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. UPDATE: His memorial service on campus will take place at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016 in Bond Chapel.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.