Past News


  • 10/21/2016 - Ph.D. candidate Savannah Schulze (Remis) is currently conducting fieldwork in Uganda thanks to a Wenner-Gren Foundation Grant for her dissertation project. Keep up with her field updates on her research blog.
  • 10/13/2016 - Prof. Amanda Veile's published research on the epidemiologic link between cesarean birth and childhood obesity is highlighted by Purdue News.
  • 10/06/2016 - Purdue features Big Ideas around campus, including Prof. Sherylyn Briller's on how to educate people to more rapidly gain the wisdom typically accumulated over the course of a lifetime.
  • 9/27/2016 - Prof. Sherylyn Briller and Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth Wirtz are featured in Anthropology News for developing a course where technology students learn to apply anthropological principles to develop design solutions.   
  • 9/21/2016 - Prof. Ian Lindsay receives $221,173 from the National Science Foundation for two years of fieldwork research, and is featured by CLA news.
  • 9/22/2016 - Prof. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer participated in an invited online forum entitled Religion, secularism, and Black Lives Matter.  
  • 9/22/2016 - “Walking the Ballroom” (with a nod to Marlon Bailey, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit). Photo taken in class on September 22 as Dr. Blackwoods ANTH/WGSS 482, Sexual Diversity in Global Perspectives class experienced first hand walking the runway. Students showed up dressed for the experience!    
  • 9/19/2016 - Prof. Amanda Veile gave a public lecture at the University of Notre Dame about her research entitled "Birth in Transition: Implications for Indigenous Health and Demography".
  • Associate Professor, Su’ad Abdul Khabeer was among a small group of scholars who study Islam and Muslims, they were asked to write a short response to Donald Trump’s “Muslim Ban”. Please read here for the response. Dr. Khabeer is the second response after the journalist introduction.
  • On April 28 the Anthropology Department celebrated the end of the 2015-2016 academic school year with our annual Awards Banquet.  The department is proud of the many accomplishments from our Faculty, Grad Students, and Undergraduates. Click here to see a copy of our Award Program to see a list of just some of the many awards and honors from our department.
  • Congratulations to Jonathan Micon. Jonathan received the Outstanding Graduating Senior award in Anthropology and CLA Honors Graduate.   


  • Congratulations to Katie Whitmore for winning the opportunity to participate in the Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Summer Workshop.
  • In spring 2016, Dr. Laura Zanotti (Anthropology) and Dr. Kimberly Marion Suiseeya (Political Science) received a Center for the Environment sustainable communities seed grant for the project entitled, “From presence to influence: examining the politics of indigenous representation in global environmental governance.”
  • Dr. Laura Zanotti recently was awarded a Service-Learning Faculty Grant from the Center of Instructional Excellence at Purdue. She will be a Junior Fellow from April 2016 – April 2017.
  • Congratulations to Sarah Huang, who received a Graduate Student Incentive Award from the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.  Sarah was also accepted into the US Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Foood Security that will take place at Purdue in June.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Amanda Veile, who has received the Purdue Anthropology Department's Excellence in Teaching Award!
  • Dr. Amanda Veile and co-investigator Karen Kramer recently received a $25,000 grant from the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. The grant will fund the purchase of laboratory and field equipment for their ongoing study of maternal-child health and immuno-nutrition in Yucatec Maya subsistence farmers.
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. student Katie Whitmore who has been selected as a 2016 Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Fellow!
  • Congratulations to our graduate student Savannah Schulze. She has been awarded a Global Synergy Research Grant for Students by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for her dissertation research project entitled, Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringi beringi) in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda: interrelationships with Batwa and other local communities.
  • Congratulations to our recent Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Ryan Plis, for receiving the College of Liberal Arts' Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "Families in Transition: Gender Non-Conformists and their Kin Networks in the Mid-Southern U.S.” This is the highest award given to dissertations in the College!


  • Dr. Melissa Remis was featured in Purdue News discussing a recent feature article and cover in American Journal of Human Biology. Click here to read the research article by Carolyn Jost Robinson and Melissa Remis about how Older women in the Central African Republic forager communities suffer most from food shortage. Or click here for the Purdue News article and link to the research article.
