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Last April, over 40 anthropology students, along with Department Chair Janelle Taylor, Director of Student Services Diane Guerra, and Academic Advisor Joni Marts, convened for an inaugural meeting to resurrect the University of Washington anthropology club. At this meeting, students expressed a desire for increased opportunities for social and academic networking, in order to transform a collection of students who are studying anthropology into a community of engaged and involved... Read more
Many people in the Seattle area have heard of Danny Shelton, the first team All-American Husky football player who, as a graduating senior was just drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the NFL draft. Danny is not only an exceptional football player; he is also first team, All-American academic team, the first Husky to... Read more
Every year, thousands of students take courses in anthropology at UW. For most, this brief exploration into the many diverse ways of being human becomes part of their overall education as, we hope, thoughtful and well-informed fellow citizens. For several hundred students, this first course leads to many others, and to a major or minor in anthropology. For a small number it may eventually lead to graduate study and a PhD in anthropology. One of the students who took Anthropology 100 at UW in... Read more
Professor Sasha Welland
As its six cross-listings might suggest — ANTH 328 / GWSS 328 / JSIS 328 / ANTH 528 / GWSS 528 / JSIS 528 — Gender and Sexuality in China is no ordinary class. This past winter, Professor Sasha Welland set out to teach a course spanning from dynastic China up to present day, from Chinese women’s political tracts and activism in the early 1900s, to men’s writings on same-sex love and desires in early-to-mid-twentieth-century China, to gender queries posed by the contemporary... Read more
Bettina Shell Duncan
The Atlantic recently published an excellent interview with Bettina Shell Duncan, professor in the Biocultural Anthropology Program about her research of the past two decades on female genital cutting (FGC), known also as female genital mutilation or female circumcision. Duncan recently joined a research consortium that has been awarded $13 million by the UK’s... Read more
Denny Hall Exterior
The UW Department of Anthropology is moving. We will move back, but when we do it will not be to the same Denny Hall. Denny Hall is, as almost any visitor to the UW has heard, the oldest building on campus. Designed by Seattle architect Charles W. Saunders in the French Renaissance Revival style, the Administration Building (as Denny Hall was known until 1910) was completed in 1895. It was the first step in the university’s move from its overcrowded quarters in downtown Seattle. “What an... Read more
Janelle Taylor headshot
This year as cherry blossoms give way to spring greenery, and graduating seniors order their caps and gowns, UW Anthropology faculty, staff, and graduate students are busy packing up books, files, collections, equipment, and belongings to move to Condon Hall, where the department will be temporarily housed while Denny Hall undergoes a thorough remodel. The prospect of moving prompts reflections on the work and the lives that have unfolded in this place over many years. This issue of... Read more
GRADUATE STUDENTS Jeannie Bailey received a UWRA Fellowship in Aging (awarded for winter 2015) to work on her research looking at the effects of caloric restriction on the rate and severity of spinal osteoarthritis, as well as her dissertation work on women’s health pertaining to sex differences in lumbar spine form and function. Hilary Bethancourt was awarded a NICHD (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) training... Read more
Lecturer Holly Barker was one of five UW faculty mentors honored with an Undergraduate Research Mentor Award in spring 2013. Students who participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium select the mentors for the award. Assistant Professor Dan Eisenberg’s paper about the importance of paternal age in reproduction was recommended by “Faculty of 1000” and was also covered by the BBC Science in... 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! David Agoada, DPMAlliance for EducationProf. Ann S. Anagnost and Mr. John BurgeMs. Diane E. BarryRobert T. Boyd, PhDDr. Ruth G. BryanMario A. Ceron Valdes, PhDCurtis Wienker TrustProf. and Mrs. William S. DanceyLydia A.... Read more