Recent News

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Current Issues in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (MAGH) Seminar Series (ANTH 324/524) During Autumn 2021, the Current Issues in MAGH seminar series will take place on Wednesdays 3:30-4:50. While this is also a class for credits, everyone is welcome to attend. Please email to register and obtain the link. Healing, Resilience and Care:  What’s Love Got to Do With It?  Around the world, people are reeling from the... Read more
Denny Hall, home of the Department of Anthropology
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
Cele Wolman in Wexley
In September 2021 UW Anthropology welcomed our inaugural cohort of three students into a new MA Program in Archaeological Heritage. This program addresses a regional need for advanced training in archaeology which is not filled by existing programs, and will provide trained practitioners with the skills necessary for careers in archaeology. This new program was designed to give students specifically interested in careers in Cultural Resource Management... Read more
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Dear friends of UW Anthropology, Welcome to the Winter 2022 Newsletter.  I have the honor of serving as Interim Chair during academic year 2021/2022. You may have already heard the exciting news that Associate Professor Sven Haakanson has been named incoming Chair of Anthropology (5-year term effective July 1, 2023).  Sven and I are working closely together this academic year as we support the existing programs and lay the groundwork for a bright and exciting future, and Sven’s colleagues are... Read more
Huge congratulations to Melanie Martin and postdoc Monica Keith, who are among the winners of the Decoding Maternal Morbidity Challenge from NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Their team submission, led by Monica, used data from NICHD's Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study, theories of allostatic load, and structural equation modeling to clarify causal pathways between cumulative... Read more
UW Regent Leonard Forsman, chairman of Suquamish Tribe – photo courtesy of Crosscut
Gov. Jay Inslee has named Leonard Forsman to the University of Washington Board of Regents. Forsman is the first native person to serve as a UW regent. He is chairman of the Suquamish Tribe, where he has served on the tribal council for more than 30 years. Forsman obtained a BA at the University of Washington in Anthropology in 1987. Featured on Washington Governor Jay... Read more
Research Family
By Rachael Tamngin and Holly Barker Anthropology graduate student Rachael Tamngin and Pacific Islander students at the Burke Museum created the first version of “Research Family” in 2013 with the guidance of Dr. Holly Barker, Curator of Oceanic and Asian Culture. Research Family came into being as a way to activate the Pacific Islander cultural collections at the Burke and to open research opportunities for students underrepresented in... Read more
At the Society for Medical Anthropology awards ceremony in early November, James Pfeiffer (Professor, Anthropology, and the School of Public Health) was awarded the "George Foster Practicing Medical Anthropology Award" -  a career achievement recognition that “…recognizes those who have made significant contributions... Read more
Bill Haglund speaking at the tribunal
The Department of Anthropology mourns the passing of two members of our community: Dr. William Haglund and Dr. Katherine Taylor. As biological anthropologists with a focus on forensic anthropology, both devoted their lives to giving a voice to the voiceless,... Read more
Headshot photo of Prof. Sam Dubal
Sam Dubal was in a hurry to change the world. Determined to address inequities in medicine, he earned a medical degree and a PhD in medical anthropology by the time he was 31. He published his first book a year later, before joining the UW faculty as an assistant professor of anthropology last year. One month into his new position, Dubal — an avid hiker — disappeared on Mt. Rainier. His life and stellar career were cut short.... Read more