News and Announcements

  • 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

  • #PennAnth Alumni Lecture

    TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER 2015, 6PM


    Michael Frachetti will give a lecture about recently exposed archaeological and historical details from a newly discovered urbanc complex, high in the mountians of Uzbekistan, which shines new light on the intersection of ideological participation, industrial growth, and environmental exploitation by members of the Qarakhanid Empire.


  • Hershey Story Curitorial Internship

  • Fourth Annual CASI Student Programs Symposium

    Please join us for the fourth annual CASI Student Programs Symposium on Friday October 23, 2015.

    CASI’s 2015 internship class will share their experiences living and working in India followed by Q & A.

    Families, advisors, friends, classmates, and prospective applicants are encouraged to attend!

    CASI Student Programs Symposium
    Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
    Time: 2:30-5:30 pm
    Location: Center for the Advanced Study of India 3600 Market Street, Suite 560
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  • Media Research Internship Opportunity


    American Friends Service Committee seeks an Undergraduate Intern.

    The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

    TITLE: Media Research Intern
    DEPARTMENT: Communications
    STATUS: Part-Time, 10 hours per week
    SUPERVISOR: Media Research Analyst
    REGION/UNIT: Central Office
    LOCATION: Philadelphia, PA

    The Media Research Intern will be responsible for collecting and managing data as part of the Unit's ongoing research projects. The intern will work out of the American Friends Service Committee’s Philadelphia office and will be supervised by the Media Research Analyst. The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
    1. Media and audience engagement research
    2. Research project management
    3. Use of media tracking tools, analytics programs, and large databases
    4. Non-profit communications