Fall 2018 Newsletter

The Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine is at the forefront of innovation in anthropological research. It has become recognized as one of the top anthropology programs for graduate work in the United States.

Upcoming Events

Stay connected with upcoming exciting events!

Annual joint AAA party on Friday, November 16!

Recent Events

University of California, Irvine Anthropology Alumni @ the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in Sydney, Australia August 29th - September 1st, 2018
UCI PhD alums at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science in Sydney, August 2018. The group includes Anthro Phds Andrea Ballestero,  Alexandra Lipman and Allison Fish, with Kate Henne, UCI CLS Phd.  They are gathered at a special exhibit that showcased how STS research and teaching has developed in different places.  Current UCI Anthro PhD students James Adams and Maggie Woodruff developed an exhibit focused on STS in UCI Anthropology. See the UCI Anthro STS digital exhibit
Faculty Updates
Lilith Mahmud to represent UCI in the 2019 UC Women's Initative for Professional Development.
Angela Jenks named a Provot's Teaching Fellow during the 2018-19 academic year
Valerie Olsons released her new book, "Into the Extreme: U.S. Environmental Systems and Politics Beyond Earth," the first book-length, in-depth ethnography of U.S. human spaceflight.
Emerti Professor Karen Leonard and South Asian studies activity
Anthropology Professor Roxanne Varzi to do a reading of her new play about politics, philosophy, and Iran, Splinters of a Careless Alphabet at AAA featuring Anthropology graduate students as readers
Anthropology Professor Victoria Bernal has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the University of Leuven and is currently working and conducting research in Belgium

Anthropology professor Sherine Hamdy delivered the keynote lecture at the Ninth Arab Week in Mexico Cultural Program in Mexico City, October 2018

A divided family (NYT podcast): UCI anthropology professor Sylvia Nam tells her family's story of separation caused by the Korean War
Activist anthropologist: UCI graduate student Elizabeth Clark Rubio widens the picture of undocumented immigrants
Alumni Updates
UCI Anthropology Alumni Spotlights
Recent publications by UCI Anthropology alumni, Summer 2018

UCI anthropology Ph.D. alumna receives the 2018 Leeds Prize for Urban Anthropology

UCI Anthropology Ph.D. Alumni Publications
New People
New Faculty Feature: Lilith Mahmud
New faculty feature: Justin Richland

New President's Postdoctoral Fellows

            S.A Smthye                                                       Hector Beltran

Meet Anthro visiting researchers 2018-19


Meet the 2018-19 anthropology Ph.D. graduate cohort

New Projects
UCI Anthro PhD students are working on a diverse array of projects and have been very successful securing funding to support these projects.  See abstracts for proposals submitted to NSF summer 2018
Kristin Peterson and Ann Wilkinson.  Peterson is Wilkison's dissertation advisor for a project that explores the "the logics, appeal, and practices of emergent transnational right-wing movements through a contextualized, ethnographic analysis with those who shape one of its most rapidly growing sectors: Mexican "pro-family" advocates."
UCI's Center for Ethnography's  2018-2019 annual program, Visualization in Ethnography, will involve a thematic seminar: Visualization Across Disciplines, a design project: Visualizing Toxic Subjects, and a Field Works project: Soiled Grounds 
Bill Maurer selected as Filene emerging technology research fellow
Technology designed with disability in mind
New Classes
Student debt approaches $1.5 trillion while the US national debt climbs to $22 trillion. How has such fantastical indebtedness shaped culture, identity and social practice across the globe and through time? This course examines how debt becomes entangled with all manner of cultural phenomena: slavery, hierarchy, consumption, markets, ritual practice, racism, gender and, of course, education.

This course explores how pollution, climate change, and other environmental problems impact people around the world and worsen social inequalities.  Students learn about different cases of environmental injustice in the United States, India, Taiwan, and Canada, and about how people (including scientists and engineers) have become environmental activists to find and advocate for solutions. Environmental Injustice

Exposes students to diverse methods, both traditional and experimental, used in anthropological ethnographic research. Students gain experience practicing diverse methods, and learn to select methods appropriate to particular study designs and contexts.

In the News

An 'invasion of illegal aliens': The oldest immigration fear-mongering metaphor in America. Leo Chavez via The Washington Post, Nov. 2, 2018

California's Asian community is eager to get the vote out. Bill Maurer via CGTN America, Oct. 31, 2018 (Video)

Trump's birthright citizenship stunt panders to zealots like alleged Pittsburgh shooter Robert Bowers. Leo Chavez via Daily Beast, Oct. 30, 2018

Virtual world provides a real-life haven for the disabled. Tom Boellstorff via the Daily Pilot, Oct 3, 2018
Illegal vs undocumented: The heated divide over how we talk about immigration. Leo Chavez via, July 1, 2018

Coinbase survey shows 18% of U.S. students now own cryptocurrency. Bill Maurer via Coindesk, Aug. 28, 2018

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