Two New Faculty Members

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018

Laurence Ralph, joins the faculty as professor from Harvard University where he was the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences since 2011. Ralph completed his B.A. at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he majored in history, technology, and society. He earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. His work examines the nexus of critical medical and political anthropology, African American studies, and the emerging scholarship on disability. Dr. Ralph is the author of Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Ralph’s latest book, Torture Trees: Police Violence from Chicago to the War on Terror, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

Beginning January 2019 Ralph will serve as Current Anthropology’s next editor. He has served on the editorial boards of American Anthropologist and Transitions and as a reviewer for many of the major journals and presses in anthropology and related fields. Click to read more about Laurence Ralph.

Ryo Morimoto joind the faculty as assistant professor, following his postdoctoral fellowship in the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, where he also served as the project manager of the Japan Disaster Digital Archive (jdarchive.org). Morimoto completed his B.A. at the University of Colorado and his Ph.D. at Brandeis University. He studies anthropology and disaster, culture and sudden change, memory and material objects, and the selective remembrance of the nuclear in Japan. Morimoto is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled The Nuclear Ghost: Atomic Livelihood in Fukushima’s Gray Zone. Click to read more about Ryo Morimoto.