News and Announcements

  • Anth Grad Named Newest PIK Professor

    Michael Platt, who graduated with a PhD in Biological Anthropology from Penn in 1994, has been named the James S. Riepe University Professor, a PIK appointment through the Neuroscience Department in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Psychology Department in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Marketing Department in the Wharton School. Platt's research focuses on how the brain makes decisions, particularly examining decision-making, social cognition, and attention. Read more in the official press release here.

  • The Politics of Destruction

    With ISIS taking control of an increasing number of ancient sites in Iraq and Syria, the work of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, led by Professor Richard Leventhal, is more urgent than ever. CHC post-doctoral Fellow Katharyn Hanson spoke to CNN about the dangers posed to heritage in wartime, and how further destruction might be prevented.

  • Anth Ugrad Jose Romero Receives 2015 Yardley Prize

    Jose received the prize for his senior thesis project, "A Taste of Brown: Alimentary Anthropology Between Michoacan and Washington," advised by Professor Deborah Thomas.

    The Yardley Prize is awarded to the best thesis on political economy written by a member of the senior class in any undergraduate school at Penn. Congratulations to Jose!

  • Anthropology Celebrates Larysa Carr

    On Thursday, 4/30/15, the Department threw a surprise retirement party for Assistant to the Chair, Larysa Carr, who has been at Penn for 27 years and in Anthropology for 21 of those years. Greg Urban, Bob Schuyler and Rick Dunn all made remarks, and Marge Bruchac serenaded Larysa to the tune of 'Melissa' by the Allman brothers. The weather was lovely and Larysa's family, along with many well-wishers from anthropology and other places around Penn, were in attendance.

    Larysa's will still be with the department until August 1st of this year.

  • Righteous Dopefiend Exhibit Travels to Museum of Culture and Environment

    Professor Philippe Bourgois' exhibit will be on display at Central Washington University's Museum of Culture and Environment in Ellensburg, Washington from January 7th through March 21st, 2015. The exhibit is based on the book Righteous Dopefiend, published in 2009 after Dr. Bourgois and photographer-ethnographer Jeff Schonberg spent 12 years among a community of heroin injectors and crack smokers on the streets of San Francisco. It was formerly featured at the Penn Museum from December 5, 2009 through May 2010.

    Learn more here.

  • Students get up close and personal with ancient skeleton

    Students in ANTH 267: The Living World in Archaeological Science were recently allowed to examine a 6,500 year old skeleton from the site of Ur. The skeleton was recently re-discovered after spending decades in museum storage. Students "[took] on the challenge of laying out a long-term research project framed around this individual" and will learn about the application of such techniques as X-rays, CT scans, and isotopic analysis. Read more here.

  • Anth Ugrad Vanessa Koh Named 2015 Dean's Scholar

    Undergraduate and Anthropology Major Vanessa Koh has been named a 2015 Dean's Scholar due to her outstanding academic record and intellectual promise. As an Anthropology major, Vanessa has worked extensively with Professors Adriana Petryna and Kathy Hall. Her senior thesis, which includes an investigation of migrant labor and housing policy in Singapore, is an ambitious project in which she is working to create new understandings of migration, its legal rules, social norming, economic impossibilities, and political and social inequalities. Vanessa will be honored at The Levin Family Dean's Forum by The Levin Family Dean's Forum by SAS Dean Steven Fluharty.

  • 'When Experiments Travel' Awarded Honorable Mention for the 2014 Diana Forsythe Prize

    Professor Adriana Petryna's 2009 book 'When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects' has been awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2014 Diana Forsythe Prize by the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing of the General Anthropology Division, and the Society for the Anthropology of Work. The Diana Forsythe Prize was created in 1998 to celebrate the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe's feminist anthropological research on work, science, and technology, including biomedicine.The committee praised Dr. Petryna's work for its "rich ethnographic contributions to our understanding of health capitalism" and its "original theoretical work on experimentality and ethical variability".

    The 2014 Diana Forsythe Prize and Honorable Mention will be awarded at the annual American Anthropological Association meetings in Washington DC, during the General Anthropology Division Awards Ceremony and Distinguished Lecture on Friday, December 5, 2015, at 1 pm in the Palladian Ballroom of the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

  • Native American and Indigenous Studies has a new home at Penn

    Assistant Professor Marge Bruchac, collaborating with like-minded colleagues across the University, has launched a new Native American and Indigenous Studies Program here at Penn. The program will be home to the new NAIS minor, and will be a hub for events, courses, and news related to Native American and Indigenous Studies at Penn and beyond. For more information, check out the newly-launched NAIS website.

    The new minor has been featured in both SAS Frontiers and the Penn Current.

  • Prof. John Jackson embarks on multi-city tour to address "The Future of Social Change"

    Recently named Dean of Penn's School of Social Policy, Anthropology Professor John Jackson will be traveling to cities across the US as part of The Future of Social Change Tour. This Fall, Dr. Jackson will host events in New York City, Tampa, and Washington D.C., with additional locations planned for Spring. Read more here.