Recent News

Janelle Taylor headshot
It is springtime at the University of Washington—the cherry trees are blooming and new life is bursting forth all around. With graduation approaching, a new life lies ahead for many of our students as well. We will watch them move on from the UW with great pride and high hopes, eager to learn about the myriad ways they will carry forth what they have learned from anthropology. With that in mind, this issue of AnthropoLog highlights and celebrates some of the surprising and inspiring... Read more
Leah Isquith
Leah Isquith, a first-year student in Biocultural Anthropology, has received the Daris Swindler Endowed Fellowship this year. Leah’s work will explore how the demographic shift from rural to urban living influences women’s social networks, food security, and child feeding strategies among indigenous families in Guatemala. Leah is hoping to understand how families reconcile the costs of migration and hazards of urban life with the perceived long-term benefits. Her work also explores the... Read more
UW students (in purple T-shirts) being welcomed by dancers at the airport in Huahine
When most American students think about “Tahiti,” they usually imagine a pristine setting with blue lagoons and white-sand beaches rimmed by coconut palms. Although such landscapes do exist in Tahiti, the daily reality for Tahitians is far more nuanced and complicated because Tahiti (more accurately known as French Polynesia) is still an overseas territory of France, and one of only a few colonies left in the world today. This complexity is what Professor Miriam Kahn wants students to learn... Read more
Faculty and Alums: New Books Ann Anagnost co-edited a volume together with Andrea Arai andHai Ren entitled Global Futures in East Asia: Youth, Nation, and the New Economy in Uncertain Times (Stanford University Press, 2013). It gathers together ethnographic explorations of what it means to be living in post-miracle times, especially for youth striving to understand themselves and their place in the world. It includes essays by a number... 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, DPMAnn S. Anagnost, Ph.D.Bank of America FoundationMs. Christine M. BerubeLaada Myroslava Bilaniuk, Ph.D.Dr. Ruth G. BryanChoice Hotels International FoundationCurtis Wienker TrustMs. Kathleen Reilly... Read more
Recent Graduates: New Jobs and Post-Docs Alejandro Ceron (sociocultural), who will defend his dissertation this spring, has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver. David H. Giles (sociocultural), who will defend his dissertation this spring, has accepted a visiting faculty position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. Damarys Espinoza (... Read more
Bettina Shell Duncan
This time of year is absolutely my favorite at the University of Washington. The start of Spring Quarter and the blossom of the cherry trees are but two ways this campus springs to life once again. And after two busy quarters, much has come to fruition in the Department of Anthropology as well. In this issue of AnthropoLog we highlight a number of these wonderful developments. It is with great excitement that I share the news that two of our colleagues have received promotions.... Read more
Don Grayson, photo by Mary Levin, UW Photography, 2011
Professor Donald K. Grayson, UW Professor of Anthropology and world-renowned archaeologist, has become the first current member of our department to be named to the National Academy of Sciences. This eminent institution, established by order of President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, is a veritable “who’s who” of top American scientists. In addition to being a great honor, membership in the NAS also carries great responsibility: the academy’s mission is to “investigate, examine, experiment, and... Read more
Community volunteer Katelyn Sikes holds up a flake from a groudstone adze dating to roughly 3400 years ago from the Mitks'qaaq Angayuk Site on Kodiak Island, Alaska
Depth of Field: (1) The range of object distances within a photograph that are imaged with acceptable sharpness; (2) the relative experience of fieldwork. TTL: [Through the Lens] (1) Metering system that measures light or exposure through the taking lens of a camera; (2) manner of observation: perspective. Nepalese medical camps, American military video games, IV drug use in Ukraine, Granada’s island archaeology, indigenous collaborative research with Pacific Northwest Native... Read more
Michael Pèrez with two children in Baqa’a Refugee Camp, Amman
Anthropological fieldwork rarely turns out to be the linear process a graduate student usually imagines it to be. At least that is what Professor Michael Vicente Pèrez, our newest faculty member, discovered during his recent graduate training in the field of Palestine studies. After the outbreak of the Palestinian Intifada in 2000, he saw an opportunity to apply his anthropological research skills to this dynamic and often misunderstood part of the world. He hoped that an ethnographic account... Read more