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List of resources for Anthropology Students, Staff and Faculty University of Washington Position Statements:November 9th Statement from President Ana Mari Cauce on “Our Shared Ideals”November 17th Statement form President Ana Mari... Read more
"Mistreated: The Political Consequences of the Fight against AIDS in Lesotho" Book Cover
Author: Nora Kenworthy A critical ethnography of global health initiatives, showing how, even as they save lives, they can usher in new forms of disenfranchisement for citizens in African states. As global health institutions and aid donors expanded HIV treatment throughout Africa, they rapidly "scaled up" programs, projects, and organizations meant to address HIV and AIDS. Yet these efforts did not simply have biological effects: in addition to extending lives and preventing further... Read more
cover of the book "Mexican Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements"
EDITED BY DEVON G. PEÑA, LUZ CALVO, PANCHO MCFARLAND, AND GABRIEL R. VALLE “We live in a time when a handful of global corporations and philanthrocapitalists are pushing for a nonsustainable, unjust, unhealthy, and undemocratic model of ‘One Agriculture, One Science.’ This paradigm is based on GMO monocultures and patent monopolies on seed and knowledge. This volume offers a diverse chorus of insightful voices from farmers, cooks, seed savers, plant breeders, organizers, farm workers, and... Read more
Professor Emeritus Edgar "Bud" Winans
Edgar "Bud" Vincent Winans (1930 – 2017) Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington died July 14, 2017. Bud was an internationally recognized scholar and teacher, expert on African culture, politics, and economy. For half a century, Bud was a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington. During his long career, he was one of the first American anthropologists to concentrate on East Africa, and saw many African countries... Read more
GRADUATE STUDENTS Baishakhi Basu was awarded a NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant for her doctoral research on, "The effect of famine on ovarian aging in Bangladeshi women."  Dianne Baumann received National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for three years beginning 2017. She also received the Anthropology James Fellowship for 2017-18. Darren Byler was awarded a Simpson Center Society of Scholars research... Read more
FACULTY Holly Barker, UW Anthropology Senior Lecturer and Burke Museum Curator for Oceanic and Asian Culture, spoke at the 2016 UW Freshman Convocation and was nominated for the Distinguished Contributions to Lifelong Learning Award from the University of Washington. Radhika Govindrajan was awarded the AAA General Anthropology Division Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship Award for her article, ‘The Goat That Died for Family: Animal Sacrifice and Interspecies... Read more
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those generous donors who contributed to our efforts this past year. We believe that anthropology makes a world of difference and we want you to know that you make a world of difference to us! Dr. David Agoada Ann S. Anagnost, PhD Robert T. Boyd, PhD Dr. Ruth G. Bryan Curtis Wienker Trust William S. Dancey, PhD Lydia A. DeSantis, PhD Lawrence Epstein, PhD Mr. Dennis M. Fleck Mr. Jason T. Froggatt Ms. Yunqi Fu Ms. Patricia... Read more
Written by Peter Lape At a public ceremony at the UW Intellectual House on May 12, 2017, tribal and US political leaders spoke to mark the end of the long journey of the Ancient One. These ancestral human remains (also known as Kennewick Man) were discovered on the banks of the Columbia River in Kennewick, Washington in 1996. The bones soon became the center of a conflict between a group of anthropologists who sued to prevent his repatriation, the Army Corps of Engineers, who owned the land... Read more
Professor Stevan Harrell at a Yanguan Primary School Dance, 2016
Professor Stevan Harrell has been roaming the University of Washington campus, physically and intellectually, since joining the Department of Anthropology in 1974. Professor Harrell chaired the department from 1993-99, and has held appointments as a Curator of Asian Ethnology at the Burke Museum; Professor of China Studies in the Jackson School for International Studies; and Professor in the College of Forest Resources in the School of the Environment. He is a member of several centers (... Read more
Dr. Donald K. Grayson after signing the member registry during his induction to the National Academy of Sciences in 2014.
During the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and to have been chosen to give the annual University of Washington Faculty Lecture. All three experiences were so different that I describe them in chronological order. I was inaugurated into the National Academy of Sciences in 2014. Held in Washington D.C., the inauguration was eye-opening, in that I realized immediately that the... Read more