Recent News

Passing of Emeritus Professor Paul Friedrich

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of our Emeritus Professor Paul Friedrich on August 11, 2016. As a poet, anthropologist, and linguist, he left a wide range of exceptional publications on language. The date of his memorial service on campus will be Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Professor Judith Farquhar appointed Faculty Director of Center in Beijing

Professor Judith Farquhar was appointed Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing for a three-year term starting July 1, 2016.

Prof. Constantine Nakassis Releases New Book: “Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India”

Professor Nakassis has released a new book through the University of Chicago Press: "Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India". Follow the link for further information about the book from UCP, including reviews: http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/D/bo22340598.html

Professor Alice Yao Releases New Book: “The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China”

Professor Yao has released a new book through Oxford University Press: "The Ancient Highlands of Southwest China: From the Bronze Age to the Han Empire". Follow this link for more information from OUP: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-ancient-highlands-of-southwest-china-9780199367344?cc=us&lang=en&

Justin Richland Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to congratulate Justin B. Richalnd, Associate Professor of Anthropology, on his being named a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenhim Foundation on April 5, 2016. The Fellowship will support the completion of his project "Open Fields: Ethics, Aesthetics and the Future of Native American Ethnography."

Susan Gal Awarded Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Professor Susan Gal was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 2014. “I have discovered that ‘teaching’ is not an adequate description of all we do. There is something more like ‘co-thinking,’ an extended conversation that continues as colleagueship,” Gal says. A full announcement is available here: http://www.uchicago.edu/features/building_lifelong_links_with_graduate_students/#gal

Professor Ralph Nicholas Releases New Book: “Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal”

Professor Ralph Nicholas' new book, "Thirteen Festivals: A Ritual Year in Bengal" has been released by Prasar Barti. Follow this link for more information about Professor Nicholas and the book: http://www.uchicago.in/events/show/thirteen_festivals_a_ritual_year_in_bengal_book_release_talk

Passing of Professor Raymond T. Smith

It is with great sadness that we report the recent death, on October 1, 2015, of our colleague, Raymond T. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. Professor Smith was a distinguished scholar of the Caribbean and the Americas whose research focused on kinship and family organization, class, race, poverty and gender. The view a memorial tribute and Professor Smith’s own website, click the link above.

Justin Richland Appointed Associate Justice of the Hopi Appellate Court

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to congratulate Justin B. Richland, Associate Professor of Anthropology, on his recent appointment as Associete Justice of the Hopi Appellate Court, the Suprement Court of the Hopi Nation (Kykotsmovi, Arizona).

Adela Amaral Wins 2014-15 AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to congratulate Adela Amaral for her selection by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology (CMIA) as recipient of the 2014-15 AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. Click above for a full description of Adela's work and award.

Michael Silverstein Wins AAA 2014 Franz Boas Award

The faculty, staff and students of the Department of Anthropology would like to extend their congratulations to Michael Silverstein, the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics and Psychology for his receipt of the 2014 Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology. Click for more information.

Joshua Babcock Wins SLA Prize for Best Undergraduate Essay

Anthropology major Joshua Babcock has won a 2013 Honorable Mention in the Society for Linguistic Anthropology's Best Undergraduate Essay Competition.

Alex Blanchette Wins 2014 Saller Prize for Best Dissertation in the Division of Social Sciences

The faculty, staff and students of the Department of Anthropology would like to extend their warmest congratulations to Alex Blanchette on the occasion of his being awarded the Saller Prize. Follow the link above for a complete announcement.

Professor Susan Gal Wins 2014 Faculty Award in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to congratulate Professor Susan Gal for her receipt of one of the University's 2014 Faculty Awards in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. Follow the link above to view the full announcement.

Joseph Masco’s “The Nuclear Borderlands” wins the 2014 J.I. Staley Prize

We are pleased to congratulate our colleague, Joseph Masco, for his recent receipt of the 2014 J.I. Staley Prize for his book, "The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico". Click the link above to view the details of the award.

Spring 2014 Course Descriptions Posted

Graduate and undergraduate course descriptions for Spring 2014 have been posted. To view them, follow this url: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/undergrad_program/graduate_and_undergraduate_courses_spring_2014/

Francois G. Richard Promoted to Tenure

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to extend its congratulations to our colleague Francois Richard, who was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Professor Richard is a historical anthropologist and archaeologist with interests in West Africa's past.

Judith Farquhar and Qicheng Zhang awarded the 2013 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize

Professor Judith Farquhar of the Department of Anthropology and Professor Qicheng Zhang of the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine have been awarded the 2013 Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize by the Society for East Asian Anthropology, for their book "Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing". Click above to read the full news story.

Winter 2014 Course Descriptions Posted

Visit the following URL to view course offerings from the Department of Anthropology for Winter 2014: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/grad_program/graduate_and_undergraduate_courses_winter_2014/

Passing of Professor George Stocking

It is with great sadness that we report the recent death, on July 13, 2013, of our colleague, George W. Stocking, Jr., Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and in the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science. Professor Stocking, a ground breaking historian of the social sciences, focused anthropology’s culturally observant eye on its own past, tracing the field’s development on two continents. To view full obituaries, click the link above.

