News and Announcements

  • '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.

  • Penn CHC Organizes Seminars on Saving Syrian Heritage

    The Penn Cultural Heritage Center, directed by Anthropology Professor Richard Leventhal, is bringing together activists, archaeologists and curators in an effort to preserve Syrian cultural heritage. Read more about their efforts in the 9/11/14 issue of Penn Current.

  • Adjunct Professor Janet Monge Named Philly's Best Museum Curator

    Philadelphia Magazine has named Dr. Janet Monge 'Best Museum Curator' as part of their 2014 Best of Philly series. Find out why Dr. Monge tops their list here, or see the Penn Museum's top ten reasons for celebrating Dr. Monge here.

  • Anthro Grad Student Receives Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    Britt Dahlberg has been selected to receive a 2014 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her project entitled 'Envisioning Post-Industrial Futures: Community Activism and Government Environmental Health Science.' Britt's work "tracks the efforts of residents, government agencies, and local developers to locate environmental health threats as existing in the past, present, or future," taking the town of Ambler, Pennsylvania as a case study.

    To learn more about her research, click here.

  • Assistant Professor Marge Bruchac on the Power of Restorative Methodologies

    Penn News reports on Assistant Professor Marge Bruchac and her unique approach to identifying Native American objects, explaining that "[h]er approach, which she refers to as 'restorative methodologies,' involves tapping into multiple data streams, including oral traditions, material analysis, university archives, anthropological publications, craft technologies and social memory." To read more, check out the full story, here or Dr. Bruchac's research blog On the Wampum Trail.

    In the upcoming Fall 2014 semester, Dr. Bruchac will be offering two courses: ANTH 002 001- Intro to Cultural Anthropology and ANTH 328 001- Performing Culture: Native American Arts.

  • 2014 Anthropology Accolades

    Penn Anthropology congratulates the class of 2014! Six of our graduate students and forty-one of our undergraduates were awarded degrees this May. We also congratulate all of our students, past and present, who have received awards and honors this past year.

    Click for more information about the various honorees (graduate awards can be found on the graduate student website, and undergraduate awards can be found here) or click here for a full list of our 2014 graduates.

  • Penn Prof Receives SAA Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis

    Congratulations to Dr. Harold Dibble, who has received the SAA’s Award for Excellence in Archaeological Analysis for his remarkable achievements in the study of chipped stone technology and Paleolithic archaeology. In addition to being a professor here in the Anthropology Department, Dr. Dibble is also a curator in the European Section of the Penn Museum.  Dr. Dibble’s contributions are extensive and include reinterpretation of Paleolithic typology; examination of technology in relation to raw material access, taphonomy and site formation processes; experiments into the formation of flakes; the study of symbolic behavior, and the development of field techniques. His research on such sites as Combe-Capelle Bas, Tabun, and La Ferrassie has revolutionized our understanding of Middle Paleolithic technological organization and land-use, with implications that extend well beyond western Eurasia and North Africa. He has set an exceptionally high standard for actualistic research in a laboratory setting. Dr. Dibble’s legacy is enhanced by his outstanding record of collaboration and student training. In presenting this award the SAA recognizes Dr. Dibble’s significant and lasting contributions to lithic analysis.

  • Anthropology Seniors Receive Rose Awards

    Chris Chan and Akiva Sanders have been selected to receive 2014 Rose Awards for their Anthropology Senior Thesis projects. The Rose Award, administered by Penn's Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), recognizes outstanding undergraduate research projects completed by graduating seniors under the supervision of a Penn faculty member. Chris' paper, "Disgust and the Human Ecology of Insect Consumption," was completed under the mentorship of Dr. Katherine Moore (Anthropology) and Dr. Paul Rozin (Psychology). Akiva's paper, "Fingerprints and the Organization of the Ceramic Industry Over Time at Tell Leilan: Gender and the State in Northern Mesopotamia during the Early and Middle Bronze Age," was completed under the mentorship of Dr. Lauren Ristvet (Anthropology). The Department extends its congratulations to Chris and Akiva and its thanks to the faculty advisors and others who supported them in their endeavors.