  • Dr. Kory Cooper is featured in this Purdue News article discussing his artifacts’ metallurgical analysis showing Old World metals were traded on the Alaska coast several hundred years before contact with Europeans.
  • Dr. Michele Buzon shows new bioarchaeological evidence that Nubians and Egyptians integrated into a community, and even married, in ancient Sudan. Read about her research here.
  • Amanda VeileErik Otárola-Castillo recently published their research titled Sibling Competition & Growth Tradeoffs. Biological vs. Statistical Significance, Kramer KL, Veile A, Otárola-Castillo E (2016) Sibling Competition & Growth Tradeoffs. Biological vs. Statistical Significance. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0150126. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0150126
  • Professor Abdul Khabeer spoke in a discussion on American Muslims recently on Aljazeera English.  You can watch the video here.


  • Dr. Abdul Khabeer was recently awarded CLA’s Enhancing Research in the Humanities and Arts (ERHA) grant for her digital humanities project, Sapelo Square: An Online Resources on African American Islam. Sapelo Square is the first online platform dedicated to the comprehensive documentation and analysis of the African American Muslim experience. Sapelo Square, which is managed by Dr. Abdul Khabeer and her academic and non-academic collaborators, features original research and perspectives and also curates content from online and offline texts and audiovisual materials. The EHRA grant will be used to help Sapelo Square better incorporate the best digital humanities practices and innovative technologies into its work. Dr. Abdul Khabeer's long-term objective is for Sapelo Square to be a multifaceted interactive platform that creates new knowledge on a critical yet understudied segment of American society as well as new directions for humanities scholarship on critical issues of race, religion and national belonging.
  • Ellen Gruenbaum chaired a session at the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition Symposium in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, in October.
  • The Exponent, Purdue University's student-run newspaper conducted an interview with Anthropology faculty Amanda Veile and Erik Otárola-Castillo. The Exponent was interested in our faculty's opinion on the trendy "Paleo" diet. Click on the following link to read the article "Paleo or tasty treat: Does it matter'
  • Anthropology graduate student, Matthew Pike recently traveled to Michigan State to take part in a National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Digital Humanities funded Institute on Digital Archaeology Method and Practice. Matthew was fortunate to be one of 20 selected out of almost 200 applicants from across the archeological spectrum (academic, CRM, graduate students, tenured faculty, museum professionals, etc.)
  • We are pleased to welcome Erik Otárola-Castillo to our department. Erik has recently co-authored and published an article "When mothers need others: Why does it take a village to raise a child." It has almost become cliché to say ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ Why do human mothers, unlike most among mammals, rely on help to raise children? To answer this question, a new study co-authored by Karen Kramer and Erik Otárola-Castillo published in the Journal of Human Evolution, and highlighted by the Harvard Gazette and other popular media news sources, uses mathematical and numerical modeling to explore mother-offspring characteristics throughout the human evolutionary trajectory. The work shows that during many of the early changes in our evolutionary past, a mother and her children can cooperate as a group to provide sufficient support each other—later in time, however, as more modern human characteristics developed (e.g., earlier weaning, shorter birth intervals, longer juvenile dependence) mothers began to need cooperation from other adults and the community at large."
  • The Anthropology Department is hosting a visiting undergraduate research student this summer and in the fall term. Karen Lorena Romero Leal, who is joining us as part of Purdue’s UREP-C program, comes to us from Columbia with an interest in Amazonian indigenous peoples, testimonial literature, and oral histories. Karen will be working with Dr. Laura Zanotti and Dr. Sherri Briller.
  • An illustrated profile of Prof. Laura Zanotti’s environmental anthropology research and field school in the Amazon rainforest is featured in the latest issue of CLA's THiNK Magazine.
  • Congratulations to Professors Laura Zanotti and Kory Cooper who have been promoted to Associate Professor!
  • Ellen Gruenbaum presented a lecture on her research to about 40 UN staff at the United Nations Development Program in Khartoum, Sudan, on Feb. 25th. Her topic was "Generation of Change: FGM/C and Abandonment Efforts in Sudan.”
  • Ellen Gruenbaum gave a series of lectures to Public Health Master’s students at the Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan.


