Department Highlights

A recent exciting study on chimpanzees and mother-child play led by Zarin Machanda and former Anthropology postdoctoral fellow Kris Sabbi was published in Current Biology, “Ecological variation in adult social play reveals a hidden cost of motherhood for wild chimpanzees.” 

Craig Cipolla's new book Archaeology for Today and Tomorrow, coauthored with Rachel J, Crellin and Oliver J. T. Harris, was recently published by Routledge.

Nick Seaver commented on how consumers have learned to adjust their actions on media platforms to get the content they want in The Atlantic article "Spotify Doesn’t Know Who You Are."

Amahl Bishara's bilingual collaborative children’s book The Boy and the Wall was featured in the New York Times article “What I Read to My Son When the World is on Fire.”

Amahl Bishara recently published the journal article "Publics, Polls, Protest: Public Representation as Sociopolitical Practice" in the Annual Review of Anthropology. The article seeks to illuminate connections across studies of publics, media, formal political processes, and protests.

Congratulations to Alex Blanchette who has been selected as the winner of this year’s Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising, which is awarded annually to one faculty member in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering judged by graduating seniors as an individual who has had a profound impact on them intellectually, both in and out of the classroom. Graduating seniors were inspired to nominate Professor Blanchette as most influential in shaping their minds. 

Nick Seaver was featured on Marketplace discussing YouTube's recommendation algorithm at the center of the recent Gonzalez v. Google Supreme Court case. 

Nick Seaver discussed his book Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation on the New Books in Anthropology and Let’s Get Coffee (WYXR Memphis) podcasts. 

Nick Seaver's book Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation was featured in The Guardian article "Has Spotify Really Wrapped the Mystery of Musical Taste?

Nick Seaver's new book Computing Taste: Algorithms and the Makers of Music Recommendation was recently published by The University of Chicago Press. 

Amahl Bishara wrote for the Stanford University Press blog how "Israel’s Restrictions on Mobility, Large and Small, Are Also Threats to Collectivities, Large and Small." 

Alex Blanchette's book Porkopolis was featured in an article by The New Republic about pandemics and bird flu. In Porkopolis, Alex explores how a rural Midwestern community has been reorganized around the life and death cycles of corporate pigs. 

Amahl Bishara's new book Crossing a Line: Laws, Violence, and Roadblocks to Palestinian Political Expression was recently published by Stanford University Press. 

Amahl Bishara was featured on the AnthroPod podcast: What Solidarity Does.

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to welcome archaeologist and anthropologist Craig Cipolla, who will be joining our faculty from the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto as an assistant professor in Fall 2022. His research focuses on North American archaeology, particularly New England and the Great Lakes. His main interests include archaeological theory, material culture, the archaeology of colonialism, Indigenous collaborative archaeology, and fieldwork. He currently directs the Mohegan archaeological field school in partnership with the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut. In the last few years, his work has come to explore the ways in which collaborative Indigenous frameworks transform archaeology as a form of knowledge production. 

Amahl Bishara recently published “Killing Space, Stealing Time: The Stink and Burn of Occupation,” part of the Theorizing the Contemporary: Ecologies of War series in the Society of Cultural Anthropology’s Fieldsights

Alex Blanchette was awarded the Diana Forsythe Prize for his book Porkopolis. The prize celebrates the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, and/or technology, including biomedicine. 

Alex Blanchette's co-edited volume How Nature Works has been awarded the 2021 Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Prize. (September 2021)

Alex Blanchette was awarded second prize of the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing for his book Porkopolis: American Animality, Standardized Life, and the Factory Farm.

Tatiana Chudakova's new book Mixing Medicines: Ecologies of Care in Buddhist Siberia was recently published by Fordham University Press