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Alumni Dr. Carolyn B. Fluehr-Lobban and Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr. have very generously established the Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr. and Dr. Carolyn B. Fluehr-Lobban Pre-Dissertation Research Award
in Anthropology
. This annual award makes it possible for graduate students in the Department to conduct preliminary or exploratory research and to lay groundwork for their dissertation research.


The Anthropology Graduate Student Association meets monthly to discuss ongoing developments in the Department, to plan events, and to share questions, concerns, and current work. We also get together for social events, to attend talks and exhibits, to discuss our research and other work, and to organize visitors to the Department. We are open to suggestions and ideas, so if you are a graduate student in the Department, please stop by our next meeting! Meeting information will be disseminated through the Department's graduate-student listserv. The association was established "to assist its members in all endeavors related to their success in the graduate division of Temple University's Anthropology Department; this includes educational, peer, and faculty support." For further information, contact our president, Dave Paulson, dave.paulson@temple.edu, or our communications director and social chair, Sam Spies, szspies@temple.edu.


Meetings of the Undergraduate Anthropology Association (UAA) are generally held every other Wednesday at 5:00 in the Fishbowl (Gladfelter Hall room 212). For further information, contact the association's president, Kelly Steckler, ksteck44@temple.edu, or the vice-president, Jordan Galczynski, jordan.galczynski@temple.edu; or you can contact us at the association's email address, templeuaa@gmail.com. The Undergraduate Anthropology Association is a forum in which anthropology ímajors and minors can meet one another as well as interact with professors and graduate students. We include all areas of anthropological study: archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and anthropology of visual communication. We hold bi-monthly meetings where professors discuss their areas of specialization and we organize trips to museums and events, a graduate-student panel, fundraisers, ethnic-food nights, and other fun events! It's a great organization to become involved in, especially if you seek guidance in continuing your studies in anthropology at the graduate level.




Accolades, accomplishments, and awards



Faculty member Dr. Inmaculada García Sánchez has published the book Language and Muslim Immigrant Childhoods: The Politics of Belonging (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).
[15 May 2014]


Doctoral student Melissa Krug has been awarded a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) International Business Research Award. The award will support her project "Commodification of Fair Trade: Handicraft Production and Cultural Sustainability in Boruca, Costa Rica." [25 April 2014]


Doctoral student Melissa Krug has been awarded the third annual Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr. and Dr. Carolyn B. Fluehr-Lobban Pre-Dissertation Research Award in Anthropology. The award will support her project "The Commodification of Fair Trade: A Semiotic Approach to Handicraft Production in Costa Rica." [23 April 2014]


Doctoral student Deirdre Kelleher has been awarded an American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship for her project "Redefining the 'Huddled Masses': A Historical Archaeology of Domestic Immigrant Life in 19th-Century Philadelphia." [15 April 2014]


Undergraduate anthropology major Paige Randazzo has been chosen to receive a Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship (CARAS) award. It will enable her to travel to Oman and to carry out her proposed project "Erosion Study of 5,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Tombs in Oman," supervised by her faculty advisor, Dr. Kimberly Williams. [9 April 2014]


Undergraduate alumna Sierra Gladfelter has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The three-year fellowship will support her graduate studies in geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. [2 April 2014]

Doctoral student Kristin Almskaar has received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. [2 April 2014]


Doctoral student Kristina Nazimova has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The three-year fellowship will support her doctoral studies as well as her research project, "Language and the Everyday Reconstitution of Peace in Angola." [2 April 2014]


Alumnus Dr. Sigurjón Hafsteinsson has published the book Phallological Museum (Lit Verlag, 2014). [27 March 2014]


Doctoral student Autumn Zellers has been awarded a research fellowship from the Social Science Research Council's interdisciplinary Drugs, Security and Democracy Program. The fellowship will fully support her planned seven months of dissertation field research in Colombia as well as her participation in two SSRC-sponsored workshops with the other members of her fellowship cohort. Her project title is "'Not indigenous people's problem': Illicit Crops, Land, and Indigenous Youth in Cauca, Colombia."
[26 March 2014]


Doctoral student Nathan Jessee has been awarded a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. He will be part of a small cohort of scholars working under the theme "Oceanic Studies: Seas as Sites and Subjects of Interdisciplinary Inquiry." [25 March 2014]


Faculty member Dr. Michael Stewart has received the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference's Lifetime Achievement Award. [16 March 2014]


Faculty member Dr. David Orr has published (with co-editor Richard Veit) the volume Historical Archaeology of the Delaware Valley, 1600-1850 (University of Tennessee Press). The volume contains chapters by faculty member Dr. Michael Stewart, recent alumnus Christopher Barton, and doctoral students Mara Kaktins and Joseph Blondino. [5 March 2014]


Recent alumnus Dr. Brendan Tuttle, now the Mennonite Central Committee's Country Director for Sudan and South Sudan, has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Foundation Engaged Anthropology Grant to support "New Histories for a New South Sudan: A Public Anthropology Project." [26 February 2014]