  • Ingrid Ramon Parra and Laura Zanotti have received a 2015-16 Purdue Research Foundation Research Grant for "Menire making Movies: A Participatory Video Project with Kayapo Women in the Brazilian Amazon".
  • Matthew Pike and Kory Cooper have received a 2015-16 Purdue Research Foundation Grant for "Prehistoric Copper Technology in the Arctic and Subarctic: A Geospatial Analysis of Hunter-Gatherer Innovation".
  • Congratulations to Elizabeth Hall who has just been notified that she has received a 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship to support her doctoral studies. Liz is currently completing her MS in our program which is serving as a pilot for her developing Ph.D. research on Zoonotic Pathogens: Disease Transmission among Apes and Humans in Mosaic Habitats in West and Central Africa.
  • Prof. Richard Blanton, Lane Farger (Purdue Research Affiliate), and Verenice Heredia Espinoza have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to support their project "The Relationship Between Household Organization And Governance.” The aim of their research is to uncover changes in household formation and economies in a newly-forming republican system of governance in the Postclassic Period of Tlaxcala, a site in the Central Highlands of Mexico.
  • Dr. Abdul Khabeer is co-PI on the “Muslims in the Midwest: An Oral History Project” that was recently awarded a grant as part of the Global Midwest Initiative by the Humanities Without Walls consortium. The project will establish and build a digital archive that documents the varied experiences of American Muslims in the Midwest through testimonies across generational, gender, geographical, socio-economic, and ethnic differences. Dr. Abdul Khabeer’s contribution will focus on African American Muslims in the Midwest. The Senior Project Advisor is Mohammed Khalil (Michigan State and other co-PI’s are Junaid Rana (Illinois), Nadine Naber (Illinois-Chicago)and Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana).


  • You can read about the research of several of our Anthropologists who were featured in the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships Annual Report. Dr. Briller (p. 9), Dr. Buzon (p. 12), Beth Gravalos (p. 30), Dr. Remis (p.33).
  • Read a recent publication by one of our graduate students, Jonas Ecke Continuity and Discontinuity: Cultural Change in a Refugee Camp in Ghana. PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, 14(1)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Riall Nolan for his recent book publication: Internationalizing the Academy: Lessons of Leadership in Higher Education, Edited by Gilbert W. Merkx and Riall W. Nolan
  • Graduate students Betsy Wirtz and Jonas Ecke were invited to speak at the Purdue UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) Charity Banquet on Friday night. They discussed issues relating to refugee children.
  • Read one of Dr. Richard Blanton's recent articles, “Theories of Ethnicity and the Dynamics of Ethnic Change in Multiethnic Societies” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: no. 30: 9175-9181.
  • Erik Otárola-Castillo and Ian Lindsay participated in Cumberland Elementary School’s annual Math Night, where they created a geocaching game to get kids excited about developing map reading skills.


  • Dr. Ian Lindsay won the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award for 2014.  He was honored for his work in utilizing student-centered hands-on teaching and technology.  He teaches archaeology, technology and culture, and the large lecture Intro to General Anthropology course.
  • Katelyn Reavis presented her research with Dr. Michele Buzon at the American Association of Physical Anthropology in Calgary, Alberta Canada, April 2014.
  • Melissa Remis and Carolyn Jost Robinson published an article in 2014 on ethnoprimatology and multispecies approaches, with coauthors Nick Malone, Alison Wade, Agustin Fuentes, and Erin Riley.  The article is titled, “Ethnoprimatology: Critical interdisciplinary and multispecies approaches in anthropology.”  Critique of Anthropology 341(1):8-29.
  • Professor Melissa Remis’s research was featured in Purdue News on May 20, 2014.  The research studied the effects of integrated conservation and development in the Dzanga-Sangha Dense Forest Reserve, including the first look at the impact on people's health. Click here to read the article.
  • Dr. Evelyn Blackwood was interviewed by The Daily Beast about her research among the Minangkabau in West Sumatra, Indonesia.  You can find the full article here.
