportunity to spend a summer as a research assistant for a Penn faculty member. Since its inception in 2007, PURM has funded over 400 Penn faculty members to provide more than 500 undergraduates with cutting-edge research experiences.


    STUDENT APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, February 22, 2016, 12noon

    2016 PURM Projects can be found here!

  • #PennAnth in the Penn Current!

  • #PennAnth MA Candidate Fahim Rahimi to be appointed as the next Director of the National Museum in Afghanistan

    The #PennAnth community is proud to announce that Fahim Rahimi, MA candidate 2016, will become the next Director of the National Museum in Afghanistan. Rahimi's main focus is cultural heritage management and preservation, with particular interest in the cultural heritage of Afghanistan.  For more information visit the Kolb Society website:

  • Professor Sanday Wins Gender Equity Award from American Anthropological Association

    “Peggy Sanday is—and has long been—a leader in the field of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies and has made a real difference to the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, the Alice Paul Center, and the lives of many women and men here at Penn,” said Professor of Political Science Nancy J. Hirschmann, who directs the Program on Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women. “We are so very proud and happy that she has received this well-deserved honor and recognition.”

    In a letter to Sanday, the committee stated “The 2015 nominee pool was especially robust, and the committee felt that your career accomplishments advancing the status of women were exceptional…. The committee was impressed by your longstanding commitment to the struggle against gender discrimination through your scholarship, mentorship, and advocacy.”

  • Ivana Kohut's Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Research Grant Focuses on Healthcare Delivery for Women in Cuba

    #‎PennAnth‬ sophomore Ivana Kohut used a Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Research Grant to spend three weeks in Cuba surveying women of all ages. Learn more about her research here!


  • #PennAnth Professor Dr. Louise Krasniewicz shares her perspective of anthropological ideas in pop culture.



    The Stamford native is not only an artist, but an anthropologist. And, she says, “If you’re an anthropologist, you’re always an anthropologist no matter what you’re doing. You never turn it off. …I’m always looking at how people build worlds.”

    Krasniewicz — who teaches anthropology with an emphasis on film and other aspects of popular culture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences — is terrific at building worlds herself, painstakingly recreating movies or scenes inspired by films, TV and popular fiction. It’s just that her worlds may be no bigger than 36 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 35 inches high.

    Those are the dimensions of “Rear Window,” her miniature take on the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, on display through December at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures in Hastings-on-Hudson, which was featured in last December’s WAG.

    “There are two connections,” she says. “Movies make use of miniatures. But the real connection is that each creates a world. …Hitchcock creates stories with real basic themes: Everyone thinks you’re someone you’re not. Identity is one of the major things for him, proving who you are, dealing with the big questions.”

  • Penn Anthropology Alumni Wins Sapir Award

    The Edward Sapir Book Prize was established in 2001 and is awarded to a book that makes the most significant contribution to our understanding of language in society, or the ways in which language mediates historical or contemporary sociocultural processes. Beginning in 2012, the Sapir Prize has been awarded annually. This year a Penn Anthropology Alumni, Kristina Wirtz, won the Sapir Book Prize for her book,

    "Performing Afro-Cuba: Image, Voice, Spectacle in the Making of Race and History"


    More about Kristina and her work can be found here:


  • Torben Rick of the Smithsonian Institue will give a 12PM Lecture

    Today! Colloquium "Archaeology, islands and biodiversity in the Anthropocene" Torben Rick of will give a 12pm lecture in rm 345

  • Seneca International at UPenn Presents "The International Girl"

    Come join us in a discussion about THE INTERNATIONAL GIRL. We will be hosting several speakers with specialties ranging from childhood in South Africa to female genital mutilation in Egypt.


    10/19 8pm SHDH 1203