MIT Anthropology News & Events

Heather Paxson

Heather Paxson named a 2014 MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor of Anthropology Heather Paxson has been named a 2014 MacVicar Faculty Fellow. More

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Manduhai Buyandelger receives Levitan Prize in the Humanities

Associate Professor of Anthropology Manduhai Buyandelger has been awarded the James A. (1945) and Ruth Levitan Prize in the Humanities, a $25,000 research grant that will support her in-depth ethnographic study of parliamentary elections in Mongolia, with specific emphasis on the experience of female candidates. More

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Amberly Steward featured in Boston Globe

MIT Anthropology's Administrative Officer, Amberly Steward, was featured in a photo essay in the Boston Globe on the lunch break habits of working people in the Boston area. More

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Heather Paxson wins 2013 Diana Forsythe Prize for The Life of Cheese

The Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) and the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC), announce Professor Heather Paxson as the winner of the 2013 Diana Forsythe Prize for her book, The Life of Cheese. More

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Heather Paxson interviewed on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams

Professor Heather Paxson was interviewed by NBC's Willie Geist for a segment on artisanal food for NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams. More

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Erica James Wins 2013 Gordon K. and Sybille Lewis Award for Democratic Insecurities

Professor Erica James's book, Democratic Insecurities: Violence, Trauma, and Intervention in Haiti, has won the 2013 Gordon K. and Sybille Lewis Award from the Carribean Studies Association. More

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MIT music documentary pays tribute to the Arab Spring

The PBS affiliate WGBH Boston/Channel 2 will air the MIT music documentary "Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring through Music" on Friday, May 31 at 10:30pm. The documentary was directed by MIT Anthropology lecturer Chris Boebel and is the first work that MIT Video Productions has produced specifically for broadcast television. More

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Iris Sheu wins 2013 Howe Prize

MIT Anthropology is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2013 James Howe Prize is Iris Sheu for her paper entitled "Patient Barriers to Mental Health Care for the Cambodian Population in Lowell, MA." More

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Graham Jones wins Edgerton Award

Professor Graham Jones receives the 2013 MIT Edgerton Award for exceptional distinction in teaching and research. More

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An MIT anthropology professor writes about artisan cheese

Professor Heather Paxson was interviewed by Boston Globe correspondent Jane Dornbusch for a feature article on her latest book, The Life of Cheese. More

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Why are Japanese cartoons a global hit?

Professor Ian Condry's new book heralds 'creative collaboration' with the masses as the key to anime's worldwide popularity. More

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Hard times in Chicago

Professor Christine Walley's new book recounts the painful aftermath when steel plants suddenly closed in the American heartland. More

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Cheese Cultures

Professor Heather Paxson's new book, The Life of Cheese, is reviewed in Scientific American. More

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Bridging the Generation Gap, One Meal at a Time

Professor Heather Paxson was interviewed by journalist Amy Chozick for a New York Times article about the importance of food and meals in family relationships. More

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Looking inside the growing world of do-it-yourself American cheese-makers

Professor Heather Paxson's new book The Life of Cheese, delves into the ethos, methods, of politics of artisanal cheese-making. At a time when the ethics of food is an important issue for many Americans, the work offers a unique glimpse of people who have taken food-making into their own hands. More

Stefan Helmreich

Stefan Helmreich wins Rachel Carson Prize for Alien Ocean

Professor Stefan Helmreich's book Alien Ocean, Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas, has won the 2012 Rachel Carson Book Prize, given by the Society for the Social Study of Science to recognize a book-length work of special social or political relevance in the area of science and technology studies. More

Susan Silbey

Susan Silbey honored for lab safety research

Professor Susan S. Silbey, head of MIT's Anthropology Program, has received the 2012 W. Richard Scott Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the American Sociological Association (ASA) for her "outstanding contribution to the discipline." More

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Gender, Technology & Development Workshop — October 26, 2012

MIT Anthropology, along with Women's and Gender Studies, D-Lab, and STS, is sponsoring a day-long workshop at MIT on Gender, Technology & Development on October 26, 2012 in building N51, 3rd floor, from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. The workshop aims to engage cross-disciplinary dialogue among anthropologists, economists, engineers, and students interested in issues relating to gender, international development, and technology design and transfer. Anthropology faculty Heather Paxson and Chris Walley will serve as discussants. Register now at

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Exit 0 Project website launches

Associate Professor Christine Walley's and Chris Boebel's Exit 0 Project seeks to recapture the stories of a region traumatized by de-industrialization, and to look towards a future of economic opportunity and environmental justice for Southeast Chicago residents. More

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Interview with Christine Walley and Chris Boebel

Associate Professor Christine Walley and Chris Boebel are documentary filmmakers and advisors to the Open Documentary Lab @ MIT. They are currently collaborating on Exit Zero, a documentary about one family's experience of deindustrialization in southeast Chicago. More

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Walley receives LEF Foundation Award

Associate Professor Christine Walley and Chris Boebel receive an award from the LEF Foundation for their documentary project, Exit 0. More

Graham Jones

Jones wins 2012 Levitan Teaching Prize

Assistant Professor Graham Jones was among the recipients of the 2012 James A. and Ruth Levitan Awards for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. More

Susan Silbey

Silbey receives award for research on forging safety in science labs

Susan S. Silbey, head of MIT Anthropology, and Ruthanne Huising PhD '08 have been awarded the 2011 best publication prize from Regulation & Governance for their article, "Governing the Gap: Forging Safe Science Through Relational Regulation." More

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Materials from Sensing the Unseen seminar to be published

Sensate, a peer-reviewed, open access online academic journal, will be publishing materials from the Sensing the Unseen seminar, a year-long series of talks organized by Professors Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson in 2010-2011. To find out more about the Sensing the Unseen seminar and hear podcasts of the presentations, please click here. More

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Helmreich and Paxson teach anthropology during Semester at Sea

Professors Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson are spending the Spring 2012 semester traveling and teaching with Semester at Sea, a global education program sponsored by the University of Virginia that offers undergraduates the opportunity to explore different regions and cultures all over the world. More

Erica Caple James

James receives $25,000 Levitan Prize in the Humanities

Deborah K. Fitzgerald, the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, has announced that Erica Caple James, associate professor of anthropology, has received the James A. ('45) and Ruth Levitan Prize in the Humanities. The $25,000 prize is awarded annually as a research fund to support innovative and creative scholarship in the humanities. More

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