  •  On July 31, 2014, Dr. Elizabeth Rowe presents her talk on “The Evolution of Menstruation” to the “Science on Tap” series at the Lafayette Brewing Company, on 
  • Congratulations to Ian Lindsay for receiving an Enhancing Research in the Humanities and the Arts Grant from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships for his research project entitled, "Investigating Territorial Commitments and Long-Term Political Process within Bronze and Iron Age Fortified Landscapes in Armenia."
  • Congratulations to Sarah Caldwell for receiving a Global Synergy Grant for Students from the office of the President for her research project entitled, "In the Wake of War: Population Health in Ottoman-Occupied Croatia,14th-17th Centuries." Congratulations to Ingrid Ramon Parra who also received this award for her research project entitled "Menire Making Movies: A Participatory Video Project with Kayapo Women in the Brazilian Amazon."
  • Dr. Audrey Ricke was the invited speaker for the Lafayette's Daybreak Rotary Club on thursday, September 11th.  Her presentation was entitled "Supporting the Community: German Identity and Traditions in Brazil."
  • The research of professors Kory Cooper and Michele Buzon are featured in the Sept/Oct issue of Purdue Alumnus Magazine. Click here to read more.
  • Dr. Ellen Gruenbaum is spending part of her sabbatical on a fellowship for a 4-week Writing Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center at the Villa Serbelloni, located in Bellagio on Lake Como. She’ll be working on a project entitled, “Generation of Change: New leaders and initiatives on female genital modifications in Africa and beyond.”
  • Assistant Professors Kory Cooper and Laura Zanotti are part of an 8 member team of interdisciplinary scholars recently awarded a $57,000 Mellon Grand Challenge Exploratory Award to investigate e-waste. One result of rapid innovation in the electronics industry is that electronic devices now often have very short use-lives. Electronic devices are consumed and discarded in increasing numbers and most of these devices contain metals or plastics that are harmful to human health. This project will investigate public understanding of this phenomenon and engage the local community in finding solutions.
  • We are pleased to announce that we have 2 new Faculty joining the Department of Anthropology and 3 Visiting Assistant Professors this year!
  • Dr. Sherylyn Briller, has been appointed Associate Professor of sociocultural anthropology/applied and practicing. She holds degrees from Carleton College (BA), and Case Western Reserve University (MA and PhD). She most recently has been teaching Anthropology at Wayne State University (Detroit) where she also served in the Institute of Gerontology and the Interdisciplinary Center to Advance Palliative Care Excellence. This fall she will be teaching our course Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives (Anth 340). She will be taking a lead role in the development of our Master’s degree track in Applied and Practicing Anthropology.
  • Dr. LaShandra Sullivan will be joining us as assistant professor of sociocultural anthropology a year from now, in fall 2015. She studied Philosophy at Howard (BA), International Relations at Yale (MA), and Anthropology at the University of Chicago (MA, PhD). Her doctoral research was on labor, agribusiness, and land protest camps in Brazil, and she previously did research and also worked as an economic attaché for the State Department in West Africa. She will expand our department’s curriculum on Latin America, rural-urban anthropology, development, diversity and globalization.
  • Audrey Ricke-Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
  • Dr. Ricke is a cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on transnational German identity in Brazil and the United States. She has done research on German folk dances, festivals, and gardens in southern Brazil and the role that the aesthetics at these tourism activities play in navigating race, class, and transnational identity.
  • Elizabeth Rowe—Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
  • Dr. Rowe is a biological anthropologist whose research focuses on gene-environment interactions in the menstrual cycle and other aspects of women’s reproductive physiology. She is also interested in the consequences of persistent social inequalities on women’s reproductive biology.
  • Dr. Ama Boakyewa-Visiting Assistant Professor, Fall 2014
  • Dr. Boakyewa is a cultural anthropologist who focuses on alternative religious/cultural practice and identity formations. She also has a background in African studies. She has done research in Ghana on ethnic and religious pluralism and identity at the Akonnedi Shrine.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michele Buzon who was recently appointed to a five-year term as a University Faculty Scholar.
  • Melissa Remis has studied the effects of integrated conservation and development in the Dzanga-Sangha Dense Forest Reserve, this includes the first look at the impact on people's health. You will find continued reading on her research at this link to the article featured in Purdue News.
  • Congratulations to Associate Professor Michele Buzon on her award from the National Science Foundation for her project entitled, “Collaborative Research: Impact and Accommodation Through Cultural Contact” She will use the funds ($135,272) to support her bioarchaeological research investigating the impact of Egypt’s New Kingdom Empire (c. 1500-1050 BC) on the Kerma culture in Nubia through an examination of identity and health before and after the conquest and colonization of the area (with UCSB collaborator Stuart Tyson Smith). This research is also being supported by Purdue Office of the Vice President for Research Bridge Funding Program ($48,045).
  • Assistant Professor Kory Cooper’s collaborative archaeological research and teaching with the School of Materials Engineering was highlighted in the April 8th, 2014 installment of “Purdue Profiles.” In this piece Cooper talks about the course “Archaeology and Materials Science”, which he co-teaches with MSE faculty. Click here for a link to this article.
  • Katelyn Reavis presented her research with Dr. Michele Buzon at the American Association of Physical Anthropology in Calgary, Alberta Canada.
  • Congratulations to our grad student Aiden Powell on winning the Berenice Carroll Social Justice Award this year! As second-year graduate student in Anthropology, he was recognized for his work in "Advocating for Transgender-Inclusive Health Insurance at Purdue University." Aiden is currently working on his master's thesis on the provision of health services to transgender students and plans to work in applied anthropology in the coming years.
  • Melissa Remis and Carolyn Jost Robinson just published an article on Ethnoprimatology and Multispecies approaches with coauthors Nick Malone, Alison Wade, Agustin Fuentes, Erin Riley, Melissa Remis and Carolyn Jost Robinson. 2014. “Ethnoprimatology: Critical interdisciplinary and multi species approaches in anthropology. Critique of Anthropology 341(1):8-29.
  • Kevin Vaughn was in Japan during February to participate in two international symposia in Osaka and Yamagata.
  • Dr. Ian Lindsay recently won the Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award 2014.
  • In November, Dr. Ian Lindsay was awarded two grants from Purdue's Office of the Vice President for Research in support of his archaeological work in Armenia:
  • • Transdisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Research Grant ($8778): "Using Purdue’s MSE Electron Microscopy Facility to Study Pottery Technology and Social Organization among Bronze Age Fortress Settlements in Armenia."
  • • Non-laboratory Research Infrastructure and Equipment Program Grant, Tier 2 ($17,861): "Funding Request for Archaeological Survey and Remote Sensing Equipment."
  • On November 23, 2014, our department participated at the Grad Fair at the American Anthropological Association's annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Over 50 people
  • stopped by our table to ask about our program, and had a chance to chat about the many different aspects of graduate school. Many thanks to everyone who helped, Anjali Bhardwaj, Ryan Plis, Ellen Gruenbaum, and Talin Lindsay!
  • Purdue anthropologist selected for 2015 Race Across USA to combine 3,000-mile run with research. Read details here.
  • 2013

  • Congratulations to Diana Steele who received a Global Synergy Research Grant for Students from the Office of the Vice President for Research.  The grant will fund dissertation work entitled, “Geographies of Difference: Examining Race and Place through Amazonian Migrants Livelihoods in Peru.”
  •  Dr. Evelyn Blackwood was interviewed on the topic of “Global Genders” on Public Radio International’s weekly program “To the Best of Our Knowledge,” which aired on Aug. 30, 2013.  You can listen to the program here.
  •  Dr. Michele Buzon spoke with the National Geographic Radio Weekend Show (June 23) about the Nubian Pharaohs and her research.  You can listen to it here.
  •  Dr. Michele Buzon’s collaborative bioarchaeological research in Tombos, Sudan has been highlighted by the National Science Foundation.
  •  Evelyn Blackwood was recently interviewed on BBC Radio's Today Programme concerning her research on the matrilineal Minangkabau in Indonesia.  The interview focused on the lives of men in a matrilineal society, and was part of a BBC mini series examining changing Western conceptions of masculinity.
  •  One of our PhD graduates, Katie Smith has accepted a new position aspostdoctoral fellow in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Houston.  Katie is working in the lab of Dr. Ezemenari Obasi.  Katie will be examining stress and addiction in African American populations.  The study will be examining the role of addiction as a coping mechanism for stress in a population that deals with multiple daily chronic stressors, including health disparities and discrimination.
  •  Evelyn Latour (MS 2012) has been hired as a Market Research Strategist for an international firm, CarbonSix, doing client interfacing, field research study management, qualitative data analysis and report writeup. Her coworkers include a nice mixture of academic and business backgrounds--MAs, a couple of PhDs, and some MBAs--which is just the sort of interdisciplinary work environment she hoped for.  Good luck, Evelyn!
  •  Dr. Bryce Carlson has authored a paper on diurnal variation in nutrient consumption appearing in this month's issue of the American Journal of Primatology.  With co-authors Dr. Jessica Rothman and Dr. John Mitani, Dr. Carlson showed that wild chimpanzees at Kibale National Park, Uganda preferentially consumed 2 common dietary resources late in the day when their nutritional quality was highest.  This study suggests chimpanzees may be capable of tracking changes in nutritional composition on the order of hours, not just weeks or months. For more information click here.


  • The Anthropology Department is pleased to invite students to submit papers for the 2013 Brazil Abroad scholarship competition.   Check out the flyer and find out more information about the program here.
  • Franco Lai has won the 2013 Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Student Award for Research Excellence! Her award-winning paper is titled "Sexualities in Transnational Migrant Circuits: Female same-sex relations among female domestic migrant workers in Hong Kong."  For further information about the award click here.
  • Professor Evelyn Blackwood was awarded a Title IX service award as a pioneer, advocate, and mentor in the area of gender equity. Congratulations Dr. Blackwood!  Click here for Purdue Today's feature of Dr. Blackwood's accomplishments.
  • Are you planning on applying to the Anthropology Graduate Program for Fall 2013?  Please join us for a visitation day on Monday, October 22 to learn about graduate study at Purdue!  For more information and to RSVP, please contact Talin Lindsay at”
  • Jennifer Studebaker (M.S. May 2012) has started a new position as Office Coordinator at the Society for Ethnomusicology at Indiana University.  She reports that she really likes the position and will be learning a lot about non-profit organization management.  Congratulations, Jennifer!
  • A publication based on MS research by PhD student, Sarah Schrader, is now available online in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology: “Activity patterns in New Kingdom Nubia: An examination of entheseal remodeling and osteoarthritis at Tombos”
  • Doctoral student Ryan Plis and Dr. Evelyn Blackwood received the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion 2012 award for the best paper in the category of Faculty research.  The paper is entitled: Trans Technologies and Identities in the United States.  It will be published in Technologies of Sexuality and Sexual Health, Lenore Manderson, editor, Routledge, 2012.
  • The Spring issue of THiNK magazine features the work of several anthropology faculty members and students.  We invite you to check out the news here.
  • Dr. Evelyn Blackwood and Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer presented papers at the Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion's Spring Symposium on March 29, 2012.   Papers presented focused on cultural marginalization (Abdul Khabeer) and Trans Embodiment (Blackwood).
  • Doctoral student Elizabeth Wirtz was recently awarded a Purdue Research Foundation Grant for her dissertation work "Measuring the Impact of Physical and Structural Violence on Somali Refugee Women's Perceptions of Fertility and Motherhood in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya”


  • Ian Lindsay presented a talk at the 2011 Chicago Humanities Festival entitled "Can you Dig It?: Technology in the Archaeological Record."  Read more...
  • Andrew Buckser has been named an American Council on Education Fellow for 2011-2012. 
  • The American Anthropological Association’s Association for Queer Anthropology is very pleased to announce that Evelyn Blackwood has been awarded the 2011 Ruth Benedict Book Prize in the category “Outstanding Monograph” for Falling into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2010). 
  • Join us at the Anthropology Fall Open Houseon Friday, November 11 to learn about graduate study at Purdue!  The event will begin at 10:00am in Stone Hall Room B2 and will include a chance to learn about our MS and PhD graduate degree programs, funding options and faculty research projects. 
  • Wiping Away the Tears Symposium: The Battle of Tippecanoe in History and Memory. Free and open to the public. November 3 - 5, 2011  Purdue University.
