News and Awards

The winners of the 2018-19 department BA thesis prizes are announced.

The faculty of the department of anthropology at the University of Chicago has voted to express solidarity and support for the work stoppage and picket led by Graduate Students United (GSU).

Three anthropology majors win the undergraduate summer scholarship of 2019.

Graduate student Ji Yea Hong wins the 2018 Dying and Bereavement Doctoral Student Paper Prize from the Dying and Bereavement Interest Group of Society for Medical Anthropology, a section of the Ame

Graduate student Maira Hayat wins the 2018 Sylvia Forma Prize from the Association for Feminist Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association.



Student Spotlight: Emily Bock


Emily R. Bock is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago whose research is situated at the intersection of critical race theory, black studies, queer theory, performance studies, and ethnographic methods/writing. Her dissertation, Ordinary Queens: the ball, the streets, and the beyond of survival, is an ethnographic investigation of the everyday lives of members of the underground ballroom scene in Chicago and New York which tracks the diverse aesethic and performative practices this community has developed for imagining, performing, and securing the “good life.” Following members as they move between community centers, coffee shops, workshops and balls, Ordinary Queens argues that the performative practices one develops in the ballroom scene might be thought of as strategies for answering the question of “how ought we live” (in a way that is distinctly black and decidedly queer) and thus can be understood as pushing beyond notions of survival or repair.
The Chicago native holds a BA in Anthropology and Dance from Barnard College and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Additional areas of interest include theories of the ordinary and everyday, gender and sexuality studies, media studies, and critical theory.