Students and Alumni News and Highlights
March 26, 2021Do you have an idea that can change the world? Focus on converting the innovators and early adopters first.
That was the advice Simon Sinek ’95 delivered March 20 to a group of 155 Brandeis students participating in the DeisHacks 48-hour social good hackathon.
Sinek is a popular TED Talk speaker and author of multiple bestselling books, including Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action and The Infinite Game.
“You actually don't aim your efforts at the majority, which is what most people do,” said Sinek, who studied cultural anthropology at Brandeis. “The law of diffusion proposes that if you can hit 15 to 18 percent market penetration, there's a social phenomenon called a tipping point, and it just goes off from there."
January 13, 2021
Ara, a three year resident of Cambridge, has been involved in a range of volunteer experiences, all of which are related to immigrant concerns. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and proficient in Portuguese. She hopes to contribute to CIRC through outreach to immigrant communities and to help raise awareness of the concerns of those communities. Congratulations Ara!
December 16, 2020This article, Refugee and Internally Displaced Women's Abortion Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices: Addressing the Lack of Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, focuses on the need for more research on refugee and displaced women's abortion knowledge, attitudes, and practices in low and middle-income countries.
November 24, 2020
This October, Aneil Tripathy formally joined the University of Bologna European Research Council funded project IMPACT HAU:. He also put together two recorded panels entitled "Whose Money? Whose Morals?" for the American Anthropological Association Raising Our Voices event of November 2020. The two-part series investigates "impact investing," a growing phenomenon in global finance that promises to reconcile capitalism with social and environmental sustainability. The panels can be heard at the following links: Whose Money? Whose Morals? Part 1; Whose Money? Whose Morals? Part 2 . Additionally, Aneil will be the main editor for the first Mergers & Acquisitions podcast series launched by the Society for Economic Anthropology. Series 1 focuses on economic anthropology and climate change.
October 18, 2020Adam discusses Design, Podcasting, Organizational Culture, Language, and communicating Anthropology's value to Companies.
October 20, 2020
Medha received this honor based on recommendations from faculty and staff. This scholarship is part of the Brandeis named donor fellowhip fund, established by alumni, parents and friends of the University. The scholarship supports a portion of existing financial awards for doctoral students.
September 16, 2020Ryan has conducted archaeological field research in the northern Maya lowlands since 2011, he graduated with his doctorate in anthropology from Brandeis University in 2018. Currently, Collins's research focuses on the role of ritual and identity in the development of urbanism and complex society in the ancient Maya world with a regional focus in the Northern Lowlands of Eastern Mesoamerica.
Aneil's expertise is economic, urban, and environmental anthropology, transportation, anthropology of finance and development, and climate finance and green bonds. He also has an anthropology blog and a radio show. He recently published three articles:
August 18, 2020Her 2019 book is titled Faith and the Pursuit of Health: Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa (Rutgers University Press); she has a 2019 article in American Ethnologist titled "'Father Released Me': Accelerating Care, Temporal Repair, and Ritualized Friendship among Pentecostal Women in Samoa," and was awarded an NSF.
August 6, 2020
Jessye notes that "2020 has definitely been an intense year for the entire world, but we're proud to present this accomplishment and sliver of excitement. We're excited to be providing community & services in-person as best we are able to!" Outdoor programming at the Center opened on Monday, August 3rd; in 3 days 15 people received 64 different care points ranging from food, material assistance, laptop time and emotional support.
Jessye was recently recognized for her work in the New York Times article, Legacy Of Suffrage, for contining her great great grandmother's advocacy on behalf of women. Good work, Jessye!
August 6, 2020Katherine is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies; Translation Research and Instruction Program at SUNY Binghamton. She received her PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan.
July 21, 2020We are delighted to announce that Casey Golomski (PhD '13) has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the University of New Hampshire. Casey is the author of Funeral Culture: AIDS, Work, and Cultural Change in an African Kingdom (Indiana University Press, 2018) and numerous ethnographic articles and works of poetry.
