News and Announcements

  • Professor Deborah Thomas Publishes New Book

    Exceptional Violence is a sophisticated examination of postcolonial state formation in the Caribbean, considered across time and space, from the period of imperial New World expansion to the contemporary neoliberal era, and from neighborhood dynamics in Kingston to transnational socioeconomic and political fields. Deborah A. Thomas takes as her immediate focus violence in Jamaica and representations of that violence as they circulate within the country and abroad. Suggesting that anthropologists in the United States should engage more deeply with history and political economy, Thomas mobilizes a concept of reparations as a framework for thinking, a rubric useful in its emphasis on structural and historical lineages. Read more about Professor Thomas's book here.

  • See Philippe Bourgois's short film, "Next Door But Invisible"


  • Other News

    Merguerite Leone (2013) was featured in the January 2012 issue of SAS Frontiers for her work on preserving Cherokee traditions. Read the article here.

    Lauren Kapsalakis (2011) awarded the Society for Economic Anthropology 2011 Harold K. Schneider Student Paper Prize in Economic Anthropology.

    Paul Mitchell (2013) named a 2011 Penn McNair Scholars for his work on 'Variation and Evolution in Human Dental Development".

    Congratulations to graduate student Derek Newberry on his Wenner-Gren Award for
    fieldwork on the politics of sustainability and commodification of Brazilian

    Read John Jackson's Chronicler Higher Education blog here:


    Hear Richard Leventhal speak on cultural heritage and Penn's outreach effort here:

    Read about the Penn Guatemala Health Initiative here: