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Cover of book "Animal Intimacies"
Radhika Govindrajan’s new book, Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas, will be published by University of Chicago Press in June 2018. The book explores the number of ways that human and animal interact to cultivate relationships as interconnected, related beings. It breaks substantial new ground in animal studies, and will be of interest to cultural... Read more
UW Departement of Anthropology congratulations graphic
Every year we hold a graduation celebration for our anthropology family members who obtain a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD. This year, our celebration took place on June 10, 2018 at Kane Hall. So many students and family members were in attendance that we overflowed from Kane 130 (the largest classroom on campus) into the room next door! We honor our graduates, and congratulate you once again on your wonderful accomplishments. See the below slideshow (organized by current graduate student,... Read more
International student Jiaqi “Kyki” Li had a rocky start as a UW freshman. She stayed up most of the night trying to complete her first class assignment — 60 pages of reading and a two-page response essay — but was unable to finish. She came to class the next day empty-handed. “I felt very defeated,” recalls Li, from Shenzhen, China. “But when I talked to my professor, she understood that it was my first college class in a second language and a new country. She pointed me towards the... Read more
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 
photo of Sasha Welland
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
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! Dr. David AgoadaProfessor Ann Anagnost & Mr. John BurgeDrs. G. Carter Bentley & Lynda EmelProfessors Laada Bilaniuk & Ben J. FitzhughDr. Robert BoydDr. Ruth BryanCurtis Wienker TrustDr. William & Ms. Kathleen... Read more
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