News and Announcements

  • 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!

  • Dr. Adriana Petryna wins Royal Anthropological Institute "Wellcome Medal"

    Dr. Adriana Petryna has been recognized for her significant contribution to the field of Medical Anthropology. In particular, Dr. Petryna's books When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects, When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health, and Life Exposed: Biological Citizens after Chernobyl were nominated for the award.

    Look for more details in the June 2016 issue of Anthopology Today!

    We congratulate Dr. Petryna on this success!

  • Anthropology Faculty Dr. Kate Moore wins Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty


    The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Dr. Katherine Moore, Mainwaring Teaching Specialist in the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty. Dr. Moore’s incredibly dynamic instruction brings students from all over campus to our department; we are sincerely grateful for her passion for teaching. Dr. Moore has graciously offered more insight into what she does and why she does it…

    What do you teach?

    I teach mostly archaeology including a sequence of courses in the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials; I also enjoy teaching a course called “Food and Feasting: the Archaeology of the Table”.

    What is your favorite part of teaching undergraduates? 

    Penn undergraduates have wonderful skills and background but very few have had a previous chance to learn about archaeology and anthropology when they get to college. The intrinsic fascination of the human past and how we get at it is new to them, and it’s a lot of fun to see their curiosity and enthusiasm open up.


    What do you hope students gain from taking your courses? 

  • Alumnus Accepts Position at Columbia University!

    We are happy to announce that 2015 alumnus, Dr. Adam Leeds, has accepted a tenure-track position in Columbia University's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Dr. Leeds completed his dissertation, "Spectral Liberalisms: On the Subjects of Political Economy in Moscow" last summer. Before Dr. Leeds begins his position with CU, he will be completing a two year Post-Doc position at the Harvard Academy of International and Area Studies. We congratulate Dr. Leeds and look forward to his accomplishments with the CU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.


    You're Invited!

    Friday Feb. 26th 10am-2pm Museum Room 345

    The #PennAnth annual undergraduate research conference known as ANTHROFEST brings together undergraduates involved in research across all concentrations in anthropology, as well as faculty and the broader undergraduate and graduate community. We invite you to stay for the entire conference or drop in for one or two presentations. Lunch will be provided for presenters and audience members.

  • #PennAnth Faculty, Dr. Marge Bruchac awarded prestigious fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Dr. Margaret M. Bruchac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and
    Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies at Penn, has
    just been awarded a prestigious fellowship funded by the Andrew W.
    Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National
    Fellowship Foundation! The Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior
    Faculty is intended to increase the presence of minority and other
    faculty members who are, as WWNF articulates it: "committed to
    eradicating racial disparities, and breaking down stereotypes and
    promoting cross-racial understanding in core fields in the arts and
    sciences. Dr. Bruchac will be on sabbatical leave for the 2016-2017
    academic year, composing a series of publications based on findings
    from her research projects, including On the Wampum Trail (funded
    by the Penn Museum) and The Speck Connection (funded by the University
    Research Foundation).

  • Paid Summer Research Opportunities with #PennAnth Faculty


    Each year Penn supports undergraduate involvement in faculty research through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (PURM), which provides students completing their first or second undergraduate year the opportunity to spend a summer as a research assistant for a Penn faculty member. Since its inception in 2007, PURM has funded over 400 Penn faculty members to provide more than 500 undergraduates with cutting-edge research experiences.


    STUDENT APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, February 22, 2016, 12noon

    2016 PURM Projects can be found here!

  • #PennAnth in the Penn Current!

  • #PennAnth MA Candidate Fahim Rahimi to be appointed as the next Director of the National Museum in Afghanistan

    The #PennAnth community is proud to announce that Fahim Rahimi, MA candidate 2016, will become the next Director of the National Museum in Afghanistan. Rahimi's main focus is cultural heritage management and preservation, with particular interest in the cultural heritage of Afghanistan.  For more information visit the Kolb Society website: