Recent News

Professor James Pfeiffer with daughter Solea
In 1990, Professor James Pfeiffer made his first trip to Mozambique, together with his wife Professor Rachel Chapman. They were part of a delegation sponsored by the Mozambique Support Network (MSN), a U.S.-based solidarity organization that sought to raise awareness about the civil war in Mozambique and to make the U.S. government end its support for the conflict. At that time, Mozambique was considered a “frontline” state in the struggle against the apartheid regime in neighboring South... Read more
Faculty and Alums: New Books Stevan Harrell, co-edited volumeExplorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands, 1880-1950University of Washington Press, 2011 Ben Marwick, co-edited volumeKeeping your Edge: Recent Approaches to the Organisation of Stone Artefact Technology. British Archaeological Reports... 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 AgoadaMr. Michael AlexanderMr. Rob AllenProfessor Ann Anagnost & Mr. John BurgeAnonymous GIfts-FriendsBank of America CorporationMr. Michael & Mrs. Patricia BarnesMs. Diane BarryMs. Denise BartlettDrs.... Read more
Recent Graduates: New Jobs and Post-Docs Shelby Anderson, Ph.D. 2011, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University. Tami Blumenfield, Ph.D. 2010, has just accepted the position of James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Furman University. ... Read more
On January 22, 2010, four anthropology undergraduates were the guests of KEXP host Mike McCormick for a 30-minute live radio show. Alice JacobsonAlex FerrantePaul Glantz, and Brock Malberg were invited to the community discussion forum to share student perspectives about the environmental health and public policy legacies their generation will inherit from the former plutonium production facility in Eastern Washington (... Read more
John Cady and Ellie Brindle have been nominated, by the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) respectively, for Distinguished Staff Awards. Best of luck to both! Assistant Professor Ben Marwick is on research leave with his family in Thailand where he is planning a series... Read more
Hare skeleton drawing
By Jacob Fisher As a zooarchaeologist, Jacob Fisher is interested in understanding how people select and  convert raw food to cooked products. He became particularly interested in “culinary processing” when analyzing skeletal remains—mostly jackrabbits—from Antelope Cave, a Virgin Anasazi site located in northern Arizona. The well-preserved remains came from deposits dating from approximately AD 680 and 960, and consist of bone, fur, skin, and desiccated entrails. He identified how jackrabbits... Read more
Foraged urban foodstuffs on a plate
By Melissa Poe Anthropologists have written extensively about foraging traditions in small-scale societies, but few have examined wild food foraging practices in urban, post-industrial spaces. This can be explained, in part, to the predominant idea that “urban” and “nature” are mutually exclusive concepts. To address this gap, department alumnus Melissa Poe, with a team of geographers and policy analysts—including Marla Emery, Patrick Hurley, Rebecca McLain—has worked since 2008 to better... Read more
Pizza cooked by students in ANTH 361
Instructor: Professor Ann Anagnost “My friends are all envious because we get to cook in class,” a student told anthropology professor Ann Anagnost in 2007, the first time she taught “Food for Thought” as an early fall start seminar for freshman. Since then, the class has been turned into an upper division course for both anthropology majors and a growing number of non- majors interested in interdisciplinary food studies. Student interest in food issues seems to be expanding exponentially on... Read more
Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook, huckleberry gathering, summer 2010
By Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook Joyce LeCompte-Mastenbrook’s dissertation research is examining the connections between traditional foods revitalization in Coast Salish territory and the scientific and political aspects of management of public lands in the Cascades of Washington and British Columbia. As foodways are integral to cultural identity, food sovereignty is likewise central to the social, cultural, physical, and spiritual well being of indigenous people and communities. Chronic and life-... Read more