News Archive

News Archive

Professor Heather Paxson is interviewed for the series, "Computing and AI: Humanistic Perspectives from MIT"

September 26, 2019

Professor Heather Paxson shares her thoughts on why anthropological methods are "uniquely suited for studying the effects of automation and digital technologies in social life".

Class of 2019 Anthropology major, Ankita Reddy, works on globally deployed diagnostic devices

June 11, 2019

Ankita Reddy, a graduating double major in Anthropology and Biology, will begin her post-graduation life as a researcher at the start-up E25Bio continuing the work on a globally deployed diagnostic device for mosquito-borne illnesses that she worked on as an undergraduate.

HASTS (History, Anthropology, Science, Technology & Society) Graduate Student Steven Gonzalez Researches the Cloud

June 7, 2019

HASTS graduate student Steven Gonzales uses his anthropological training to research cloud computing and communities.

Professor Susan Silbey is awarded the James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award

May 20, 2019

Professor Susan Silbey is awarded MIT's highest faculty honor

Heather Paxson spearheads historic meeting on moving Anthropology journals to an Open Access model

May 7, 2019

Professor Heather Paxson gathers stakeholders across the field of anthropology for a historic meeting to pilot a project for moving scholarly journals to Open Access.

Associate Professor Graham Jones has been named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow

March 6, 2019

Associate Professor Graham Jones has been recognized for his excellence in undergraduate teaching by being named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT's highest honor in undergraduate teaching.

Professor Susan Silbey Opens the Celebration of MIT's New Schwarzman College of Computing

March 6, 2019

Professor Susan Silbey in her role as Chair of the Faculty at MIT gave the opening remarks at the recent celebration for the opening of the new Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing.

Perspectives on the Societal Impact of Computing and AI

February 27, 2019

At the invitation of SHASS Dean Melissa Nobles, Professors Susan Silbey, Heather Paxson, and Stefan Helmreich were asked to offer their perspectives on the "societal and ethical dimensions of emerging technologies".

Professor Christine Walley on "Work, Stories, and American Identity"

October 25, 2018

As part of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Science's (SHASS) initiative on 21st Century Citizenship, several SHASS faculty have been asked to write about their research based perspectives for a series - Election Insights 2018. Professor Christine Walley writes on "Work, Stories, and American Identity".

Anthropology awarded grant from the MIT-SenseTime Alliance

September 18, 2018

The MIT-SenseTime Alliance awarded a grant to Anthropology for a project headed up by Professor Heather Paxson. The project hopes to prototype a search tool, "Relata", which will use machine-readable metadata looking for relations among literatures, authors, and publications in anthropology. The tool will be launched on the Society for Cultural Anthropology's website.

Associate Professor Graham Jones' book given an Honorable Mention

July 2, 2018

Associate Professor Graham Jones' latest book, Magic's Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy, was given an Honorable Mention by the 2016-17 Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cutural Studies committee.

Professor Stefan Helmreich is selected to be a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute

May 10, 2018

Professor Stefan Helmreich has been selected as 2018-2019 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. He will be working on his current manuscript which is an "ethnographic account of how scientists measure, model, and monitor ocean waves in an era of climate change".

Professor Stefan Helmreich is awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship

May 10, 2018

Professor Stefan Helmreich joins a diverse group of scholars, scientists, and artists who have been acknowledged for their prior achievements and exceptional promise.

Professor Christine Walley to Serve on the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future

February 28, 2018

Professor Christine Walley has agreed to serve on the newly launched Task Force on the Future of Work which is comprised of faculty and researchers across the Institute. The mission of the Task Force is to address questions on what emerging technologies will mean for the future of work and what is the relationship between technology, work and society.

Professor Stefan Helmreich's latest fieldwork takes place on the FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) ship

February 14, 2018

Professor Stefan Helmreich's research takes him aboard the FLIP (Floating Instrument Platform) ship to interview oceanographic scientists about contemporary wave science.

Spotlight on Professor Graham Jones and "Magical Realism"

September 26, 2017

MIT News did a profile on Associate Professor Graham Jones and his views on magic as a microcosm for culture.

Professor Heather Paxson wins a "Commitment to Caring Award"

June 2, 2017

Professor Heather Paxson has been recognized for her community building and support of graduate students and has received a "Commitment to Caring" award from the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education.

And the 2017 James Beard Award for Reference and Scholarship goes to...

May 3, 2017

The Oxford Companion to Cheese, published in 2016, was chosen to receive the 2017 James Beard Award for Reference and Scholarship, the highest award in the food publishing world. Professor Heather Paxson served as an Area Editor for the volume which consists of 855 encyclopedic entries on all aspects of cheese. In addition to Professor Paxson, Professors Stefan Helmreich and Graham Jones also contributed entries for the volume -

Alien Ocean wins the 2017 J.I. Staley Prize from the School for Advanced Research (SAR)

March 28, 2017

Professor Stefan Helmreich's 2009 book, Alien Ocean: Anthropological Voyages in Microbial Seas, has been named the winner of the 2017 J.I. Staley Prize from the School of Advanced Research (SAR). The J.I. Staley Prize recognizes "innovative works that go beyond traditional frontiers and dominant schools of thought in anthropology" and which "add new dimensions to our understanding of the human species".

Screening of Professor Christine Walley's film, Exit Zero, launches the new Mens et Manus America initiative

March 10, 2017

The screening and discussion of Professor Christine Walley's documentary on deindustrialization in the U.S. was the launch event for MIT's new initiative - Mens et Manus America - which will focus on political, social, and economic issues.