News and Announcements

  • 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.

  • Anthropology Pedagogy

    Check out a new series of talks organized by #PennAnth graduate student Paul Mitchell, discussing the praxis of teaching anthropology today.


    For more info, head over to the Anthropology Pedagogy page.

  • Dana Walrath, Penn Anthropology PhD Alumnus, Gains Recognition For Her Latest Publication

    "Aliceheimer’s found me rather than the other way around. In February of 2008, for the second time in the space of six months, my mother, Alice, had just been kicked out of her apartment. The reason? Her Alzheimer’s disease. My sister and I looked for alternatives around New York City, her life-long home. We were hoping to keep her near the relatives to which she was the closest, near to her friends. Instead, she moved hundreds of miles north to live with me and my family in the Vermont woods. Vermont winters are long and cold. She hated snow. I was the daughter who got on her nerves. The feeling was mutual…"

    -Dana Walrath

    More on Dr. Walrath's "Aliceheimer's":
    NY Times Interview with Dr. Walrath

    “[Aliceheimer’s] offers a brand-new looking glass into Alzheimer's—one that, like Carroll’s mirror, displays a parallel world rather than our own. Walrath dared to follow Alice down the rabbit hole of the disease and emerged with a courageous depiction of a fascinating world below.” —Nancy Stearns Bercaw, Seven Days

  • Dr. Jane Goodall Receives the Krogman Award at the Penn Museum



    The Krogram Award is given to those individuals who are pioneering and transformative of knowledge within the related fields of human evolutionary studies. In the spirit and application of Krogman’s own work, the recipient’s research must be heavily data driven, synthetic, interdisciplinary and integrated into a life-long dedication to education and service to all humankind.

    Krogman’s own research was in the application of methodologies to illuminate the importance of biological and cultural variation to evolutionary process. His database encompassed the vastly diverse communities and neighborhoods of Philadelphia where he studied the growth and development of inner city children from conception to adulthood and eventually into senescence - his work continues today, in the Krogman Growth Center, as it enters into its 8th phase of research.

  • Dr. Naomi Miller Wins the Fryxell Award in Interdisciplinary Research from the Society for American Archaeology

    Dr. Naomi Miller has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Fryxell Award in Interdisciplinary Research from the Society for American Archaeology. This is the premiere career achievement award in the archaeological sciences, and the award rotates among five fields, only to be presented in plant sciences every five years. More information, including a list of the distinguished past awardees, can be found here.
  • First #PennAnth Psychoanalytic Studies Minor


     Jamie F. Cerecino, ’16, has become the first student at the University of Pennsylvania to graduate with a minor in psychoanalytic studies – this in addition to her double major in anthropology and psychology.  The faculty of the minor in psychoanalytic studies would like to congratulate Jamie for these accomplishments.  We are also grateful to her for her work as administrative coordinator for the minor, including helping to establish the minor’s website.  We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.  
  • #PennAnth Graduate Student Wins Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students

    Congratulations to Anthropology PhD student Paul Mitchell for winning one of the Penn Prizes for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are incredibly proud of this accomplishment and acknowledge the significant contribution Paul makes to our undergraduate program as a TA. This honor demonstrates Paul's passion for teaching and willingness to engage undergraduates in essential learning opportunities. Congrats, Paul!