Happy Anthropology Day!

Happy Anthropology Day!

Happy #AnthroDay!  Emory undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty gathered this afternoon to enjoy donuts and enlightening conversation with our fellow Anthropologists.  We had a great turnout, and a number of students contributed to our board by completing the sentence “I [heart] to study Anthropology because…”  Whatever the different reasons that inspire us, we all share a love for Anthropology!

Andrea Rissing explores the ethnographically generative practice of “flipping the field” in Anthropology News

Andrea Rissing explores the ethnographically generative practice of “flipping the field” in Anthropology News

Graduate student Andrea Rissing publishes article in Anthropology News describing the approach to her research on Iowa farms, which includes letting the farmers contribute questions they feel are worth asking.

“I always found that farmers had insightful opinions on what questions merited investigation. People know what is important in their own lives, and creating space for them to flip the interview made for more interesting, dynamic research.”

Isabella Alexander’s (16PhD) class is featured on Emory News

In Anthropology 385: The Migrant and Refugee Crisis Isabella Alexander combines classroom learning with creation of real-life solutions. Students interacted with people affected by the migrant crisis and created final projects that are aimed at having genuine impact, such as a mentoring program for young refugees.

“To the students, it was a heady experience, steeped in the thrill of identifying a problem and actually doing something about it. For their professor, it was an affirming case study in the power of engaged learning.” Emory News Center


Grace Veatch is interviewed by Sapiens

“What do giant rats and tiny ‘Hobbits’ have in common? They both lived on a tiny island in Indonesia and form an important piece of the puzzle for uncovering what it means to be human.”

Homo floresiensis rat bones - Veatch examines a “hobbit,” or Homo floresiensis, skull from Liang Bua Cave.

This is the focus of Grace Veatch’s dissertation research, as she analyzes thousands of tiny and giant sized rat bones that were recovered in a cave site along with a human ancestor named Homo floresiensis.

“I hope to understand how these ‘Hobbit’s’ incorporated small mammals into their diet, and how this might compare to how modern humans also use this vital resource on an island depauperate of large game. Check out my research showcased in an online article through Sapiens.org for more information about this exciting research happening here in the Anthropology Department at Emory University.”



Aubrey Graham (PhD 2016) is featured in The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Aubrey Graham (PhD 2016) is featured in The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Aubrey P. Graham’s (PhD 2016) photographic exhibition created in coordination with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will hang in the Harvard Asia Center from Nov. 2- 30, 2017. “High Ground: Disaster, Risk, and Resilience in the Philippines” explores the social dynamics that affect disaster preparedness across two distinctive communities: Sitio Kislap and Gawad Kalinga.

High Ground: Disaster Risk and Resilience in the Philippines Photo Exhibition

Q&A with Dr. Aubrey Graham, Photographer of “Disaster, Risk, and Resilience in the Philippines” Exhibit


Faculty Search in African American Studies

The Department of African American Studies at Emory University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor training in one of the social science disciplinary areas who will engage research and teaching focused on the Political Economy of Race. We seek scholars working on racialized structures of inequality. The successful candidate will 1) provide evidence of research projects in-progress or published; 2) demonstrate commitment to undergraduate teaching in diverse settings; and 3) envision, and be prepared to implement, cross-disciplinary collaborations with other Emory Departments. Teaching responsibilities include two courses per semester. The Ph.D is required by the time of appointment.

Applicants should know that this hire in the Political Economy of Race is proceeding alongside similar Assistant Professor searches in the social sciences at Emory University: one in Sociology for the Sociology of Race and the other in Oxford Division of Social Sciences (an Emory campus) for Critical Race Theory.

Applications are due December 11, 2017. Please submit a letter of interest, inclusive of current and planned research; a teaching statement that describes experiences with, and commitment to, teaching a diverse student body; curriculum vitae, three letters of support; and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages. Only applications submitted through Interfolio will be considered.

Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.


Andrea Rissing wins AAA Culture and Agriculture essay prize

Andrea Rissing wins AAA Culture and Agriculture essay prize

Andrea Rissing (PhD candidate) won the 2017 Robert M. Netting Award, a graduate student paper prize awarded by the Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological Association. The award recognizes original research related to agrarian systems from a holistic, social-scientific perspective. It provides a cash award of $750 and a consultation with the editors of the journal Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment with the goal of revising the paper for publication.

Her paper, “‘Profitability’ vs. ‘Making it’: The Agrarian Realms of Market and Community,” argues that the success of beginning farmers depends on more than just profitability. Drawing on her ethnographic fieldwork with farmers in Iowa, she shows how “making it” in farming within the first five years is contingent upon economic and social factors in the market realm and the community realm.

Congratulations to Andrea!

[Photo credit: Andrea Rissing. Assorted organic produce at the Mason City farmers market, Mason City, Iowa.]