  • Dr. Evelyn Blackwood was interviewed by The Daily Beast about her research among the Minangkabau in West Sumatra, Indonesia. 
  • Dr. Cooper was awarded a $512,950 grant from the National Science Foundation's Arctic Social Sciences Program for a 3-year program of research titled "Prehistoric Native Copper Technology in Northwest North America: Innovation, Diffusion, and Heritage."
  • Dr. Laura Zanotti returned from Brazilian Amazon, where she co-taught a study abroad course on indigenous peoples and conservation.   


  • Dr. Brian Kelly has been studying the emerging methamphetamine epidemic in China. His project is focused on how the rise of methamphetamine is influencing China's HIV epidemic. Dr. Kelly has studied drug abuse and the HIV/AIDS epidemic for over a decade. 
  • Dr. Kory Cooper was awarded a $5,000 Purdue Library Scholars Grant to travel to British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to continue his investigation of prehistoric native copper technology and its relationship to prestige and social complexity in the Arctic and Northwest Coast. While on teaching release in fall 2010 he traveled to the Royal British Columbia Museum, the BC Heritage Branch, the University of British Columbia, and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre to collect data on the archaeological distribution of native copper artifacts. Prof Cooper's research provides a new perspective on technological innovation and prestige among diverse types of Hunter-Gatherer societies. 
  • PhD student, Sarah Schrader, is currently doing fieldwork on Dr. Michele Buzon's NSF-funded archaeological research project in Tombos, Sudan. This season, Sarah and the team have been busy excavating Egyptian-style pyramid tombs and Nubian-style tumulus tombs that date to the Napatan Period (~700-300 BC). Exciting finds include infants buried in baskets, many intact figurines and a horse burial. 
  • Giorgi Bedianashvili received a prestigious Carnegie Research Fellowship to work in the Department of Anthropology at Purdue University from September 2010 to this January. Giorgi is employed by the Tbilisi Archaeological Museum in the Republic of Georgia, so this was a great opportunity for our graduate students to get to know an international scholar. Bedianashvili pursued his project entitled "Sociopolitical Complexity and Change in Late Bronze Age Central Caucasus 1500-1000 BCE" under the guidance of Dr. Ian Lindsay. 
  • Department Head Ellen Gruenbaum lectured on Alan Paton's classic novel focusing on struggles with racism and injustice in mid-20th century South Africa. Her talk, which infused history, culture, and personal reflection into the literary commentary, was part of the annual Books and Coffee series. She spoke in the South Ballroom to an audience of about 75 community and university participants.
  • Dr. Michele Buzon is giving a "Back to Class" presentation entitled, "Window to the Past: Nile Valley's Civilizations Share Valuable Lessons" for the 2011 Purdue Mollenkopf Weekend, Naples, Florida.
  • Graduating Anthropology Senior, Britney Yount, has been admitted to the Teach For America program. She will begin teaching in South Dakota in early 2011. 
  • Students in Anthropology's new Community Engagement course, Anth 404, taught by Professor Evelyn Blackwood, recently participated in the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebration hosted by the Purdue Latino Cultural Center at the local YWCA. They created and displayed a beautiful altar in memory of their deceased loved ones.(10/29/10) 
  • Dr. Melissa Remis and colleague Jean Bosco Kpanou had a paper published in the Africa Journal of Ecology titled,"Primate and ungulate abundance in response to multi-use zoning and human extractive activities in a Central African Reserve."online early
  • Doctoral candidate Brandi Wren presented her research on the behavior and gastrointestinal pareasites of vervet monkeys (Cholorcebus [Ceropithecus] aethiops) at the meeting of the International Primatological Society in Kyoto, Japan, September 2010.
  • Carolyn Jost Robinson and Dr. Melissa Remis presented their poster, "Interdisciplinary approaches for the development of sustainable hunting practices in a central African forest," at the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Symposium at Purdue University, October 27, 2010.
  •  Jessica Shafer (BA 02, Anthropology), Boatswain Mate 1st Class Petty Officer, US Coast Guard, was named one of the Purdue Alumni Association's 40 under 40. 
  •  Dr. Ellen Gruenbaum and Dr. Laura Zanotti visited Moi University, Eldoret Kenya this June. Dr. Gruenbaum and Dr. Zanotti were hosted by Dr. Susan Chebet and explored different participatory community projects in the area.
