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Professor Stephen Plog Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Stephen Plog

Plog, David A. Harrison Professor in the anthropology department, has conducted archaeological fieldwork on prehistoric Native American cultures in the Southwest for more than four decades – most recently focused on the Chaco Canyon region of northwestern New Mexico, which he said is perhaps the most important center of the Pueblo world in the 11th and 12th centuries. His research addresses key aspects of social organization, demography, ritual and cosmology.

Since 2002, Plog has worked with several other scholars to create the Chaco Research Archive, an online archive allowing users to access information from excavations conducted within the Chaco Canyon region over the last century. The core of the database was constructed with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and in cooperation with U.Va.’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

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Kudos to Jacqueline Cieslak

Monday, 14 April 2014

Kudos to Jacqueline Cieslak who has received a Fulbright IEE grant to support her fieldwork. 

Our warmest congratulations to you, Jacqui 

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Kudos to Giancarlo Rolando

Monday, 14 April 2014

Kudos to Giancarlo Rolando  who has received a grant from CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) to support his fieldwork.

Our warmest congratulations to you, Giancarlo

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Kudos to Rose Wellman

Monday, 14 April 2014

Kudos to Rose Wellman who not only won the Anthropology GTA award this year, but also the 2013-14 Class of 1985 Fellowship for Creative Teaching Award!  
Our warmest congratulations to you, Rose!!

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Kudos to Erika Brant

Monday, 14 April 2014

Kudos to Erika Brant she has been awarded a fellowship from the Raven Society to support her return to Peru this summer to analyze the materials she recovered during excavations last summer.

Our warmest congratulations to you, Erika!!

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INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Kansas State University Professor: Michael Wesch

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Class size: 200 in spring, 400 in fall (10 to 20 percent wait-listed)

Class experience: How did the world end up the way it is today? It’s a big question, but Dr. Wesch makes it tangible as students plan and play in a world simulation. The 200-level class is broken into groups of indigenous peoples and colonizers. They get bins of limited supplies and must trade for other items to make weapons, following rules they devise in advance. Colonizers typically get blowgun-like tools to launch marshmallow-tipped straws while indigenous peoples may only use rubber bands.

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Family Still Matters: U.Va. Anthropologist’s Book Finds Kinship Plays Big Role in Modern Economics

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

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In modern society, most Americans assume that home and work are separate, and that kinship has little or no role in the workplace.

Not so, said University of Virginia anthropology professor Susan McKinnon. “Vital Relations: Modernity and the Persistent Life of Kinship,” a new book edited by McKinnon and Fenella Cannell of the London School of Economics, challenges these ideas.


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The Mystery of Brooks Hall

Thursday, 24 October 2013

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Consequences of Culturally Biased Research Ethics in Shanghai

Friday, 4 October 2013

Ph.D. candidate Julie Starr has published an article in Anthropology News on some of the ethical complexities of her fieldwork in Shanghai.







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A Part of Nature or Apart from Nature? New Professors Explore Human Responses to the Environment

Thursday, 26 September 2013

With academic experience spanning the humanities and sciences, James Igoe and Willis Jenkins have joined the faculty of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences this semester. Affiliated with the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, both were hired to expand the University’s strengths in interdisciplinary areas of scholarship and teaching.



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Tom Cogill Exhibits ‘Pictures from a Room’ in Brooks Hall Commons

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Guatemalan Maya women posed for photographer Tom Cogill in their village community center where the walls were painted with images and people’s names from the civil war they had endured. Cogill, who lives in Charlottesville, says the legacy of the war was ongoing in their lives: although usually reticent, they wanted “to share their experience of suffering and endurance.” His photos are on exhibit in the University of Virginia’s Brooks Hall Commons, open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Brooks Hall houses the College of Arts & Sciencesanthropology department.

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Roberto Armengol Awarded First Place in the 2013 Jorge Pérez-López Student Prize Competition

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Kudos to Roberto Armengol, who was awarded First Place in the 2013 Jorge Pérez-López Student Prize Competition from the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy for the best graduate student paper on the Cuban economy.  Roberto's paper was entitled: "Competitive Solidarity and the Political Economy of Invento."   

Congratulations, Roberto!

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Lisa Shutt: Food and Meaning in Africa and the Diaspora

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Summer Session 2013: Students Fill Up on Knowledge and African Food Traditions

People in the West African country of Mauritania view heavier women as presenting the ideal of beauty, while considering those with slender frames as bringing shame on their families. Mothers begin force-feeding their daughters as young as 10 years old with cow’s milk and fatty meats.

That seems especially odd in the U.S., where thinness is an important measure of beauty and some adolescent girls go so far as to make themselves sick with anorexia or bulimia to lose weight.

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What's Best for the Children? UVA Anthropologist Allison Alexy

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

What’s Best for the Children? U.Va. Anthropologist Will Research Transnational Child-Custody Issues in Japan

Allison Alexy, an assistant professor of anthropology in the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences, has been awarded an Abe Fellowship (pronounced “ah-bay”) to study international child-custody disputes – what she calls “nuclear divorces” between American and Japanese spouses. She will head to Tokyo in September to conduct her research project, “When Citizenship and Kinship Intersect: Comparing Japanese and American Responses to Transnational Child Custody Disputes.”

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Simon Bickler, New President of NZ Archaeological Association

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Simon H.Bickler, our 1998 Ph.D. for "Eating stone and dying : archeological survey on Woodlark Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea"," has just been voted in as the President of the New Zealand Archaeological Association for 2013-2014.

The NZAA www.nzarchaeology.org is the main body for archaeology in New Zealand with a membership spanning students, amateurs, researchers, professionals, organizations, businesses and institutions involved or interested in archaeology.

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Eve Danziger New Faculty IATH Fellow

Tuesday, 4 June 2013


IATH is pleased to announce the new Fellows for 2013. Each year IATH offers a two-year Resident Fellowship to a UVA Faculty member, providing office space at the Institute, design and development support, training, technical staff, budget resources, and support for raising additional grants and gifts for the research project. One or more Associate Fellowships are also awarded, and include consulting services on project design and technical issues, equipment loans, and grant assistance.

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Lise Dobrin Granted Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Congratulations to Lise Dobrin, who has been granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology

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Carrie Heitman Tenure-Track Position at the University of Nebraska

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Congratulations to Carrie Heitman who will be starting a tenure-track position at the University of Nebraska in the fall!  Carrie will be affiliated with both the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Digital Humanities.

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Class of 2013: Elliott Oakley Rocks a Hammock in the Amazon

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

From Colbert and Webb to the Amazing Grads, Complete Coverage of U.Va.’s Class of 2013   

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