July 15, 2020Holly Walters, PhD '18, is now a Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at Wellesley College. She is a cultural anthropologist whose ethnographic work focuses on pilgrimage and politics in the Nepal Himalayas, as well as material culture, divine personhood, and ritual practice in South Asia. Her new book focuses on the veneration of sacred fossil ammonites called Shaligrams - an important part of Hindu and Buddhist ritual practice throughout South Asia and among the global Diaspora for roughly two thousand years.
July 15, 2020Jonathan's Master's Thesis is titled "Beyond the Gridiron: Race and the Costs and Benefits of American Football." He is curently applying to PhD programs in the social sciences.
June 3, 2020
Jessica Priestley received this prestigious fellowship for her project, "And Science Makes Three: Discovering Kin through DNA Testing, a Digital Story Archive." In collaboration with Associate Professor Anita Hannig, Jessica will develop an audio archive of family experiences with genetic ancestry testing.
January 24, 2020Jeffrey Dobereiner '09 is an anthropologist studying the role of cultural diversity in the emergence of social complexity.
Jessica was named the recipient of the Edward A. Schaffer Teaching Fellowship in the Humanities for the 2019-20 academic year based on faculty recommendations.
August 29, 2019
August 8, 2019
Ieva Jusionyte MA'07, PhD'12 was awarded 3rd place in the Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing, while Steven Gonzalez MA'17 earned honorable mention for Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction, and Casey Golomski PhD'13 took 1st place in the society's poetry competition.
March 26, 2019
Anthropology major Alejandra Bonilla speaks to BrandeisNOW.
March 13, 2019Yiyi Wu was awarded the 2019 Richard Saber Undergraduate Research Grant. Yiyi Wu’19, is a senior with majors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Anthropology and International and Global Studies. The project she was awarded the grant for presents the narratives of a population of heterosexual women, referred to as tongqi (同妻) who marry homosexual men aiming to fulfill their societal obligations of marriage and fatherhood. Using these narratives, she aims to challenge heterosexual norms in China and trace the impact of civil society in the country. This is a critical issue for the formation to this type of marriage has a lot to do with the stigma against homosexuality in China and an anti-gay agenda in China. The main goal of this project is to understand the motivations for marriages between gay men and homosexual women and the factors that lead to their divorce and separation. Based on the results drawn from the analyses, this project aims to support the establishment of a non-governmental organization to support tongqi and their civil society. Publication of the results from this project also seeks to promote international awareness about phenomenon that are similar to tongqi and the need for laws permitting gay marriage.
March 1, 2019In this workshop media producer and podcaster Adam Gamwell PhD'18 (This Anthro Life, Missing Link Studios) introduced participants to narrative audio and voice styles across public media and podcasting, recording and interview techniques, and crafting narrative audio.Whether to interview a family member for oral history, start a podcast, or make one's scholarship more public, this workshop provided the framing and techniques to hit the ground recording.
March 1, 2019
Douglas Bafford's article Aging and the End Times: Evangelical Eschatology and Experiences of Elderhood in the United States and South Africa was recently published in Anthropology & Aging 40(1)
February 19, 2019Aneil's dissertation is tentatively titled "Assembling the Green Bond Market: Work and Personhood in Climate Finance." Aneil's research centers on understanding the development of the green bond market and how investment bankers, policy analysts, and environmental engineers in this market go about making climate change legible in finance. He is fascinated by processes of social change and how people try to make sense of our world. Aneil is a cofounder of the anthropology podcast This Anthro Life.
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November 9, 2018
A book launch event for Threshold: Emergency Responders on the U.S.-Mexico Border will take place at PM on Friday, November 9, at the Harvard Book Store.
November 2, 2018"For Chimps, Human Touch Can Hurt"
September 25, 2018
May 17, 2018
Doctoral student Amy Hanes is awarded a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, the nation's largest and most prestigious award for PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences addressing questions of ethical and religious values. Amy's project is entitled: Caring for Their Sake: Interspecies Care, Race, and Conservation in Cameroon's Chimpanzee Sanctuaries.
April 21, 2018
Ryan Collins PhD’18 speaks at TEDxBrandeisUniversity.
March 8, 2018
Noam Sienna ’11 is publishing a groundbreaking work with the support of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, tentatively titled: "The LGBTQ Jewish Anthology: a Reader of Primary Sources from the Talmud to Stonewall."
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