Recent News

Front of Denny Hall, the oldest building on the University of Washington campus, completed in 1895. The building underwent a recent remodel, which restored the central stairwell and skylight, and opens for autumn quarter 2016 classes in September
Denny Hall’s transformation comes to completion when students, staff, and faculty return to a newly remodeled and fully functioning building in fall 2016. This renovation, not without some hurdles, came in under budget and 189 days early, according to Randy Everett, project manager for UW Capital Projects Office. “One of the goals of this project was to bring in light since it was such a dark and dismal building,” said Everett. Once a dark and foreboding, though beautiful place, the... Read more
Wayne Suttles highlighted in his class of 1937 Bothell HS photo
Wayne P. Suttles received a doctorate in anthropology from the University of Washington in 1951 — the first doctoral degree awarded by the program — for his dissertation entitled, “Economic Life of the Coast Salish of Haro and Rosario Straits” and was inducted into the Northshore School District Wall of Honor... Read more
Book cover of Dr. Amrute's book "Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin"
Sareeta Amrute, associate professor of anthropology, announced the publication of her new book, Encoding Races, Encoding Class, Indian IT Workers in Berlin, by Duke University Press.  "This ethnography explores the lives of Indian IT coders temporarily working in Berlin, where cognitive labor reimagines the body, race, and class and helps frame migration and personhood in global capitalism," writes Amrute. Andrea Muehlebach, author of The Moral Neoliberal: Welfare... Read more
Professor Peter Lape reflects on historic Seattle, Coast Salish cultural displacement and revitalization, in ARCADE. See the article here: A Story Told in Stone and Wood: Archaeology, the Coast Salish and Historic Seattle
The Department of Anthropology offers a special topics course taught by Professor Bettina Shell Duncan on health disparities in King County with a focus on the Somali refugee and immigrant communities. This is a service learning course, in which students are required to volunteer at a local organization focused on serving refugee and immigrant populations in King County. This type of experiential learning exposes students to unique perspectives while providing partner organizations with engaged... Read more
GRADUATE STUDENTS  Jeannie Bailey and some of her colleagues launched a podcast called The Bone Lab, which is funded by an education outreach grant provided by the American Association of Anatomists. Dianne Baumann received a Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to study Blackfoot in Browning, MT on the Blackfeet Reservation. She was also selected for this year’s Olson Fellowship. Darren Byler received a one-quarter dissertation... Read more
The Department of Anthropology has welcomed two wonderful new staff to our community in the last year: academic counselor Morgan Hale, and program assistant Sasha Duttchoudhary. Both of them are 2013 graduates of UW, Morgan with a BA in Anthropology and Sasha with a BA in English. We asked them each to tell us about their journey here and the work they do. Here they are, in their own words: Morgan Hale What was your route to UW and to this position? My route was... Read more
The completed Angyaaq frame in the Burke, December 2015
In December 2015, Sven Haakanson led an extraordinary month-long program at the Burke Museum which saw part of the main level foyer turned into a work space, smelling sweetly of red cedar, resonating with the rhythmic scraping of wood planes. Sven, students, Burke and UW staff, and curious museum visitors worked together to build a full sized Angyaaq, a twenty-five-foot open boat, in addition to eleven oars. For over a thousand years, Sugpiat peoples across the Alaska Peninsula, Kodiak Island,... Read more
Photo of Dan Grunspan
Anthropology graduate student Dan Grunspan recently made national news with his article, “Males Under-Estimate Academic Performance of Their Female Peers in Undergraduate Biology Classrooms.” Dan did not set out with the goal of demonstrating gender bias among college students. Rather, he was collecting and analyzing data on how students form study groups and how these impact their subsequent grades as part... Read more
Don Grayson, photo by Mary Levin, UW Photography, 2011
On April 28, 2016, Professor Don Grayson delivered the University Faculty Lecture on the topic of “The Extinct Ice Age Mammals of North America,” to a packed house in Kane Hall. In it, he explored the myriad wonders of the extinct mammal fauna of Ice Age North America, questioning whether humans who coexisted with giant sloths, saber-tooth cats, dire wolves, mammoths, and other large mammals in ancient North America may have played a role in their extinction. Drawing on a broad variety of... Read more