  •  Sarah Schrader has been selected as the 2010 recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. Her thesis is titled, "A Bioarchaeological Investigation of Activity Patterns in New Kingdom Nubia" and utilizes a bioarchaeological approach to examine activity patterns at the Nubian site of Tombos. Human skeletal remains from the New Kingdom (1,550-1,069 BC) are analyzed for indications of osteoarthritis, vertebral degeneration and entheseal remodeling. Low levels of these activity patterns reflect an imperial community that was not participating in a mechanically strenuous lifestyle. These date suggest Tombos served as a colonial administrative center as the Egyptian Empire successfully consolidated Nubia into the imperial regime of the New Kingdom. Sarah Schrader is supervised by Dr. Michele Buzon.
  • Dr. Sharon Williams is working with the World Health Organization to understand how people age throughout the world. Dr. Williams is traveling to South Africa, Australia and India to work with labs, train laboratory personnel and collaborate with other scholars associated with the WHO Study of Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE).
  • Sarah Schrader has been awarded a PRF Research Assistantship (2010-2011) for the project, "Archaeology of the Everyday: A Bioarchaeological Approach to Activity Patterns and Diet of Ancient Nubians" supervised by Dr. Michele Buzon.
  • Dr. Evelyn Blackwood has recently been promoted to Professor of Anthropology, effective August, 2010.
  • Dr. Michele Buzon has been promoted to Associate Professor of Anthropology, effective August, 2010.
  • Dr. Michele Buzon recently appeared in the program 'Nasca Lines: The Buried Secrets' on the National Geographic Channel discussing the skeletal and isotopic analysis of a decapitated individual.
  • Evelyn Blackwood was the featured speaker at Bucknell University for their Social Science Colloquium "The Anatomy of Gender: Science, Sex and Culture in the 21st Century," March 29, 2010. Her talk was entitled "Global sexualities, or are there really lesbians and gays everywhere?"
  • Dr. Kory Cooper was awarded $5,000 from the Purdue University Library Scholars Grant Program to support museum and archival research for his project "Indigenous Copper Metallurgy in Northwestern North America: Innovation in Hunter-gatherer Technology."


  • Dr. Ian Lindsay and colleagues were awarded a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation for a project "Collaborative Research: The Fortress and the Grassroots: Archaeological Investigations of Early Complex Societies on the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia", beginning April 2010.
  • Dr. Kevin Vaughn recently appeared on the program 'Solving History with Olly Steeds' on the Discovery Channel. In the linked clip, Dr. Vaughn walks on a Nasca (Nazca) Line, or geoglyph, in southern Peru with host Olly Steeds as they discuss the function of the geoglyphs in antiquity.
  • Melissa Remis has published a new article in the journal Conservation Biology. Co-authored with Rebecca Hardin (University of Michigan), it is titled "Transvalued Species in an African Forest " (Conservation Biology 23(6): 1588-1596, 2009). For more information about her recent research and an abstract of the article, click here
  • ANTH Senior Hannah Bergeman Attended Copenhagen for U.N. Climate Change Summit December 2009. Visit the website for further information
  • Evelyn Blackwood was a featured expert on National Geographic Channel's Taboo series. She appeared in the episode entitled "The Third Sex," which first aired in November 2008.
  • Purdue Anthropology alumna, Kimberly Huber's (BA, '76), co-authored book, "The Museum Educator's Manual: Educators Share Successful Techniques" was recently published by AltaMira Press.
  • Indiana Archaeology Month: Archaeologist Dr. Kory Cooper was interviewed about his research into the prehistoric use of copper in northwestern North America.
  • Dr. Brian C Kelly was awarded a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for his project entitled "Prescription Drug Abuse in Youth Subcultures: Contexts & Risks", August 2009.
  • Dr. Michele Buzon was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project entitled "A Bioarchaeological Investigation of Identity Development during Napatan State Formation", July 2009.
  • Dr. Kevin Vaughn was awarded a grant from the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration for his project entitled "Ancient mining and metallurgy on the south coast of Peru." June, 2009.

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