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Uyghur man in China’s Xinjiang province. Photo courtesy Carolyn Drake.
University of Washington anthropology student Darren Byler chronicles artistic culture in Northwest China amid a massive security crackdown. "In the last three months, University of Washington anthropology student Darren Byler has spoken about his research to AI developers at Google, business leaders at the Washington State China Relations Council, and journalists at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Beijing. Each group has sought his help in understanding the situation of the Uyghur people... Read more
Analysis from Professor of Anthropology, Holly Baker Featured on The Conversation 
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Interview with Sasha Welland, associate professor in anthropology and gender, women and sexuality studies about her new book. Featured on UW News 
A figure stands in the ruined E.J. Roye Building in Monrovia, Liberia, in 2012. All photos courtesy Danny Hoffman.
Simpson Center for the Humanities recently published an article on Associate Professor, Danny Hoffman's recent book Monrovia Modern. Read it here: ... Read more
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Photo taken at WMCA's youth-led community event Beautify the Block. Photos are by Sara Bernard from the Seattle Weekly
One of our great joys is to see how our students apply their anthropology training in so many amazing, creative, important ways. In this issue of AnthropoLog we are delighted to share one such story. When Yasmin Habib (UW 2014) began in the Department of Anthropology's Medical Anthropology and Global Health option, she embarked on a journey of community involvement that has now developed into her life’s work and passion. She enrolled in a service learning course focused on research on... Read more
GRADUATE STUDENTS Darren Byler received a 2017-18 Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a Society of Scholars Fellowship from the Simpson Center for his dissertation entitled, "The Art of Life in Ürümchi: Precariousness, Aesthetics and Minority Politics in Chinese Central Asia." Juan Luo received a 2018 Thomas Francis Jr. Global Health Fellowship Award from the UW Department of Global Health for travel and project expenses while... Read more
FACULTY Sareeta Amrute received the Diana Forsythe Prize from the American Anthropological Association for her book, Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin (Duke University Press, 2016). The annual prize recognizes published articles or books in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, and/or technology, including... Read more
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SARS. Swine flu. Ebola. Zika virus. Every few years seems to bring yet another scary outbreak to the world’s attention. Countless lives are cut short, communities struggle to cope, governments and public health agencies spring into action, and the cycle repeats. Yet as awful as these epidemics are, they pale in comparison to those that have plagued our species through history — smallpox, the Bubonic Plague, the 1918 flu, and most recently HIV/AIDS, all killed millions within a few years in... Read more
"Bear Gutzz Rule" written in fridge magnets
Over Winter Quarter 2018, anthropology faculty member Sven Haakanson, offered his ARCHY 345: Global Ethnoarchaeology course for the fourth time, and his largest class to date. Almost 40 students enrolled, mainly junior and senior anthropology students. The class is not restricted to archaeology majors, so students across the department can enroll. The course is framed around an awareness that material culture plays an important role in the understanding of archaeology. The main assignment of... Read more