Recent News

Photo of Kyle Trembley with a rat on his head
Kyle Trembley, a third year PhD student in sociocultural anthropology was recently awarded a very prestigious and competitive American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) fellowship for his dissertation entitled, "Rattus Hierarchicus: Rats, Caste, Masculinities, and Care in Rajasthan." Kyle will head out to conduct fieldwork in 2020. What brought you to anthropology? When I entered... Read more
Ben Marwick, associate professor in anthropology, talks about container platforms -- standardized computational environments that can be shared and reused. Featured on Nature 
Holly Barker and students examine a textile from Tonga at the Burke Museum.
Holly Barker (far left) and students from her class examine a Tongan ngatu, or tapa cloth, from the Burke Museum collection. Tupou Vaenuku (far right) is able to touch the work without gloves because she is of Tongan heritage. Also pictured are (from left) Nardia Duarte, Melaika Andrike, Fa'aumu Kaimana, and Yvonne Ned. Media credit: Dennis Wise/University of Washington   Christian Sidor clutches a large box as he enters a classroom at the new Burke Museum... Read more
In recent days, reports in certain media outlets have grossly oversimplified and mischaracterized a research paper I published in The Contemporary Pacific entitled, “Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on... Read more
Recent notable books by UW faculty members explore the legal history of Indigenous nations and the mentoring benefits of fan fiction, and more. Featured on UW News 
Analysis from UW anthropology graduate student, Graham Pruss. Featured on The Conversation 
Photo of Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius (one of the award winners) with Melissa Yeager
Congratulations to the Peggy Yeager Award for Teaching Excellence awardees: Hollis Miller, Gayoung Park and Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius. The Annual Yeager Award talk took place on Friday, May 24, 2019, entitled "Island Hopping in the Moluccas, past and present” and was given by Peter Lape, Paloma Sanchez and Sven Haakanson. It was a fun presentation on their recent boat tour through a set of small, remote Indonesian islands this past Spring in search of future community archaeology projects. We... 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 AgoadaAmerican Council of Learned SocietiesProfessor Ann Anagnost & Mr. John BurgeMr. Jefferey BabautaDr. Evelyn BarbeeDrs. G. Carter Bentley & Lynda EmelDr. Robert BoydDr. Carol & Mr. Thomas BraunDr. Ruth... Read more
GRADUATE STUDENTS Ulil Amri accepted a postdoctoral teaching fellowship in the Department of Environmental Studies, at Gonzaga University beginning in August 2019. Diane Baumann accepted a tenure track position as an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Idaho beginning in autumn 2019. Stephanie Cruz accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Dentistry, pursuing research on fluoride hesitancy beginning in spring 2019. Delaney Glass was awarded a 2018 Adawia Alousi... Read more
FACULTY Sareeta Amrute has been named Director of Research at Data and Society. Her appointment began in January 2019. Holly Barker and Luke Tornabene (UW Biology) received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for International Research Experience for Students (IRES). The grant provides scholarships to take students to American Samoa, the Marshall Islands, and Tonga over the next three years to highlight Indigenous Oceanic traditions in the STEM fields and to work with local... Read more