Recent News

An excavation of an ancient city in Honduras has yielded a trove of remarkable stone artifacts. Two UW anthropology students are part of the team. Featured on National Geographic 
Anthropology major Cassie Strickland has won one of the most prestigious awards in college sports, the 2015 Senior CLASS Award in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball. Featured on UW Athletics 
Muslim-American parents are finding that keeping their children’s faith experience joyful is becoming a more challenging task. Michael Perez, lecturer in anthropology at the UW, is quoted. Featured on The Washington Post 
The UW Chamber Singers rehearse Handel's Messiah.
Julie Stein and the Burke Museum go way back. Thirty five years ago, as a newly hired UW assistant professor of anthropology, Stein served as an adjunct curator at the museum. Ten years later she became curator of archaeology. In 2005, she was selected as the Burke’s executive director — a position she still holds. "I hope people feel more connected to the world around them after visiting the Burke,"... 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! Mr. David AgoadaAmerican Council of Learned SocietiesProf. Ann S. Anagnost and Mr. John BurgeMr. Jefferey L. BabautaProf. Jean-Loup Baer and Dr. Diane S. BaerMs. Diane E. BarryMs. Shelly R. BossermanRobert T. Boyd, PhDDr... Read more
David Carlson, Jake Deppen
GRADUATE STUDENTS Will Brown received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant for his project, “Detecting Epidemiologic Transitions in Pre-Contact Kodiak.” The work involves joining statistical paleodemographic modeling and recording the prevalence of parasites in archaeological middens to better understand the population history of Kodiak Island, Alaska over the past 6,000 years. Darren Byler’s work was featured in a ... Read more
Ann Anagnost is co-editor (with Lucy Jarosz in Geography) of a new UW Press book series called Food, People, Planet. The series publishes scholarly work that critiques the large-scale social inequities and environmental damage produced by international food production and distribution. Dan Eisenberg’s research on dopamine receptors was highlighted in a New York Times ... 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
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
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