From the Chair — Spring 2019

Patricia Kramer
Patricia Kramer

The Department of Anthropology and the University of Washington celebrates the achievements of our students each spring as many of them graduate and leave our immediate community. With this newsletter, we attempt to do something of the same — share with you, our larger community, the accomplishments of the current members of the Department of Anthropology and our many and far-flung alumni. We also want to take the opportunity to introduce you to new members of our community as a way of maintaining the decades-long tradition of UW Anthropology.

Our purpose as a department is to create and disseminate knowledge about people — across diverse populations extant today, through the lens of deep time and evolutionary processes, in how we communicate, and what we make and leave behind. Toward that educational goal, the department continues to grow with over 600 undergraduate majors and minors and close to 100 graduate students. This year we introduced a new option for our BA degree in Indigenous Archaeology and a new BS degree with options in Medical Anthropology and Global Health, Archaeological Sciences, and Human Evolutionary Biology. Our students accomplish remarkable things, and they go on from Denny Hall to become physicians, activists, parents, leaders, and generally better-informed citizens of the world due to the education that they received here. We are happy to be able to share some of their achievements with you in the pages that follow.

This year saw the promotion and tenure of Dr. Sara Gonzalez and Dr. Radhika Govindrajan to Associate Professor. I hope that you will enjoy reading about these and other activities and accomplishments of UW anthropologists. These last three years as department chair, it has been my privilege and honor to support and facilitate the excellent work being done by our students, staff, and faculty. I look forward to the adventures ahead.

Please come visit us in Denny Hall! We are eager to stay in touch, and the AnthropoLog e-newsletter is just one way we hope to do this. Our website also lists events that we encourage you to attend, if possible, and has links for making donations. The website also features news, and we welcome our alumni to share items that we might post.

Thank you so much for your interest in the Department of Anthropology, your support of our students, and your friendship. We are so grateful to have you in our community.


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