Recent News

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.

Felipe Gaitan-Ammann appointed ACLS/Mellon New Faculty Fellow

Felipe Gaitan-Ammann (BA Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, 2001; M.Phil. Columbia, 2006; PhD Columbia, 2012; Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities, the Cogut Center for the Humanities/Anthropology, Brown University, 2011-13) will join the Anthropology Department as an ACLS/Mellon New Faculty Fellow in July 2013. Follow the link above to view the details of Dr. Gaitan-Ammann's research.

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.