Doctoral student Mehret Mandefro and her husband, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, have won the Berlinale International Film Festival's Panorama Audience Award ("Best Fiction Film" category) for their film Difret. [For previous coverage, see below under 25 January 2014, 15 January 2014, and 6 December 2013.] [15 February 2014]


Doctoral student Nicolás Loaiza-Díaz (with co-author Francisco J. Aceituno) has published the article "Early and Middle Holocene Evidence for Plant Use and Cultivation in the Middle Cauca River Basin, Cordillera Central (Colombia)" in Quaternary Science Reviews. [13 February 2014]


Doctoral student Mehret Mandefro and her husband, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, have won the Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award ("World Cinema Dramatic" category) for their film Difret. [For previous coverage, see below under 15 January 2014 and 6 December 2013.] [25 January 2014]


Doctoral student Megan Luthern's osteological analyses of materials excavated at Satu Qala, a site in Iraqi Kurdistan, are featured in the website of the International Association for Assyriology. [25 January 2014]


Doctoral student Matthew Kalos has been selected for a fellowship from the George Wright Society and the National Park Service to participate in Park Break 2014. [24 January 2014]


Doctoral student Mehret Mandefro and her husband, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, have been joined by Angelina Jolie as Executive Producer of their film Difret. [For previous coverage, see below under 6 December 2013.] [15 January 2014]


Doctoral student Mehret Mandefro and her husband, Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, have received official word that their film Difret has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival. She is the film's producer and he is the director. A total of 12,218 films were submitted to Sundance. Of those, only 118 (fewer than one percent) were selected for the festival. And of those, only twelve films, from around the world, were chosen for the category in which Difret appears: "World Cinema Dramatic Competition." In Sundance's thirty-year history, this is the first time that a feature film from Ethiopia has been chosen
for this competition category. [6 December 2013]


Doctoral student Chelsea Voytek and co-authors have published the following three articles in 2013: "The Development of a Culturally Relevant, Theoretically Driven HPV Prevention Intervention for Urban Adolescent Females and their Parents/Guardians" in the journal Health Promotion Practice; "Travel Distance to HIV Medical Care: A Geographic Analysis of Weighted Survey Data from the Medical Monitoring Project in Philadelphia, PA" in the journal AIDS and Behavior; and "Behind the Cascade: Analyzing Spatial Patterns along the HIV Care Continuum" in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. [5 December 2013]


Doctoral student Deirdre Kelleher has been chosen by the Society for Historical Archaeology to receive the John L. Cotter Award, which recognizes "outstanding achievement by an individual at the start of his/her career in historical archaeology." [2 December 2013]


Faculty member Dr. Damien Stankiewicz has been selected for a 2014-2015 Faculty Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). His fellowship project is titled "Ethnographies of
(Post-)Utopia in 21st Century Europe: Negotiations of Vision and Fragmentation
." [19 November 2013]


Faculty member Dr. Kimberly Williams has been selected for a 2014-2015 Faculty Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). Her fellowship project is titled "Landscapes of Death: Negotiating Identity and Building Mortuary Landscapes in Bronze Age Oman." [19 November 2013]


Undergraduate student David Zoolalian, a participant in faculty member Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala's summer program in India, has won First Prize in the annual Temple University International Programs Writing Contest. [11 November 2013]


Undergraduate alumnus John Infante and his Jhalavad Sanctuary for the Arts in Gujarat, India (established through a collaboration with faculty member Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala) are featured in The Temple News. [29 October 2013]


Faculty member Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala and his summer program in India are featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Compass, the Temple University College of Liberal Arts magazine. [10 October 2013]


Doctoral students Caitlin Baiduc and Eryn Snyder have both been selected for Digital Humanities Scholarships and will be members of the newest cohort of scholars in the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC). [12 September 2013]


Doctoral student Christopher Barton and colleagues continue to attract attention from the press for their archaeological work at Timbuctoo, a nineteenth-century African-American community in Westampton, New Jersey. Most recently, the project has been covered by the Burlington County Times and SJ Magazine. [For previous coverage, see below under 25 May 2012 and 25 June 2010.] [4 August 2013]


Doctoral student Deirdre Kelleher was interviewed about her historical-archaeological work at Elfreth's Alley for two radio broadcasts as well as for written articles that appear in the stations' websites: WHYY and WKYW. Yet another article was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and appears in the philly.com news website. [For previous coverage, see below under 3 March and 6 January 2013.] [18 July 2013]


Faculty member Dr. Damien Stankiewicz has been awarded a Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant from the National Science Foundation for his field-research project "Tracking Emerging Trans-Regional Energy Initiatives." [12 July 2013]


Doctoral student Kevin Donaghy and his historical-archaeological work on the Battle of Brandywine are featured in Chadds Ford Live. [26 June 2013]


