Recent News

Prof. Charles Keyes meditating
It’s not uncommon to hear a retiring faculty member say, “After I retire, I can finally get more work done.” Professor Charles Keyes, who joined the department in 1965, “retired” in 2006 to pursue an even more active schedule. In addition to returning temporarily to serve as Acting Chair of the department in 2007, Dr. Keyes has continued to teach and supervise PhD students. But today, although he still offers courses at UW, he is just as likely to teach in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, or Chiang... Read more
Campo Market, Rome
In Fall Quarter 2009, Professor Ann Anagnost took 17 undergraduate students to the University of Washington’s Rome Center for a program on “The Culture and Politics of Food in Italy” (co-taught with Lucy Jarosz in Geography). Rome’s traditional open-air markets and the presence of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) headquarters made Rome an ideal site for learning about both local food systems and global food governance. Through a project-based curriculum, students... Read more
Hari Wibowo (UGM) and Kelsey Lutz (UW Museology) excavate at BN1 on Banda Neira
Professor Peter Lape has been busy these past few years. In 2006, he was awarded a prestigious five-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to build capacity for archaeological research and training in Southeast Asia through collaborative activities involving the UW and Southeast Asia archaeology institutions. So far this has resulted in a range of events, activities and further accomplishments. The grant funded a new tenure-track faculty position in the UW archaeology program (filled by Dr.... Read more
Bettina Shell-Duncan
Hello everyone, Having shifted to an electronic format for AnthropoLog, we are now pleased to be able to deliver another issue this year filled with an array of stories on happenings in the Department of Anthropology. This is wonderful since we have so much exciting news to share. I am particularly pleased to report that three of our faculty members received promotions this year. Biocultural anthropologist Patricia Kramer, whose work focuses on the evolution of... Read more
Ben Marwick co-edited a recent special issue of The Society of American Archaeology’s Archaeological Record on collaborative research in East and Southeast Asia (May 2009). In summer 2008, Mimi Kahn led an Exploration Seminar with 15 UW students to Samoa. Next summer she will be co-leading (together with Holly Barker) a study abroad to French... Read more
Biocultural graduate student and CSDE fellow Benjamin Chabot-Hanowell recently started a blog called "N of 3: A Natural Experiment in New Fatherhood." The blog chronicles the life of a broke and busy grad student dad, inter-woven with themes from anthropological ecology. Rob Allen recently published an article on his dissertation research, concerning military recruitment and training through video entitled:... Read more
UW anthropologists authored three of the top 15 articles most frequently downloaded this past year from Anthrosource, the leading anthropology research portal. These include Janelle Taylor's  "On Recognition, Caring, and Dementia", James Pfeiffer's "What Can Critical Medical Anthropology Contribute to Global... Read more
The Seattle Repertory Theatre recently sponsored a reading of "The Last Best Place,” a theatrical documentary based on Sara Breslow's dissertation research on social conflict surrounding salmon habitat restoration and farmland preservation in Washington State's Skagit Valley. Sara, a doctoral candidate in environmental anthropology, wrote the play in collaboration with theatre artist Todd Jefferson Moore.  
Catherine Zeigler
Catherine Zeigler was named the 2009 Graduate Program Assistant of the Year by the UW Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Catherine is an alum of the department (BA ‘97), and has been working with us for eight years now. As graduate student Ta Trang said, “her responsibilities are particularly challenging as compared to other departments, because anthropology graduate students tend to be dispersed around the world conducting fieldwork. I remember... Read more
People in line at a "health camp" in Nepal
The Department of Anthropology is proud to have among its students three of the five recipients of the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships awarded to the University of Washington for 2009. These are David CitrinBonnie Tilland and Matthew Hale. In this issue of e-AnthropoLog, we take an in-depth look at the research of one of the awardees, David Citrin.  Through his project, “... Read more