The University's lack of resources for Indigenous students
Oct. 7, 2020

Hannah Reynolds ’22 published an op-ed in the Daily Princetonian concerning the lack of resources for Indigenous students at Princeton. The article, Nuclear Princeton: Indigenous scholarship and representation in an institution ‘not designed’ for Native students, points out how the lack of discourse around anti-Native racism at the University…

Laurence Ralph's "The Torture Letters" has been selected by American Film Institute FEST
Oct. 6, 2020

Laurence Ralph's The Torture Letters will showcase as part of “Meet the Press Film Festival at American Film Institute FEST” (October 15–22). A partnership with NBC’s Meet the Press, this showcase of short documentaries features a wide range of compelling stories, and highlights some of the most pressing issues facing…

Listening as a Radical Act
Oct. 5, 2020

The following video is from a conference in November 2012 in India titled: “Engaged Anthropology: The Ethics and Politics of Collaborations in the Field." Funded by Center for International Teaching and Research.

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Listening as a Radical Act Film


Welcome new graduate students and faculty
Sept. 9, 2020

The Department welcomes four new graduate students, three new faculty members, a lecturer and a postdoctoral fellow.

Check out our Fall Newsletter here! The Department of Anthropology Newsletter 2020.

ANIMATING THE TORTURE LETTERS: The Scars of Being Policed While Black
Sept. 8, 2020

Friday, September 11, 2020, New York University's Center for Media, Culture and History will host a virtual screening and discussion of Laurence Ralph's The Torture Letters (12:50 mins, New York Times Op-Doc). The film is based off of Ralph's book The Torture…

Fuentes wins ISSR Book Prize
Sept. 4, 2020

Congratulations to Agustín Fuentes, winner of the ISSR (Inaugural International Society for Science and Religion) Book Prize in the Field of Science and Religion in the ‘popular’ category. Fuentes’ book Why We Believe: Evolution and the Human Way of Being (Yale University Press) gives a clear account of how our capacity for belief has…

Carceral Pandemic Politics and Epidemiological Elites in Ecuador
Sept. 2, 2020

Ph.D. alumnus, Chris Garces '09, recently published an article in the NACLA Report's coronavirus issue (Fall 2020, VOL. 52, NO. 3). Garces' article talks about the overburdened hospitals and the inability to bury the dead in Ecuador. He also describes how the "global public health broadly reflects underlying conditions that are historical and…

Article by Professor Carolyn Rouse in Anthropology Now
Aug. 25, 2020

Professor Carolyn Rouse recently published an article in Anthropology Now called “It’s All Free Speech Until Someone Dies in a Pandemic.” In the article, Rouse focuses on white Americans’ eagerness to accept alternative truths in the name of alleged free speech. Rouse argues that “the celebration of absolutist free speech — despite a…

Laurence Ralph's film THE TORTURE LETTERS debuts in NYT
June 30, 2020

Laurence Ralph, author of The Torture Letters, debuted his animated film, THE TORTURE LETTERS, as part of the New York Times’ Opinion Documentary Series.

Ralph depicts his own experiences with racial profiling as a teenager and what it means to be…

Tyler Adkins wins 2020 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
June 30, 2020

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Tyler Benjamin Adkins, winner of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2020. Title of his dissertation is The Life of Forms and Forms of Life in Post-Soviet Siberia.

This project ethnographically examines the temporalities and materialities of forms of life in Russia’s Altai…