Faculty member Dr. Kimberly Williams and collaborator Dr. Lesley Gregoricka (University of South Alabama) have been awarded a Collaborative Research Grant from the National Science Foundation's Archaeology Program for their three-year field-research project "Negotiating Identity and Building the Landscape: 3rd Millennium BC Mortuary Traditions in Bronze Age Oman." [25 June 2013]


The Visual Anthropology Society at Temple (VAST) has received the "Program of the Year" award from Temple University Student Activities and the Office of Leadership Development for its 2013 "Futures of Visual Anthropology" conference. [7 May 2013]


Doctoral student Nathan Jessee has been chosen to participate in the National Science Foundation's Ethnographic Field School. [23 April 2013]


Doctoral student Nicole Nathan has been awarded the second annual Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr. and Dr. Carolyn B. Fluehr-Lobban Pre-Dissertation Research Award in Anthropology. The award will support her project "The Mission: Representation in Christian Development Practices in the Dominican Republic." [19 April 2013]


Doctoral student Brittany Webb has been selected, through an international essay competition, to participate in the 17th Berlin Roundtables on Transnationality, sponsored by the Irmgard Coninx Foundation: "Travel and Museums: Rethinking the Modern Experience." [17 April 2013]


Doctoral student Margaux Keller, in collaboration with alumnus Dr. Michael Nalls and co-authors, has published the article "Using Genome-Wide Complex Trait Analysis to Quantify 'Missing Heritability' in Parkinson's Disease" in the journal Human Molecular Genetics. [15 April 2013]


Doctoral student Brendan Tuttle has been chosen for a Center for the Humanities Advanced Graduate Scholar Fellowship to support his dissertation research project "Life is prickly": History, Belonging, and Common Place in Bor, South Sudan. [5 April 2013]


Doctoral student Brooke Bocast has been chosen for a Center for the Humanities Senior Doctoral Fellowship to support her dissertation research project "If books fail, try beauty": Gender, Consumption, and Higher Education in Uganda. [5 April 2013]


Alumnus Dr. Sigurjón Hafsteinsson has published the book Unmasking Deep Democracy: An Anthropology of Indigenous Media in Canada (Intervention Press, 2013). [5 March 2013]


Doctoral student Deirdre Kelleher's historical-archaeological work at Elfreth's Alley is featured in an Associated Press article that appeared in newspapers and news websites nationwide. [3 March 2013]


Faculty member Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala, doctoral student Anabelle Rodriguez, undergraduate alumni John Infante and Keith Marchiafava, and senior laboratory technician Muriel Kirkpatrick have mounted the exhibit "Painting Story of the Floating Desert: Contemporary Indian Miniatures from Jhalavad, India." Hosted by the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT), the paintings are on display on the tenth floor of Gladfelter Hall through 30 April 2013, Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Also on display are artifacts drawn from the collections of the Anthropology Laboratory and Museum. The exhibit is featured in a Temple News article. [10 February 2013]


Doctoral student Christopher Barton (with co-author Kyle Somerville) has published the article "'A Steppingstone of Civilization': The Hojack Swing Bridge and the Negotiation of Social Power in Monroe County, Western New York State" in the journal Industrial Archaeology Review. [31 January 2013]


Faculty member Dr. David Orr has been awarded a grant from the McFeely-Rogers Foundation to support archaeological work at Valley Forge. [9 January 2013]


Doctoral student Deirdre Kelleher's historical-archaeological work at Elfreth's Alley is featured in an article and short video produced by Temple's Office of University Communications. Deirdre's blog "Archaeology on the Alley" provides regularly updated information about the project. [6 January 2013]


Doctoral student Jeremy Koch, with alumnus Dr. Bill Schindler, has published the article "Flakes Giving You Lip? Let Them Speak: An Examination of the Relationship Between Percussor Type and Lipped Platforms" in the journal Archaeology of Eastern North America. [27 December 2012]


Doctoral student Qingyan Ma has been chosen by the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) for a Senior Doctoral Fellowship for Spring 2013. [17 November 2012]


Alumnus Daniel Crozier has been chosen to receive the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum Award of Merit for his many years of service to historical archaeology in Philadelphia. [6 November 2012]


Alumna Dr. Carolyn Merritt has published the book Tango Nuevo (University Press of Florida, 2012). [5 November 2012]


Alumnus Dr. Sam Pack has completed two ethnographic films: Celebrating Semana Santa: Change, Conflict, and Continuity in Rural Honduras and Water Puppetry in Vietnam: An Ancient Tradition in a Modern World. Both films have been accepted as featured selections at international documentary and ethnographic film festivals and are in distribution by Berkeley Media. [1 November 2012]


Doctoral student Christopher Barton has published the article "Tacking Between Black and White: Race Relations in Gilded Age Philadelphia" in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology. [29 October 2012]


Doctoral student Elizabeth McGinsky and co-authors have published the chapter "Video Game Addiction: User Perspectives" in Critical Perspectives on Addiction, an edited volume in the series Advances in Medical Sociology (Emerald Group Publishing). [29 October 2012]


