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
Joni Marts
The Department of Anthropology has a new adviser, and she is someone you may have met before! Joni Marts has rejoined our advising staff after a two-year absence in the wake of a 2009 budget-cut layoff. Although Joni has been away from the Department of Anthropology, she has not been away from the UW advising arena. Since the layoff she has spent her time advising in the Jackson School of International Studies in the mornings, and continues to do so before her current afternoon schedule in... Read more
Professor Emeritus Peter E. Nute (1938-2011) died April 14, 2011 at the age of 74. He served the University of Washington first as a post-doctoral fellow in Professor Arno Moltulsky’s medical genetics laboratory and then was hired by the Department of Anthropology. His undergraduate degree was from Yale University (1960) and his graduate training was at Duke University in physical anthropology under the geneticist John Buettner-Janusch. Most of his publications were in non-human primate... 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
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
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
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
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