Recent News

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
The life of an anthropologist is full of contradictions, delicious food, and once in a while, conferences in sunny locations. This spring, these three things collided for Teresa Mares as she escaped the Seattle rain for ten precious days and attended the meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Mérida, Mexico (of course, a few days had to be spent “writing her dissertation” on the beach after the conference ended). As a doctoral candidate writing about the food strategies that Latino... Read more
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
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
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.  
Dissertation Writing Workshop Participants
This spring, the University of Washington’s Institute for Transnational Studies, housed in the Jackson School of International Studies, funded a rare gathering of five UW graduate students in Asian Studies (four from the Department of Anthropology and one from the Department of Forestry) and one faculty member for a dissertation writing workshop. A guesthouse in the hills of West Java, Indonesia, not far from Jakarta, provided a comfortable and constructive setting. Graduate students from the... Read more
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
Co-teachers of Pacific Islander course
This past spring the Department of Anthropology offered a new course, Building Pacific Islander Leadership(Anth 469). Three Pacific Islanders from campus joined Dr. Holly Barker, from the Department of Anthropology, to develop and teach the course: Ink Aleaga (Athletic Department), Alejandro Espania (Office of Minority Affairs) and Kiana Fuega, a graduate from UW’s Anthropology Program. The class highlighted the... Read more