Faculty member Dr. Heather Levi and her research on lucha libre are featured in the documentary Tales of Masked Men, which is being broadcast on PBS. [22 September 2012]


The work of numerous students and alumni from the Department is represented in the exhibit Digging the City: Archaeological Discoveries from the Philadelphia Waterfront at the Independence Seaport Museum. A total of 43 Temple archaeologists have been involved; those who have had leadership roles include alumnus Steve Tull, doctoral students Jen Rankin and Blair Fink, and undergraduate students George Cress, Paul Elwork, Eileen Krall-Hood, Matt Olson, Christy Wallover, and Rebecca White. [21 September 2012]


Professor Emeritus Dr. Richard Chalfen has published the book Photo Gaffes: Family Snapshots and Social Dilemmas (Dog Ear Press). [20 September 2012]


Doctoral student Margaux Keller, alumnus Dr. Michael Nalls, and co-authors have published the article "Using Genome-wide Complex Trait Analysis to Quantify 'Missing Heritability' in Parkinson's Disease" in the journal Human Molecular Genetics. [12 September 2012]


Doctoral student Brittany Webb has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship in Museum Practice at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. [5 September 2012]


Doctoral student Elizabeth McGinsky and co-authors have published the article "The Contribution of Game Genre and Other Use Patterns to Problem Video Game Play among Adult Video Gamers" in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. [10 August 2012]


Doctoral student Andrew Van Horn and co-authors (including faculty members Dr. Charles Weitz and Dr. Jonathan Friedlaender) have published the article "Modernization and the Onset of Overweight and Obesity in Bougainville and Solomon Islands Children: Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Comparisons Between 1966 and 1986" in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. [1 August 2012]


Doctoral student Christopher Barton and undergraduate alumna Patricia Markert have published the peer-reviewed article "Collaborative Archaeology, Oral History, and Social Memory at Timbuctoo, New Jersey" in the inaugural issue of the Journal of African Diaspora Archaeology and Heritage. [30 July 2012]


Doctoral student Qingyan Ma has published the chapter "'New Countryside, New Family': The Discourses of Reproductive Risk in Post-socialist Rural China" in the edited volume Risk, Reproduction and Narratives of Experience (Vanderbilt University Press). [30 July 2012]


Doctoral student Christopher Barton (with co-author Kyle Somerville) has published the article "Play Things: Children's Racialized Mechanical Banks and Toys, 1880-1930" in the International Journal of Historical Archaeology. [15 July 2012]


Doctoral student Nikky Greer and co-authors have published the article "Acrylic Rx: A Program Evaluation of a Professionally Taught Painting Class among Older Americans" in the journal Arts & Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy and Practice.
[22 June 2012]



Doctoral student Nicolás Loaiza-Díaz and co-authors have published the article "The Initial Human Settlement of Northwest South America during the Pleistocene/Holocene Transition: Synthesis and Perspectives" in the journal Quaternary International. [15 June 2012]


Doctoral student Eryn Snyder has been awarded First Place in the Social Science Research Council's Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology competition.
[7 June 2012]


Faculty member Dr. David Orr, doctoral student Christopher Barton, undergraduate alumna Patricia Markert, and colleagues continue to attract attention from the press for their archaeological work on Timbuctoo, a nineteenth-century African-American community in Westampton, New Jersey. Most recently, the project has been covered by the Burlington County Times and by the Philadelphia Inquirer (in a front-page article). [For previous coverage, see below under 25 June 2010.] [25 May 2012]


Undergraduate anthropology major Austin Argentieri is featured in a Temple News article about his work with Philadelphia's Vietnamese community. [4 May 2012]


Faculty member Dr. Inmaculada García Sánchez has been awarded a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship to support her research project "Beyond Cultural Discontinuities: Bridging Immigrant Children's In- and Out-of-School Language Practices." [2 May 2012]


Undergraduate anthropology major Rachel Jardini has been chosen to receive the Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium's Summer Travel Award, which will support her field research on the implementation and impacts of sexual education programs in Mérida, Mexico. [1 May 2012]


Doctoral student Brooke Bocast has been awarded a National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. [27 April 2012]


Doctoral student Jen Rankin has been awarded the W. Fred Kinsey Scholarship by the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. [16 April 2012]


Doctoral student Laura MacBride has been awarded the first annual Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr. and Dr. Carolyn B. Fluehr-Lobban Pre-Dissertation Research Award in Anthropology. The award will support her project "Rediscovering a Gendered Landscape: Preliminary Excavation of Graeme Park's 18th Century Formal Garden." [12 April 2012]


Doctoral student Deirdre Kelleher has been awarded a Pennypacker Fellowship through the State Library of Pennsylvania—Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's Scholars-in-Residence Program. [6 April 2012]


Doctoral student Christopher Barton has been awarded a Winterthur Dissertation Fellowship. [29 March 2012]


Alumna Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon is featured in the Temple University "Faculty Focus" profile series. [28 March 2012]


