News and Announcements

  • 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

  • New Research Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates

    The University of Pennsylvania considers research experience integral to an undergraduate student's education.  Penn's alumni community has created a number of grants to support the scholarly work of undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences. Research in any field is eligible for support. For more information, examples of previously funded projects and to apply for a College Alumni Society Grant please visit:


    The Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant is open to all undergraduates at Penn and provides funds to pursue an independent scholarly project in any field. Funds can be used for costs of materials and supplies, travel costs, or other project costs. Students in the College should apply for the College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant. For more information, examples of previously funded projects and to apply, please visit:


    Applications and all supporting materials are due electronically to CURF by midnight, October 25.

  • Job Announcement: Anthropology Department and University Museum Endowed Professorship in Anthropology

    The University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology seek to hire a leading archaeologist at the Associate or Full Professor level to fill the Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Endowed Professorship in Anthropology. We are looking for candidates with outstanding research and publication records who can bring innovative ideas, techniques, and new kinds of data to broad questions of current anthropological significance.

    This will be a dual appointment in the Department and the Museum. For the Department, the successful candidate will teach two classes per year ranging from scientific research methodology to the department’s core archaeological curriculum, including undergraduate courses and seminars on theory and her/his regional/temporal specialty. Within the Museum, he or she will hold a curatorial position, and be expected to provide leadership in discussions of collections-based research. The ideal candidate would also be able to contribute to the Museum’s new laboratory-based Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) in both teaching and research.

    Temporal focus and geographical area are open, although some preference will be given to candidates with research interests in Africa, Oceania, South Asia or the Maya World. An on-going field and/or laboratory project is essential and researchers who have made major contributions to archaeological science should emphasize this in their applications. The ability to collaborate with archaeological programs in other departments is also desirable.

  • New Department Administrator

    Larysa E. Carr's last day in the department is Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Ariel Smith will be stepping in as our new Administrative Coordinator. Ariel's duties will include assisting the Chair with departmental business as well as managing the other members of our staff. We will begin the process of hiring a new Undergraduate Coordinator shortly.