News and Announcements

  • The Stories Bones Tell

    Dr. Janet Monge has had several projects featured in the news recently. The New York Times reported on Duffy's Cut, site of a mass burial of 19th-century Irish laborers, including forensic analysis conducted by Monge and Samantha Cox, who received her BA in Anthropology from Penn. Monge, as well as Cox and others, also published an article in the March issue of The Lancet describing the results of a study examining Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) in ancient mummies. Monge also gave a talk April 3rd on the famous Scopes Trial-  the talk was reported on in the Philadelphia citypaper and can be viewed here.

  • New York Times Op-ed on the Violence of Greed in Africa

    Dr. Kamari Maxine Clarke, a professor of Anthropology at Yale and visiting scholar here at Penn for the 2012-2013 academic year, has published an editorial in the New York Times entitled “Treat Greed in Africa as a War Crime.” Recently, Dr. Clarke was awarded a highly competitive NSF grant for her research on the controversies over the International Criminal Court in Africa. She spoke about her work as part of the 2012-2013 Anthropology Colloquium series, and in Fall 2013 she is teaching two courses for the Department: ANTH 306/606: Law, Cultural Meaning, and Power and ANTH 597: The Anthropology of Africa.

    To learn more about Dr. Clarke's project, click here.

  • The Advantages of Monogamy

    In a new study published in PLoS ONE, Anthropology Professor Eduardo Fernandez-Duque and former Penn post-doctoral fellow Maren Huck examine the advantages of monogamy among owl monkeys. According to their research, "individuals with only one partner during their life produced 25% more offspring per decade of tenure than those with two or more partners."

    The study, which shows how monogamy can increase the reproductive success of individuals, may provide insight into the development of human social bonds. You can read more on Penn News, NBC, or Discover, which all featured articles on the study.

  • Media Meets Scholarship

    Anthropology Professor John Jackson and a group of media-savvy students and faculty from across the university are collaborating on a new project known as CAMRA.

    CAMRA is a community of researchers dedicated to new pedagogic possibilities through the use of media. CAMRA’s day-to-day research activities and program operations are conducted by the Core Team and under the guidance of our three Directors. The Core Team, along with the Affiliated Faculty, work closely with Student Affiliates whose scholarly media projects complicate normative understandings of knowledge and knowledge production. Click here to read more.

  • Penn CHC partners with UNESCO

    The Penn Cultural Heritage Center, led by anthropology professor and museum curator Dr. Richard M. Leventhal, has partnered with the U.S Mission to UNESCO for its "Benefits of World Heritage Project." This study aims to assess the many benefits of UNESCO's World Heritage program, and the Penn Cultural Heritage Center will be taking the lead on a comparative study of world heritage sites' value to local communities and economies.

    In Fall 2013, Penn LPS is offering ANTH 639: Natural and Cultural Heritage in Global Perspective, which gives students the opportunity to be involved in this exciting project. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Brian Daniels.

  • Anthropology/Africana Studies Post-Doctoral fellow

    Penn Anthropology welcomes Dr. Nichole Payne Carelock as an Anthropology/Africana Studies post-doctoral fellow. Carelock received her PhD from Rice University for her dissertation, "A Leaky House: Haiti in the religious aftershock of the 2010 earthquake."

    Carelock is teaching a course for the Department in the Fall 2013 semester- ANTH 534: The Wire: Ethnography of Systemic Inequality, will examine the themes of social inequality and ethnographic methodology by working through David Simon's HBO series The Wire, acclaimed by many critics as the best show ever to appear on television. 

  • Anthro professor awarded NIH grant

    Dr. Fran Barg, who has a joint appointment between Anthropology and the Perelman School of Medicine, has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from NIH to develop and evaluate an innovative science education program that aims to elaborate on the history of asbestos manufacturing and exposure to residents in communities just north of Philadelphia.

    Barg and her team will develop a storehouse of information online and at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia about asbestos-related health risks, profile people who were affected by living or working near the asbestos materials, and provide an opportunity for community members and scientists to learn about each other’s experiences. To read more, click here.

  • Recent Grad Receives Christine Wilson Award

    Congratulations to Julia McLean, who has just been announced as the winner of the Christine Wilson Student Paper Award by the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. Julia graduated with honors in anthropology last year, receiving her BA.

    As a student, Julia was an active member of the Undergraduate Anthropology Society and author of a senior thesis titled 'Steppe, Seed, & Supper: An Ethnoarchaeological Approach to Plant Foodways in Kazakhstan'. This thesis, advised by Dr. Katherine Moore and Dr. Lauren Ristvet, was the basis for her award-winning paper submission. The award was presented at the 2012 AAA meeting in San Francisco.

  • Grad Students Awarded Year of Proof Grant

    Anthropology PhD students Andrea Spence-Aizenberg, Maggie Corley, and Sam Larson have received a Year of Proof grant to organize a panel discussion titled, PROOF in the Biological, Social and Behavioral Sciences: How does the peer-review process evaluate proof?  This discussion will critically examine the biases that favor certain kinds of research in the behavioral sciences, the limitations of the peer-review publication process, and how we can address these issues. The event is scheduled for November 13, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:30pm in the Penn Museum, classroom 2. RSVP's are encouraged- please RSVP to Andrea Spence-Aizenberg.

  • Robert J. Sharer, 1940-2012

    UPDATE: The Department and Penn Museum will hold a joint memorial for Dr. Sharer on Saturday, November 10th at 11:00am in Rainey Auditorium. Click here for details. 

    The Department is very sad to report that Robert J. Sharer, Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Curator Emeritus of the American Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, passed away on September 20 at age 72.

    Click here to read more about Dr. Sharer's life and work. An obituary was published in the Penn Almanac.