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Research Apprenticeship Spotlight: Selena Sheth '24

In this spotlight interview, the department caught up with Selena Sheth '24, a Medical Anthropology concentrator, to learn more about her experience in Anthropology's Research Apprenticeship Program. The Program aims to foster collaboration between students and faculty on faculty research. 
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Research Brief: Situated Caring for the Aged in Andean Peru

How do ordinary people repurpose the tools of demography? In a recent study, Jessaca Leinaweaver argues that Peruvian professionals caring for older people justify their committed work using demographic concepts.
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In the Field with Professor Myles Lennon

Five Brown undergraduate students were selected to spend the summer in northern California studying Black/Indigenous land stewardship, land-based community-building, and conducting ethnographic research. The 9.5 weeks of immersive, applied learning was part of a summer fellowship program created by Myles Lennon.
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The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. recently announced that Professor Stephen Houston will deliver the 72nd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts beginning in April 2023.

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Anthropology Welcomes Postdoctoral Fellow Michael Berman

In July 2022, Michael Berman joined Anthropology as a Postdoctoral Fellow in International Humanities. His role serves as a joint position with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities.
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Course Spotlight: The Anthropology of Homelessness

The Anthropology of Homelessness, ANTH 1301, taught by Irene Glasser, PhD, has been offered yearly through the Anthropology Department since the spring of 2014. This year, the class created a guide that can be used to help individuals in Rhode Island obtain permanent and affordable housing.
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Research Spotlight: Aisha Tipnis ’23

The Department of Anthropology caught up with Aisha, an undergraduate student studying Health and Human Biology, to learn more about her research on medical racism and structural violence embedded in medical institutions.
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Course Spotlight: Race, Racialization, and Health

Caleb Ellis '24, Medical Anthropology concentrator, reflects on learning how the history of medicine is intertwined with histories of race and white supremacy through a Spring 2022 course with Professor Sarah Williams.
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In Spring 2022, Jessica Katzenstein and three other Anthropology PhD Candidates successfully defended their dissertations. In this spotlight interview, Jessica delves into her research topic and explains more about her dissertation.
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Anthropology trainee Argenis Hurtado Moreno has been named a 2022 Ford Foundation PreDoctoral Fellow. Students who receive this three year fellowship have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and are committed to a career in teaching and research in higher education.
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Research Spotlight: Courtney Brown ’22

The Department of Anthropology caught up with Courtney, an undergraduate student studying Medical Anthropology, to learn more about her research on Black doulas in South Carolina.  
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Student Spotlight: Melanie Kim '23, Medical Anthropology

In this spotlight interview, Melanie Kim discusses writing her debut book "Oil Paper Family." It tells the true story of her grandfather, Young Bok, and highlights Korea’s difficult and oppressive past through his eyes. The story is shaped by Young Bok's love for family and his dreams of becoming a doctor.
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In March 2022, the Society for American Anthropology (SAA) hosted its first hybrid conference since 2020. A handful of Anthropology graduate students and faculty traveled to Chicago to present, network, and/or view new research from colleagues. This brief captures graduate student Morgan Clark's SAA presentation on her collaborative findings from an excavation at La Cuernavilla, Guatemala.  
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Katherine Mason recently published "Blenders, Hammers, and Knives: Postpartum Intrusive Thoughts and Unthinkable Motherhood," which focuses on diagnosis, treatment, and experience of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) among birthing mothers.
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Watson Smith Prize 2022: Call for Submissions

The Department of Anthropology announces its annual competition for the Watson Smith Prize for best student anthropology research paper. The cash award will be $250.00. If submissions merit it, there will be one prize given at the graduate student level and one prize given at the undergraduate student level. Prizes will be announced at commencement in May.
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A new grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow Mason and Co-Principal Investigators Andrea Flores (Brown University) and Sarah Willen (UCONN) to follow a cohort of first-generation college students and their parents over a period of two years using the Pandemic Journaling Project (PJP) platform to collect monthly journal entries.
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Adjunct Lecturer Irene Glasser, in collaboration with colleagues in Brown’s School of Public Health, reflects on research and advocacy over the years in, "Provide Help for Homeless to Quit Smoking" published in the Providence Journal on November 20, 2021.
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Brown University invites applications for a 2-year, non-renewable International Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship in Anthropology or related field at the intersection of language and health, with a theoretically and ethnographically grounded approach to studying language in social contexts particularly relating to health, illness, medicine, or care, broadly understood.  
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Nigeria's 'Prosperity gospel' Pentecostal Churches May Reinforce Inequalities

Over the past few decades in Nigeria, many millions of people have joined Pentecostal churches, and the most popular brand in recent years is known as the ‘prosperity gospel’. But while these hugely popular churches promise economic as well as spiritual rewards, they are also controversial. Even as their leaders condemn corruption, critics see these churches as contributing to a political culture that perpetuates inequality.
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Lina Fruzzetti and Ákos Östör's ethnographic film, "In My Mother's House," inspired Mariel Tabachnick to write her story "In My Grandmother's House".
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“The honor of being selected for the Joukowsky Dissertation Award is above all a testament to the opportunities that the Department of Anthropology and the Graduate School made possible for me during my studies at Brown and to the mentors, colleagues, family, and friends who have supported me throughout,” says Matsumoto.
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On March 19, 2021, Professor Lina Fruzzetti, and Dr. Ákos Östör, at Wesleyan University, discussed the nuances of filmmaking and storytelling within the field. Until March 31, 2021, Fruzzetti and Östör’s latest jointly created film, called “In My Mother’s House,” is available for online streaming as part of the Mother Tongue Film Festival.
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The Department of Anthropology and the Pembroke Center are delighted to announce our appointment of Sarah Williams as the Louise Lamphere Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, beginning July 1, 2021.
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‘Right Now Feels So Long and Without Any End in Sight.’ This headline from the New York Times is taken from an excerpt of one of the 700+ digital diaries that make up the Pandemic Journaling Project, a collaboration between Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Mason and her UConn colleague, Sarah Willen. As the NYT writes, "It may be the most complete record of our shifting moods in this isolating year."
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The Department of Anthropology and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women invite applications for the Louise Lamphere Visiting Assistant Professorship in Anthropology and Gender Studies, appointment to be effective July 1, 2021. 
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Bastani's award-winning paper, Feeling at Home in the Clinic: Therapeutics and Dwelling in an Addiction Rehabilitation Center in Tehran, Iran, examines the experiences of women residing at a free drug rehabilitation center in the Iranian capital.
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