News and Announcements

  • Anthro Grad Student named 2014-15 Katrin H. Lamon Fellow

    Joseph 'Woody' Aguilar has been named a 2014-15 Katrin H. Lamon Fellow at the School for Advanced research in Santa Fe. His research focuses on the Pueblo Revolt, Borderlands studies, landscape archaeology, collaborative archaeologies, postcolonialism, NAGPRA, historic preservation, and CRM.

  • Anthropology Major Named University Scholar and College House Research Fellow

    Sophomore anthropology major Jordi Rivera Prince was recently selected as both a University Scholar and the Harnwell College House Research Fellow for her project in physical anthropology, entitled "Epigenetic Traits, Computerized Tomography, and Native American Identity." Through the support of her academic advisor, Dr. Janet Monge, Jordi has worked as the Assistant to the Curator of the Skeletal Collection at the Penn Museum since the fall of her freshman year.

  • Evolutionary Anthropology Ph.D. candidates awarded Leakey grants

    Evolutionary Anthropology PhD candidates Margaret Corley and Andrea Spence-Aizenberg have both been awarded general grants from The Leakey Foundation.

    To read more about their projects, click here.

  • 2013 Anthro Grad Awarded SUNTA Essay Prize

    Elizabeth Doi (C '13) has been awarded the 2013 Society of Urban National and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) Undergraduate Essay Prize for her Senior Thesis in Anthropology, "Behind the Gates: The Wagner Free Institute of Science and its Neighborhood," advised by Professor Richard Leventhal. Elizabeth, who graduated with a double-major in Anthopology and Urban Studies, presented her work at the Department's 2013 Anthrofest symposium- her presentation can be viewed here. Since graduating, Elizabeth has gone on to become Program Coordinator for the CityTerm program at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

    Congratulations to Elizabeth!

  • When People Come First

    Adriana Petryna is the co-editor of a new book titled When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health. The book critically assesses the expanding field of global health, bringing together an international, interdisciplinary group of scholars to address the medical, social, political, and economic dimensions of the global health enterprise. It demonstrates the crucial role of ethnography, arguing for a more comprehensive, people-centered approach, setting a new research agenda in global health and social theory and challenging us to rethink the relationships between care, rights, health, and economic futures. Read more on the website, or check out the flyer.

  • Evolutionary Anthropology Ph.D. candidates awarded ASP grants

    Evolutionary Anthropology PhD candidates Margaret Corley and Andrea Spence-Aizenberg have been awarded research grants at the recent annual meeting of the American Society of Primatologists in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Their proposals were 2 of only 4 proposals funded out of 52 submissions.

    To read more about their projects, click here.

  • Ancient Pathologies, Written in Bone

    A team led by Dr. Janet Monge has found evidence of the earliest known benign bone tumor in a Neandertal rib from Croatia. Approximately 120,000 year old, the bone is significantly more ancient than prior discoveries of this kind, the oldest of which date back some 1,000-4,000 years. As Monge explains, “This tumor may provide another link between Neandertals and modern peoples...we grow the same way in our bones and teeth and share the same diseases.”  Monge and her colleagues have published their findings in PLOS ONE- their paper can be accessed here. To read the New York Times report on the study, click here

  • 2013 Anthropology Accolades

    Penn Anthropology congratulates the class of 2013! Six of our graduate students and  forty-one of our undergraduates will be awarded degrees this May. We also congratulate all of our students, past and present, who have received awards and honors this past year.

    Click for more information about the various honorees (graduate awards can be found on the graduate student website, and undergraduate awards can be found here) or click here for a full list of our 2013 graduates.

  • Undergraduate Paul Mitchell Awarded Fulbright

    Senior anthropology major Paul Mitchell has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Award for 2013-2014 to conduct research in skeletal biology and paleoanthropology in Tanzania. Through the support of the Department of Anthropology, the Penn Museum, and his advisor, Dr. Janet Monge, Paul has participated in multiple research projects in Africa, including bioarchaeological research on the arrival and expansion of pastoralist economies and the origins and affiliations of the Swahili East African people.

  • Bourgois Receives Guggenheim

    Dr. Philippe Bourgois, Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology and Family and Community Medicine, has been awarded a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship for his ethnographic research on urban poverty, segregation, and drug use from the vantage point of an inner-city drug corner. Findings and photographs from the research will be published in a new book, tentatively titled Cornered. According to Bourgois, the book will "analyze the emergence of increasingly distressed new subjectivities among vulnerable, inner-city, immigrant populations under the specific conditions of 21st-century poverty."

    To read more about Dr Bourgois' project, click here.