Principal Chief of Osage Nation speaks on tribe sovereignty
Dec. 2, 2022

On Tuesday, November 29, the Department of Anthropology hosted a wonderful talk by Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear of Osage Nation. Principal Chief Standing Bear discussed his experience of navigating federal laws and relationships. Conversations were directed by graduate students Noah Collins (Cherokee Nation/White Mountain Apache Tribe…

Nikhil Pandhi wins inaugural PEN Presents award from English PEN
Nov. 28, 2022

Doctoral Candidate, Nikhil Pandhi, recently received the inaugural PEN Presents award for translation, by English PEN, the founding centre of PEN International, a worldwide writers’ association with 145 centres in more than 100 countries…

Yanping Ni: Making Waste Visible in Qinghai
Nov. 22, 2022

Graduate student Yanping Ni has recently written an article for Anthropology News titled, "Making Waste Visible in Qinghai: A heavy metal band seeks to counter state imagery and bring issues of waste management and pollution to the general public." Ni's article explores the…

Agustín Fuentes publishes op-ed in The Daily Princetonian on Affirmative Action
Nov. 14, 2022

Professor Agustín Fuentes published an op-ed in The Daily Princetonian, “Affirmative Action Offered me and so many others the opportunity to succeed. It needs to stay.” Fuentes writes about how Affirmative Action gave him the opportunity to learn and excel at a top university. Fuentes goes on to state, “Affirmative action is needed until…

Princeton Food Project brings together farmers, chefs, scholars, artists, activists
Nov. 10, 2022

A fall 2019 conversation over a buffet of recipes drawn from Frances Moore Lappé’s groundbreaking 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet germinated over the years since into an interdisciplinary collective, the Princeton Food Project, a Humanities Council Magic Grant for Innovation, which on Nov. 16 presents its first Farmer-to-Table conversation.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins'06 - playwight extraordinaire - back to campus
Nov. 9, 2022

On October 27, the Department of Anthropology hosted a fabulous and refreshing discussion with playwright extraordinaire and alumnus Branden Jacobs-Jenkins ’06. The discussion was led by Dean Jill Dolan, Dean of the College, Annan Professor in English and Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts, and by…

Representing Foreignness: Encounters in the Sino-Russian Borderlands.
Nov. 8, 2022

On November 7th, Karolina Koziol defended her fascinating dissertation “Representing Foreignness: Encounters in the Sino-Russian Borderlands.”

Koziol’s research examines concepts of foreignness as they are lived, experienced, and reproduced in the contact zone in the borderlands of two empires. It is based on 14…

Golden Goa: An Ethnography of an Unsettled Place
Nov. 3, 2022

On November 2nd, Jesse Rumsey-Merlan defended his thought-provoking dissertation “Golden Goa: An Ethnography of an Unsettled Place.” Jesse’s research explored the migrant and migratory culture that has emerged in the small Indian state of Goa since Independence in 1961.

Rumsey-Merlan’s dissertation committee included…

Healing Justice: Environmental Defenders and a Thriving Amazonia
Nov. 1, 2022

On October 25th, Lindsay Ofrias defended her powerful dissertation “Healing Justice: Environmental Defenders and a Thriving Amazonia”. Ofrias investigated the political economy of contamination and people’s struggles for biocultural survival in the oil frontier of Amazonian Ecuador. 



Indigenizing Academia
Oct. 31, 2022

by Noah Collins

On October 10th, the Anthropology Department hosted a wonderful and thought-provoking discussion about “Indigenizing Academia.” Keynote speaker Dr. Corey Still (United Keetoowah Band), Vice…