Faculty member Dr. David Orr has received the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference's Lifetime Achievement Award. [20 March 2012]


Alumna Dr. Kristi Brian has published the book Reframing Transracial Adoption: Adopted Koreans, White Parents, and the Politics of Kinship (Temple University Press, 2012).
[14 March 2012]



Alumnus Dr. Arthur Washburn is featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Temple Review for his work in the field of forensic podiatry. [14 January 2012]


Faculty member Dr. David Orr has been awarded a grant from the McFeely-Rogers Foundation to support archaeological excavation at an American Revolutionary War encampment site dating from 1777-1778. The excavation is on the site of Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge. Temple students as well as volunteers from surrounding communities are involved in the project. [14 December 2011]


During the 2011-2012 winter break, Dr. Kimberly Williams and a team of students from the Department traveled to northern Oman, where they conducted the second annual field season of the "Social, Spatial, and Bioarchaeological Histories of Ancient Oman" project. [5 December 2011]


Dr. Kimberly Williams has been selected as one of six participants from the College of Liberal Arts in the inaugural cohort of Temple University's Faculty Research Development Program. [1 December 2011]


Undergraduate anthropology majors Patrick Beckhorn (faculty mentor: Dr. Juris Milestone) and Alyson Caine (faculty mentor: Dr. Kimberly Williams) have been chosen to receive Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship (CARAS) awards. They are two of only three CARAS award recipients in the College of Liberal Arts. Beckhorn will travel to India to conduct his research project "Bicycle Culture and Sustainable Development in Delhi, India" and Caine will travel to Oman for her project "Biodistance Analyses of Several Near Eastern Populations." [8 November 2011]


Doctoral student Chelsea Voytek and co-authors have published the article "An Exploratory Study of Adolescent Female Reactions to Direct-to-Consumer Advertising: The Case of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine" in the journal Health Marketing Quarterly. [15 October 2011]


Alumni Dr. Carolyn B. Fluehr-Lobban and Dr. Richard A. Lobban, Jr. have been chosen from among the alumni of the College of Liberal Arts for Temple University's 2011 Gallery of Success. [1 October 2011]


Alumnus Dr. P. Kerim Friedman and partner Shashwati Talukdar have been chosen to receive the Society for Visual Anthropology's Jean Rouch Award (the society's highest honor) for their documentary film Please Don't Beat Me, Sir! The award will be conferred at the SVA's annual business meeting in Montreal, part of the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association. [14 September 2011]


Alumnus Dr. P. Kerim Friedman and partner Shashwati Talukdar have completed the documentary film Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!, which has been selected to have its world premiere at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival. It has also been selected for the 2011 Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival. [15 August 2011]


Doctoral student Nicolás Loaiza-Díaz has been awarded a Generación del Bicentenario Francisco José de Caldas doctoral fellowship by the Colombian government agency Colciencias (Departamento Administrativo de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación). The five-year fellowship is administered by LASPAU (Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas). [12 August 2011]


Doctoral student Gregory Lattanzi has been awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to support his research project "The Value of Reciprocity: Copper, Exchange, and Social Interaction in the Middle Atlantic Region of the Eastern Woodlands." [11 August 2011]


Doctoral student Jesse West-Rosenthal has been awarded a Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) Military Studies Grant in support of his research project at Valley Forge. [9 August 2011]


Doctoral student Chelsea Voytek and co-authors have published the article "Selectively Willing and Conditionally Able: HIV Vaccine Trial Participation among Women at High Risk of HIV Infection" in the journal Vaccine. [28 July 2011]


Doctoral student Lou Farrell was interviewed on "Comcast Newsmakers" about his and his colleagues' archaeological work on a redware kiln site at the Henry Muhlenberg House in Trappe, Pennsylvania. [11 June 2011]


Alumna Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon has published the book Through Smiles and Tears: The History of African American Theater—From Kemet to the Americas (Lambert Academic Publishing). [20 September 2011]


Undergraduate anthropology major Camilo Ramirez has been chosen to receive the Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium's Summer Travel Award, which will support his field research on social class and tourism in Colombia. [8 May 2011]


Undergraduate anthropology major Sierra Gladfelter has been awarded a Udall Scholarship. [6 May 2011]


Doctoral student Brooke Bocast has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to support her field research in Uganda. [4 May 2011]


Alumnus Dr. Timothy Messner has published the book Acorns and Bitter Roots: Starch Grain Research in the Prehistoric Eastern Woodlands (University of Alabama Press, 2011). [27 April 2011]


Doctoral student Margaux Keller has been selected for an Intramural Research and Training Award through the Graduate Partnerships Program of the National Institutes of Health. She will spend a year working with alumnus Dr. Michael Nalls (Staff Scientist) in the National Institute on Aging's Laboratory of Neurogenetics. [25 April 2011]


Alumnus Dr. Glen Muschio is at work on a cell-phone-based multimedia tour of Philadelphia's history and culture. The project has attracted the support of various local and national organizations. [14 January 2011]


