Professor Todd Preuss featured on NPR

An article featured on NPR discusses the complications that arise when rodents are commonly used to test medications intended for humans: namely, a disappointingly high failure rate once medications are tested on human subjects.

Todd Preuss, an anthropologist at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University and Associated Professor of Anthropology, indicates that rats were initially studied to learn about rats. At some point they transitioned to “prototypical mammals.” Dr. Preuss points out that rodents have not only developed quite differently from humans, but the specific test subjects can also be described as lacking genetic diversity.

Dr. Peggy Barlett featured in an AJC article about sustainable food efforts in Atlanta


The AJC published an article featuring Emory’s accomplishments in food sustainability in the hospitals as well as Emory Dining. Our own Dr. Peggy Barlett, Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Emory University’s Sustainable Food Committee, is quoted. She has been a trailblazer for sustainability for the Emory community and beyond. A co-founder of the Piedmont Project to expand Emory’s sustainability Curriculum, Dr. Barlett has worked with a dozen faculty since 2012 to create and support the Sustainability Minor at Emory University.


Dr. Debra Vidali presented Showcase on Native American issues


The Anthropology Department successfully hosted a lively Showcase on Native American issues on Tuesday November 8th. Students in Emory University’s Indigenous Peoples of North America course presented their enlightening projects exploring public education and social justice applications on Native American histories, identities and present day controversies including the #DakotaAccessPipeline and #WaterisLife movement. The class had the opportunity to present to an audience from the Emory community and beyond, including the President Dr. Claire Sterk and Senior Vice President Ajay Nair.
The event was followed by an animated discussion.


Dr. Isabella Alexander’s Article and Interview with Public Radio International

Isabella Alexander, Visiting Assistant Professor and Alumna of Emory Anthropology, wrote an article for Public Radio International (PRI) on the migrant crisis at the Moroccan border.

You can also listen to the accompanying radio special on PRI’s The World at (starting at minute 6.25).