News Archive

News Archive

The Exit Zero Project

May 1, 2015

Associate Professor Christine Walley’s Exit Zero Project uses family stories told across multiple generations to explore the lasting social and environmental impacts of deindustrialization in the former steel mill communities of Southeast Chicago.

Tragic Spirits makes the Shortlists ICAS Book Prize 2015 (IBP 2015)

March 15, 2015

Associate Professor Manduhai Buyandelger's book, Tragic Spirits, is on the Shortlists ICAS Book Prize 2015. The International Convention of Asia Scholars has announced the 6 shortlisted books in the social sciences for its biennial award.

Chronic Life

March 1, 2015

If the global diabetes epidemic now kills more than twice as many people as HIV/AIDS, then why do we still understand so little about what it’s actually like to live with it? Institutional numbers charting this worldwide epidemic’s human costs range wildly, variously approximating somewhere between one million and four million annual mortalities from diabetes. This leaves the concerning statistical specter of some three million lives and deaths each year that are estimated by some, disputed by others, and frequently unrecorded by anyone.

Manduhai Buyandelger's book, Tragic Spirits, wins 2014 Hsu Book Prize

December 18, 2014

Associate Professor Manduhai Buyandelger has been awarded the 2014 Hsu Prize from the Society of East Asian Anthropology for her book Tragic Spirits.

Jean Jackson Retires after 42 Years at MIT

December 17, 2014

Professor Jean Jackson who has served as former Program Head and was one of the earliest members of our newly formed Program in 1972, has retired after 42 years of teaching and service to MIT.

Erica James leads new initiative on Global Health and Medical Humanities

November 15, 2014

Associate Professor Erica James, Director of the new Global Health and Medical Humanities Initiative, hopes to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration on heatlh matters across MIT's five schools.

Stefan Helmreich delivers the 2014 Henry Lewis Morgan Lecture

October 14, 2014

Elting E. Morison Professor Stefan Helmreich delivered the 2014 Henry Lewis Morgan Lecture at the University of Rochester. Professor Helmreich spoke on "Waves: An Anthropology of Scientific Things.

Traditional Japenese Tea Ceremony Performed in Professor Graham Jones' class 21A.150

October 9, 2014

The Japanese Tea Ceremony has been kept alive by three family lineages dating back to the 16th century. This fall, Kyoko Wada, an instructor in the Urasenke lineage, gave students an initital lesson in the ancient ritual as part of the subject of 21A.150, "Teaching and Learning: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. The class explores the ways that different cultures organize practices of teaching and learning. Wada explained that mastering the tea ceremony takes a lifetime.

Anthropology Concentrator Featured on MIT Homepage

September 25, 2014

Sofia Essayan-Perez credits her anthropology coursework as one of the factors that broadened her understanding of social disparities in the September 25th MIT News Office feature on Sofia's many accomplishments.

Heather Paxson in New York Times

August 23, 2014

William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Heather Paxson was quoted in the Sunday Review piece on "Rethinking Eating" in the August 24, 2014 New York Times.

Graham Jones in Financial Times

July 2, 2014

Lister Brothers Career Development Associate Professor Graham Jones was interviewed for a piece on "Sex, lies, and social media: How Twitter killed the water cooler" that appeared in the July 2, 2014 Financial Times.

Chris Boebel, Lecturer and Co-Director of Anthropology's DV Lab wins New England Emmy

June 11, 2014

Chris Boebel, director of the documentary "Awakening: Evoking the Arab Spring Through Music" along with his team members at AMPS (Academic Media Production Services) won a 2014 New England Emmy award.

Former HASTS Graduate Student, Sarah Wylie, at White House

June 9, 2014

Sarah Wylie, co-founder of Public Lab and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northeastern University, presented her work to President Obama at the 1st White House Maker Faire. Sarah who received her Ph.D. from MIT in 2011 has been working with Associate Professor Christine Walley and communities in Chicago to map petcoke piles from Tar Sands refining.

Susan Silbey Receives Levitan Teaching Award

May 9, 2014

Goldberg Professor of Humanities, Sociology, and Anthropology Susan Silbey was one of four recipients of the 2014 James A. and Ruth Levitan Award for Excellence in Teaching in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Christine Walley recieves CLR James Best Book Award for Exit Zero

May 7, 2014

Associate Professor of Anthropology Christine Walley received the 2014 CLR James Best Book award from the Working-Class Studies Association for Exit Zero: Family and Class in Post-Industrial Chicago.

Susan Silbey on Common Sense Regulation

May 6, 2014

Professor of Anthropology Susan Silbey was featured in SHASS News for her work examining the effectiveness of aid to those on the margins of society.

The Anthropology of Humanitarianism

May 1, 2014

Associate Professor of Anthropology Erica James was featured on the MIT homepage for her work examining the effectiveness of aid to those on the margins of society.

Amberly Steward featured in Boston Globe

April 25, 2014

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.

Heather Paxson named a 2014 MacVicar Faculty Fellow

March 14, 2014

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

Manduhai Buyandelger receives Levitan Prize in the Humanities

January 6, 2014

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.