Faculty member Dr. Anthony Ranere and alumna Dr. Ruth Dickau (Leverhulme Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Exeter) have been awarded a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support their research project "The Role of the Middle Cauca River Valley, Colombia, in the Early Domestication and Dispersal of New World Crops." Also involved in the project are faculty member Dr. Patricia Hansell, doctoral student Nicolás Loaiza-Díaz, alumnus Carlos López (Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira), and former graduate student Martha Cano (Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira). [1 January 2011]


Doctoral student Christopher Barton has become Co-Editor of the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter. [16 December 2010]


Doctoral student Kevin Donaghy has been awarded a Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) Military Studies Grant in support of his ongoing research projects. [10 December 2010]


Alumnus Dr. Bill Schindler's research and teaching on prehistoric technology and hunted and foraged foods have been featured in articles in The Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Danish publication Weekendavisen, as well as on National Public Radio. [8 December 2010]


Undergraduate anthropology major Keith Marchiafava won the First Place Award for his exhibit "The Saga of Rayasinhji" at the 2010 Global Temple Conference. [3 December 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Inmaculada García Sánchez has been selected for a 2011-2012 Faculty Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). Her fellowship project is titled "Growing up Moroccan in Spain: Language and the Politics of Belonging and Difference." [24 November 2010]


Doctoral student Bretton Alvaré has published the article "'Babylon Makes the Rules': Compliance, Fear, and Self-Discipline in the Quest for Official NGO Status" in the Political and Legal Anthropology Review. [20 November 2010]


Undergraduate biology major Li Ching He has received a Temple University Undergraduate Research Incentive Fund (URIF) award for Fall 2011 to work with Dr. Christie Rockwell on a project titled "DNA Barcoding for Species Identification of Primate Biomaterials from the Cashinahua Collection." The Cashinahua are an indigenous people of the Amazonian region. The Department of Anthropology houses an ethnographic collection (circa 1965) of Cashinahua items, many of which incorporate plant and animal materials such as gourds, cotton, bird feathers, and monkey teeth and skins. Ms. He will extract DNA from the non-human primate remains in order to determine the species from which they originate. [2 November 2010]


Doctoral student Brooke Bocast has been awarded a Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant for her project "If books fail, try beauty": Gender, Consumption and Higher Education in Uganda. [27 October 2010]


Alumnus Dr. Sigurjón Hafsteinsson has published (with Marian Bredin) the co-edited volume Indigenous Screen Cultures in Canada (University of Manitoba Press, 2010). [20 October 2010]


Alumna Dr. Hoa Tran, who works in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, is featured in an interview published on the IIP Digital website. [22 September 2010]


Doctoral student Joe Blondino and colleagues' archaeological work in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania is featured in the Delaware County Daily Times. [16 August 2010]


Doctoral student Lou Farrell's archaeological work at the Henry Muhlenberg House in Trappe, Pennsylvania is featured in the Times Heraldof Norristown and Montgomery County. [25 July 2010]


Doctoral students Joe Blondino, Carin Boone, Katie Cavallo, and Jesse West-Rosenthal's archaeological work on the site of George Washington's headquarters at Valley Forge is featured in the Times Heraldof Norristown and Montgomery County and in the Philadelphia Daily News. [6 July 2010]


Alumna Dr. Dolores Piperno and her groundbreaking work on the earliest cultivation of maize are featured in Science magazine. [2 July 2010]


Faculty member Dr. David Orr has been awarded a grant from the McFeely-Rogers Foundation to support archaeological excavations at an American Revolutionary War encampment site dating from 1777-1778. The excavation is on the site of Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge. Temple students as well as volunteers from surrounding communities are involved in the project. [30 June 2010]


Faculty member Dr. David Orr, doctoral student Christopher Barton, undergraduate alumna Patricia Markert, and colleagues are getting attention in print, radio, and television news for their archaeological work on Timbuctoo, a nineteenth-century African-American community in Westampton, New Jersey. The project has been covered by the Burlington County Times; the Philadelphia Inquirer; the Philadelphia Daily News; "All Things Considered" on WHYY National Public Radio; WPVI Action News 6; CBS Philly Eyewitness News 3; and the Washington Post (in a front-page article). Temple's Office of University Communications has created a brief video about the project. [25 June 2010]


Doctoral student Lou Farrell, who is also a social studies teacher at Upper Perkiomen High School, was interviewed on "Comcast Newsmakers" about his and his colleagues' archaeological work at the Henry Muhlenberg House in Trappe, Pennsylvania. [23 June 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Kimberly Williams is a member of a team of researchers whose archaeological work in Oman is featured in Science magazine. [28 May 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Michael Stewart and doctoral student Jeremy Koch are featured in
"This Week in Pennsylvania Archaeology," which describes their work at the Nesquehoning site in Lehigh Gorge State Park. [28 May 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Anthony Ranere and alumna Dr. Dolores Piperno's collaborative research on the early domestication of maize is featured in a science article in The New York Times. [24 May 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Paul Garrett has been appointed as Associate Editor of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology for a three-year term, 2011-2013. The journal is the flagship publication of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. [15 May 2010]


