News Archive

News Archive

Work Of The Future | 3Q: Christine Walley on the evolving perception of robots in the US

MIT News | MIT Task Force On Work of the Future

November 23, 2020

Christine J. Walley, professor of anthropology at MIT and member of the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future, explores how robots have often been a symbol for anxiety about artificial intelligence and automation. Walley provides a unique perspective in the recent research brief “Robots as Symbols and Anxiety Over Work Loss.”

MIT Anthropology Speaks Out — and Teaches — against Racism

MIT Anthropology

August 25, 2020

In the midst of Covid-19’s unfolding and unequal death tolls and of ongoing police, state, and everyday violence against Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous communities in the United States and elsewhere, we in MIT Anthropology stand against racist white supremacy, believing, with anthropologist Leith Mullings, that "anthropology is uniquely positioned to make a decisive contribution to the critical interrogation of contemporary racism...


The Meaning of Masks: Masks can reveal new possibilities

MIT SHASS, photo credit: Lauren Bonilla

August 7, 2020

"In shamanic rituals and in computer-mediated virtual reality, a mask conceals one identity to reveal new possibilities. Seen in this light, virus protection masks offer an opportunity to replace a visage of fear with a public expression of strength as a community."

Manduhai Buyandelger, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Teaching With Digital Technology Award winners recognized for their innovations

MIT Open Learning

August 3, 2020

Graham Jones and Stefan Helmreich are two of the thirty-one MIT instructors awarded.

The Meaning of Masks: Masks As Transformation

MIT SHASS, artwork by Jose-Luis Oliveras

July 3, 2020

The mask is one of the most important human artifacts in all of anthropology. It is a tool of transformation that allows its wearers to transcend themselves, taking on timeless roles in ritual dramas. Repositories of power, masks are sacred objects, crafted with ingenuity.

Associate Professor Amah Edoh receives Baker Award for undergraduate teaching

MIT News

June 3, 2020

Amah Edoh, associate professor in anthropology, has received the Everett Moore Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Post-doctoral Fellow Héctor Beltrán is interviewed for Data & Society's series, "#unsettle: Strategies for Decolonizing Tech Research"

Rigoberto Lara Guzmán and Natalie Kerby with Héctor Beltrán | Data & Society: Points

December 20, 2019

Post-doctoral Fellow Héctor Beltrán is interviewed for Data and Society's series, "#unsettle: Strategies for Decolonizing Tech Research".

Associate Professor Amy Moran-Thomas receives a Ruth A. and James Levitan Prize

December 20, 2019

Associate Professor Amy Moran-Thomas is the recipient of a 2020 James A. and Ruth Levitan Prize. The prize is awarded to instructors in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research.

Associate Professor Amy Moran-Thomas featured on MIT News

December 20, 2019

Associate Professor Amy Moran-Thomas' research is featured on MIT News. Her research on the global diabetes epidemic is the focus of her new book, Traveling with Sugar (Univ. of CA Press).

Graham Jones' new class, "Paranormal Machines" is featured on MIT News and SHASS News

November 4, 2019

Associate Professor Graham Jones and Seth Riskin, Manager of the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery, are offering a new class, Paranormal Machines: Technologies of Enchantment in Science, Art, and Culture. The class "explores the human experience of the disconcerting and the uncanny in relation to technology" and how "people and cultures build stories and beliefs around out-of-the-ordinary experiences".

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.