Professor Joseph P. Masco Promoted to Full Professor

The Department of Anthropology wishes to extend its warm congratulations to our colleague, Joseph P. Masco, in recognition of his recent promotion to full Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Professor Masco writes and teaches courses on science and technology, U.S. national security culture, political ecology, mass media and critical theory. Click the link above to view the full announcement and link to Professor Masco's CV.

Sarah Elizabeth Vaughn appointed Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholar

Sarah Elizabeth Vaughn (BA Cornell, 2006; MA/M.Phil. Columbia, 2009; Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow 2012; PhD Columbia, 2013) will join the Anthropology Department as a Provost’s Career Enhancement Postdoctoral Scholar in July 2013. Follow the link above to view the details of Dr. Vaughn's research.

Caroline Elizabeth Schuster awarded Saller Dissertation Prize

Caroline (Carly) Schuster (PhD, Summer 2012) has been awarded the 2013 Richard Saller Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation (Social Collateral: Microcredit Development and the Politics of Interdependency in Paraguay) completed in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago in the period Spring 2012-Winter 2013. Carly is currently a member of the Academy Scholars Program at Harvard.

Department Announcement Regarding the Trauma Center Protest Incident of January 27

Please proceed to following URL to view the Department of Anthropology's letter to President Zimmer regarding the protest incident of January 27, 2013: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/people/department_announcement_regarding_the_trauma_center_protest_incident_of_jan

Passing of Professor Leslie Freeman

With great sadness, the Department of Anthropology reports the recent death of our colleague Leslie Freeman, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. Professor Freeman, a distinguished archaeologist, earned all of his degrees from the University of Chicago (AB'54, AM'61, PhD'64). He subsequently joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology in 1965 where he remained until his retirement. Professor Freeman's full obituary can be found by following the link above.

Spring 2013 Course Descriptions Posted

Visit the following URL to view course offerings from the Department of Anthropology for Spring 2013: http://anthropology.uchicago.edu/grad_program/graduate_and_undergraduate_courses_spring_2013

Professor Hussein Agrama Promoted to Tenure

The Department of Anthropology wishes to extend warm congratulations to our colleague Hussein Agrama who was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Professor Agrama has ongoing research interests in the anthropology of law, religion, Islam, the Middle East, and, most recently, France.

Shannon Lee Dawdy wins 2010 MacArthur Fellowship

In the fall of 2010, Shannon Lee Dawdy was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.

Julie Chu receives the 2012 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion

Julie Chu's Cosmologies of Credit has been awarded the 2012 Clifford Geertz Prize in the Anthropology of Religion

Kathleen Morrison Neukom Family Professor in Anthropology and the College.

Kathleen Morrison has been named the Neukom Family Professor in Anthropology and the College.

Alan Kolata becomes the Bernard E and Ellen C Sunny Distinguished Service Professor in Anthropology

President Zimmer has invited Alan Kolata to become the Bernard E and Ellen C Sunny Distinguished Service Professor in Anthropology and the College.

Julie Chu’s “Cosmologies of Credit” wins the 2011 Sharon Stephens Book Prize

"Cosmologies of Credit" has been awarded the American Ethnological Society's Sharon Stephens Prize. The goes to a work that speaks to contemporary social issues with relevance beyond the discipline and beyond the academy.

Janet Conner wins the SLA Undergraduate Student Essay Competition

Janet Conner has been chosen as the winner of the 2011 Society for Linguistic Anthropology Student Essay Competition.

Michael Dietler receives the AIA’s 2012 James R. Wiseman Book Prize

Michael Dietler's book "Archaeologies of Colonialism" has been awarded the Archaeological Institute of America's 2012 James R. Wiseman Book Prize. The award goes to the book deemed most worthy of recognition in archaeology.

Raymond D. Fogelson Prize

The Masters of Arts Program in the Social Sciences has established the Raymond D. Fogelson Prize for the MAPSS thesis achieving the highest distinction in the field of ethnology or history. This award honors Ray Fogelson, Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Comparative Human Development.

“Cosmologies of Credit” receives Honorable Mention for the SCA Gregory Bateson Prize

Julie Chu's book "Cosmologies of Credit: Transnational Mobility and the Politics of Destination in China" received Honorable Mention for the Society for Cultural Anthropology Gregory Bateson Prize.

Michel-Rolph Trouillot awarded the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award

Michel-Rolph Trouillot,Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, has been awarded the Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is given annually by the Caribbean Philosophical Association in recognition of up to three works in or of special interest to Caribbean thought.

Marshall Sahlins awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Artes et des Lettres

Marshall Sahlins, Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, has been awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Artes et des Lettres. The award recognizes eminent artists and writers, and those who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.