Alumna Dr. Laura Scheinfeldt and two colleagues have published a colloquium paper in the
5 May 2010 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: "Working toward a Synthesis of Archaeological, Linguistic, and Genetic Data for Inferring African Population History," PNAS 107(Supplement 2):8931-8938. [5 May 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Kimberly Williams has been awarded a Temple University Faculty Senate Seed Money Grant in support of her project "Bioarchaeology of 3rd Millennium B.C. Tombs in Dhofar, Oman" in academic year 2010-2011. [4 May 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Kimberly Williams is featured in the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's news bulletin. [3 May 2010]

Doctoral student Marta Cuciurean-Zapan has been selected as the graduate summer intern for the Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE). The internship is supported by the Samuel S. Fels Fund, which provides funding for community service organizations in the Philadelphia area. At CARIE, she will develop and implement a needs assessment to inform the development of a new section of the CARIE Caregiver Cyberschool website, a decision-making resource for caregivers of elderly persons. [1 May 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Kimberly Williams has been selected by the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) to receive an Iris and Gene Rotberg Undergraduate Humanities Research Award for Fall 2010. The award provides funds to support her as well as an undergraduate research assistant in their work on "The Jiri Growth and Bone Strength Study." [28 April 2010]


Doctoral student Diane Garbow has been chosen by the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) as a Graduate Associate Fellow for academic year 2010-2011. [23 April 2010]


Faculty member Dr. Naomi Schiller has been chosen to receive the New York University Graduate School of Arts and Science Dean's Outstanding Dissertation Award for the social sciences. Her dissertation is titled "Don't watch television, make it!" Community Media, the State, and Popular Politics in Caracas, Venezuela. [21 April 2010]


Doctoral student Jessica Rowe's curated exhibit "Excavating Desire: Tastes and Tablewares in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia," hosted by the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT), is on display on the tenth floor of Gladfelter Hall from 5 April through 18 December 2010, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. [15 April 2010]


Two of our undergraduate anthropology majors, Travis Gerhardt and Layla Schade, are among the thirteen students selected for the inaugural cohort of the ProRanger Philadelphia program. This new program, a partnership between Temple University and the National Park Service, provides a paid summer internship in a national park, professional training, and a guaranteed job as a National Park Service ranger upon graduation. [5 April 2010]


Alumna Dr. Sandhya Ganapathy has been awarded a 2010-2011 University of Wisconsin System Fellowship by the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. [19 March 2010]


Ethnographic Terminalia, the anthropologically informed group exhibition to which doctoral student Anabelle Rodriguez, alumna Stephanie Takaragawa, and faculty member Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala contributed (see three items below), has been selected to be the focus of a roundtable discussion at "The Task of the Curator: Translation, Intervention, and Innovation in Exhibitionary Practice." The conference is scheduled for 14 May 2010 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. [11 February 2010]


Alumnus Dr. Bill Schindler is featured in the Winter 2009 issue of Washington College Magazine. [21 January 2010]


Doctoral student Hülya Hamide Sakarya, in collaboration with Maia Kutateli, has curated an exhibition titled "Holiday Moments: Photographic Essays on the City of Tbilisi." On display at the Georgian National Museum's Ioseb Grishashvili Tbilisi History Museum during the month of January, the exhibition features photographic essays and installations by students of Tbilisi State University. [8 January 2010]


During the month of December 2009, The Ice Box at Crane Arts was the site of an innovative, anthropologically informed group exhibition titled Ethnographic Terminalia. Doctoral student Anabelle Rodriguez was one of the three curators, alumna Stephanie Takaragawa was one of the two organizers, and faculty member Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala was among the artists whose work was featured. [December 2009]


Alumna Dr. Athena McLean has received the Society for Medical Anthropology's New Millennium Book Award for The Person in Dementia: A Study of Nursing Home Care in the US (University of Toronto Press, 2006). The award "recognizes an author whose work is judged to be the most significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology in recent years." [9 December 2009]


Faculty member Dr. Gordon Gray has published his book Cinema: A Visual Anthropology (Berg, 2010). The book is part of the series Key Texts in the Anthropology of Visual and Material Culture (Series Editor: Marcus Banks). [December 2009]


Alumna Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon's play SHOT! has been selected for the highly competitive Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 2010. [7 December 2009]


Professor Emeritus Dr. Richard Chalfen has received the Society for Visual Anthropology's Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor is conferred upon individuals whose work is "recognized for its exemplary impact on the field of anthropology." [4 December 2009]


Faculty member Dr. Naomi Schiller has been selected for a 2010-2011 Faculty Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). Her fellowship project is titled "Spectacular Venezuela: Community Media, the State and Popular Politics." [11 November 2009]


