News and Announcements

  • Congratulations to #PennAnth Graduate Student Diego Arispe–Bazan, a recipient of the Center for Teaching and Learning Fellowship for 2017–2018


    CTL’s Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence program honors graduate students who are dedicated to excellent teaching and is designed to foster conversations about teaching in order to help graduate students develop as teachers. 
  • Congratulations #PennAnth MD-PhD Candidate Josh Franklin, 2017 Parsons Prize Winner

    The Elsie Clews Parsons Prize for the best graduate student essay is awarded each year by the American Ethnological Society. Josh's award-winning paper is titled: “This thing that I searched so hard for”: normativity and transgression in transgender children’s narratives.

  • New Book from Penn Anth Prof Nikhil Anand

    Dr. Anand's new book, Hydraulic City, is in bookstores now. For more info, check out: or buy the book at

  • #PennAnth Prof Margaret Bruchac and PhD student Stephanie Mach featured in SAS Omnia

    Perspectives on Standing Rock from #PennAnth Prof Margaret Bruchac and PhD student Stephanie Mach were featured in SAS Omnia magazine. Check out the video here:

  • New Book from Penn Anth PhD Joanne Baron

    Penn Anth PhD Joanne Baron is the author of a new book: Patron Gods and Patron Lords published by the University Press of Colorado.

  • 2016 Rough Cut Video Festival

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016
    6:00 - 8:30 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm
    Michael A. Fitts Auditorium, Golkin 100
    University of Pennsylvania Law School


    Refreshments will be served
    The featured student videos will include works on medical transfer of chronically and terminally ill prisoners,
    community gardens and democracy, and Philadelphia as an Energy Hub. There will be a photo gallery from
    SCI Laurel Highlands by Harvey Finkle and a preview of a video on increased commutation for PA Lifers done in
    collaboration with Lifers Inc. at Graterford.


    Subjects Include:
    Philadelphia As an Energy Hub
    Community Gardens and Democracy
    Second Looks, Second Chances for PA Lifers: The Case for Commutation by the Numbers
    Medical Transfer and
    Compassionate Release

  • Job Announcement: Biological Anthropology Position, Human Biology – Bioenergetics

    The Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania is currently seeking outstanding applicants for an Assistant Professor, tenure track position in biological anthropology. Specifically, we expect the successful candidate to have an active research program on the intersection between human biology, energetics and evolution. Potential research areas include biomechanics, biocultural adaptation, nutrition, and evolutionary medicine. We are looking for a colleague with a doctoral degree in anthropology that complements the existing programs in the department and whose research interests foster a multidisciplinary dialogue with other groups across the University. This position also articulates with the university-wide Integration of Knowledge Initiative of Diversity, Health and Society, which seeks a “a more sophisticated portrait of human difference, exploring the profound questions raised by economic inequality, the historical legacies of discrimination, and the social dimensions of health.” Teaching responsibilities would include introductory classes in biological anthropology, intermediate classes in the human evolutionary biology concentration, and advanced classes in the area of research specialization.

    Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and CV at

    Also include contact information for three individuals who have agreed to provide a letter of recommendation. Recommenders will be contacted by the University with instructions on how to submit a letter to the website. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

  • Penn Museum Public Classroom, Science and Race: History, Use, and Abuse

    What is this thing called “race?”

    Scientists agree that many common assumptions about race are wrong—yet the consequences of racism are very real.

    This fall, the Penn Museum brings together more than two dozen internationally recognized experts from diverse backgrounds for an in-depth and powerful exploration about race, science, and justice in a free series of five evening classes geared to adults and young adults (14 and above).

    The Public Classroom @ Penn Museum: Science and Race: History, Use and Abuse runs non-consecutive Wednesdays, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, beginning September 21 (September 28; October 26; November 9; November 16). Individuals can sign up for one, several, or all sessions. Seating is limited and advance registration is recommended.

    For those who can’t attend the program at the Museum, there will be live streaming of the program on the website.

  • Anthony F.C. Wallace: A Biographical Memoir by Dr. Greg Urban

    Anthony F.C. Wallace: A Biographical Memoir by Dr. Greg Urban

    Anthony F. C. Wallace created a corpus of anthropological
    work remarkable not only for its quality and quantity
    but for the breadth of scholarly interest it reflects. From
    Rorschach-based modal personality studies to cultural
    revitalization movements, from Native American communities
    to small towns in Pennsylvania during the Industrial
    Revolution, from cognitive mazeway re-synthesis to the
    institutional and cultural matrix of technological innovation,
    Wallace helped to chart the course of American
    cultural anthropology for more than five decades.
    Wallace began his higher education in 1941 at Lebanon
    Valley College, in Pennsylvania, but enlisted in the army
    the following year and returned after his World War II
    service to earn a B.A. in history (1947) and an M.A. (1949)
    and Ph.D. (1950) in anthropology from the University
    of Pennsylvania. He spent his entire career in association, in one way or another, with
    the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. He was not only an
    educator but a skillful administrator, serving as director of clinical research at the Eastern
    Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (1960-61) and then as chair of Penn’s Anthropology
    Department (1961-71). He also founded the long-lived Ethnohistory Program at the
    university. more here

  • #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.