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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
The 2021 Husky 100, a group of 100 students making the most of their time at the UW, have been announced. Featured on University of Washington 
"As social scientists and public health practitioners familiar with Nepal’s health care delivery and emergency response systems, we recognize that ultimately, the capacity to care for people suffering from COVID-19 in Nepal is severely limited, with roughly 1,500 intensive care beds and just over 800 ventilators in the country. The mountainous terrain throughout much of the country, along with a lack of infrastructure, political marginalization and poverty compound the impacts of infectious... Read more
Since 1994, alumni and friends in the Multicultural Alumni Partnership have worked together to promote diversity at the UW and address issues of equity and diversity on our campuses and in our community. This year’s promising scholars range from early undergraduates who are still zeroing in on a major to those pursuing graduate and professional degrees. Featured on UW Magazine 
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In September 2020, we welcomed Raphaëlle Rabanes as new faculty in sociocultural anthropology. Dr. Rabanes is a medical anthropologist who works across the fields of Black Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Disability Studies. She was trained in the joint Medical Anthropology PhD program at the University of California Berkeley and University of California San Francisco and in the Black Studies Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara. She also previously practiced as a... 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 AgoadaMr. Jefferey L. BabautaRobert T. Boyd, Ph.D.Ms. Marion W. BurnsCurtis Wienker TrustWilliam S. Dancey, Ph.D. and Ms. Kathleen Reilly DanceyLydia A. DeSantis, Ph.D.Mr. Bharat Dubal and Dr. Saroj DubalG. Carter Bentley... Read more
GRADUATE STUDENTS David Carlson, a PhD student in archaeology, received the Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship for 2020-21 for his dissertation entitled, “Residence, Resistance, and Racialization: A Historical Archaeology of Japanese American Daily Life at Barneston, Washington.” Erin Gamble, a PhD student in archaeology, received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant for her dissertation research, “Trade and Entanglement in Precolonial Hokkaido: The Formation of the Okhotsk... Read more
Staff John Cady, anthropology department fiscal coordinator for the last 16 years, has accepted a new position in the Dean’s Office to help with the coming transition to Workday Financials. UW has determined Workday Financials will provide the best available platform to support its business objectives for Finance Transformation. After 20 years with the Department of Anthropology and some 30 years at the University of Washington, Michael Caputi... Read more
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I designed the course Visuality and Medicine to introduce students in the Department of Anthropology — particularly those in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (MAGH) — to insights from critical visual studies and science and technology studies regarding visuality. What is visuality? It is a strange term, so we address it together on the first day of class. I think of visuality as quite simply anything that has to do with the visual: images, seeing, being seen. It is important to medicine... Read more
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The COVID pandemic has helped us appreciate the “essential workers” and shone a light on just how many different kinds of essential health care workers there are. Even then, our health system is so complex that there are still many you may not even know about. It’s now the job of Associate Teaching Professor Marieke van Eijk to share the stories of one of those types of workers: health insurance navigators. These are the people who help others through the complicated world of obtaining,... Read more

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