Doctoral student Stas Shectman is the author of a chapter in a recently published volume. "A Celebration of Masterstvo: Professional Cooking, Culinary Art, and the Production of Culture in Russia" appears in Melissa Caldwell (ed.), Food and Everyday Life in the Postsocialist World (Indiana University Press, 2009). [4 November 2009]


Undergraduate anthropology major Sierra Gladfelter and faculty mentor Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala have been awarded funding from Temple's Creative Arts, Research and Scholarship (CARAS) program in support of the project "A Culture of Tourism: The Relationship between Tourists and Natives in Cusco, Peru." This research and ethnographic film project will document the impacts, both positive and negative, that tourism has on the lives of native Peruvians. [2 November 2009]


Professor Emeritus Dr. Jonathan Friedlaender, in collaboration with historian of science Joanna Radin (University of Pennsylvania), has published the book From Anthropometry to Genomics: Reflections of a Pacific Fieldworker (iUniverse, 2009). [November 2009]


Faculty member Dr. Inmaculada García Sánchez has received the Council on Anthropology and Education's Outstanding Dissertation Award. Her 2009 dissertation from the University of California, Los Angeles is titled Moroccan Immigrant Children in a Time of Surveillance: Navigating Sameness and Difference in Contemporary Spain. According to the award committee, the dissertation "represents excellence in educational ethnographic scholarship on a topic of great significance to the field." [23 October 2009]


Doctoral student Shu-Fan Wen has been awarded a Dissertation Fellowship for Republic of China Students Abroad from Taiwan's Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. The fellowship will support her project "Chinese Medical Research Professionals in the Western Suburban Metropolitan Philadelphia Area and their Return Migration to China: Transnational Citizenships in an Era of Globalization." [15 October 2009]


"Trying to unearth a piece of Timbuctoo history," an article in the Burlington County Times, features the work of faculty member Dr. David Orr and doctoral student Christopher Barton. [4 October 2009]


Faculty member Dr. Paul Garrett's proposal for a new Study Group has been selected for support by the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT). The theme is "Social and Cultural Dynamics of Language Contact: Humanistic Perspectives on Communication across Group Boundaries." This interdisciplinary project, which has both intellectual and programmatic goals, brings together the department’s linguistic anthropologists as well as faculty members from several other departments in three of Temple’s colleges. [2 October 2009]


The
Last Rites of the Honourable Mr. Rai, an ethnographic video by faculty member Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala and students Alethea Carbaugh and Lauren Semmel, has been selected for the "International Competition" category of the Astra Film Festival, an international documentary film festival. [31 July 2009]


Faculty member Dr. Raquel Romberg has published her second book: Healing Dramas: Divination and Magic in Modern Puerto Rico (University of Texas Press, 2009). [June 2009]


Doctoral student Brendan Tuttle has been awarded a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from
the Wenner-Gren Foundation for his project "Lives Apart: Diasporan Return, Youth,
and Intergenerational Transformation in South Sudan
." [1 June 2009]


Doctoral student Beth Uzwiak has been awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in support of her project "Mediating Violence: 'Witnessing Publics,' Nationalism, Gender, and the Ethics of Human Rights Claim-Making in Belize." [6 April 2009]


Faculty member Dr. Anthony Ranere and four colleagues, including alumnae Dr. Dolores Piperno and Dr. Ruth Dickau, have published two important articles in the 31 March 2009 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America: "The Cultural and Chronological Context of Early Holocene Maize and Squash Domestication in the Central Balsas River Valley, Mexico," PNAS 106(13):5014-5018; and "Starch Grain and Phytolith Evidence for Early Ninth Millennium B.P. Maize from the Central Balsas River Valley, Mexico," PNAS 106(13):5019-5024. [April 2009]


Doctoral student Bretton Alvaré has published the chapter "Fighting for 'Livity': Rastafari Politics in a Neoliberal State" in the edited volume Bridging the Gaps: Faith-Based Organizations, Neoliberalism, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (Lexington Books, 2009). [March 2009]


Alumnus Dr. Timothy Messner is the 2009 recipient of the Society for American Archaeology's annual Dissertation Award. His dissertation is titled Woodland Period People and Plant Interactions: New Insights from Starch Grain Analysis. [16 February 2009]


Doctoral student Tatiana Zelenetskaya Young has published the chapter "Hierarchical Structure of the Settlement Pattern in the Ejido of Sacalaca, Quintana Roo" in the edited volume Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations: Ancient and Medieval Cultures (KomKniga, 2008). [26 October 2008]


Doctoral student Elizabeth Rowe has been awarded a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant by the Wenner-Gren Foundation in support of her project "The Role of the Progesterone Receptor in the Menstrual Cycle." [21 October 2008]


Faculty member Dr. Heather Levi has published her book The World of Lucha Libre: Secrets, Revelations, and Mexican National Identity (Duke University Press, 2008). The book has been the subject of favorable reviews in the Latin American Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, and the Stranger. [12 October 2008]



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