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DEPARTMENT NEWS

2017
Thomas Plummer recently received numerous prestigious grants, including from the Leakey Foundation ($20,000) and Wenner-Gren Foundation ($20,000), as well as a CUNY Award ($6000) to continue excavations on some of the world's oldest archaeological materials from a newly discovered site, called Nyayanga, on the Homa peninsula in southwestern Kenya. This site, dated to 2.7-2.5 million years old, is notable for its preservation of abundant fossils as well as artifacts at this early age; fossil preservation is generally poor at most Oldowan sites. Among the most intriguing discoveries to date are surface collected bones with stone tool damage, showing evidence of hominin utilization of meat and marrow. Excavations will continue in summer 2017.


QC Anthropology student, Gabriela Zygadlo, who was awarded the "Most Promising Student" award at a department awards ceremony this past spring, has also been awarded the prestigious Queens College Brownstein-McDermott scholarship.


Gueorgui Milkov (QC/CUNY alum, Bachelor of Arts, Class of '97) discusses his inspiring career trajectory after graduating with joint major in anthropology and journalism:


I arrived as an international student at Queens College from Southeastern Europe, but over the years since graduating, I became a naturalized citizen. I chose to major in anthropology because I was fascinated by different cultures and customs, and living in New York City provided me with firsthand experience of the amazing human diversity there. I also loved attending lectures during which we discussed topics ranging from archaeology to human sexuality, while getting exposed to the ideas of Franz Boas and Margaret Mead. Meanwhile, in my sophomore year, I decided to minor in journalism as I had always been a news junkie, following political, cultural, entertainment and sporting events. It turned out that this choice would lead me to develop and pursue my passion for journalism, although the knowledge I obtained as an anthropology major has helped and served me as well.

I’ve been working in the field of print and digital media for more than 20 years. My journalism journey started with an internship at Newsweek magazine during the spring semester of my junior year. I primarily helped on the international news desk, and that was the first place where I professionally used my fluency in several languages. I ended up staying and working on that editorial staff in the summer after my junior year and then continued working there during my entire senior year. Upon graduation, I joined the editorial team at Esquire magazine, where I worked for about a year.  I have been a member of ESPN The Magazine's editorial team since 1998, when this award-winning biweekly sports publication was launched.  It was a great match for me because I love sports as a fan, plus I’m also active by nature (I swim and cycle daily).  I’ve held different editorial positions over time, and six years ago I became the research chief. I manage a staff of 14 researchers/reporters, plus a few project temps and interns. I oversee staffing and recruiting of prospective employees for the research department, which is seen as an entry point to the world of digital and print media at ESPN. I’ve been working hard on setting the highest standards for accuracy and fairness while dealing closely with our legal team on investigative stories. These efforts have certainly assisted the editorial team, and this year ESPN The Magazine won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence for the third time in the publication’s history.

In my current position, I deal on a daily basis with providing researching, reporting and fact-checking help to our editors and writers. I also handle numerous statistical and data requests plus news clip packages for all stories that run in The Magazine along with the long-form pieces that appear on ESPN.com. My duties extend to assisting colleagues in other areas in the company as well, such as ESPN Films, OTL and many others. Last but not least, over the years I’ve also had contributions and acknowledgments in several books—ranging from sports encyclopedias to historical non-fiction titles—and ESPN 30 For 30  series, whose short film Barbosa: The Man Who Made Brazil Cry and accompanying Magazine piece about the tragic life of late Brazilian soccer goalkeeper Moacir Barbosa were based on my idea. Finally, as you can see on the photo (below)—my desk is uniquely decorated with a collection of sports-related items accumulated and obtained over time from various photo shoots, games and events. It is a must-see destination for people who come to the office.

Milkov at work - photo by Mackenzie Stroh    Photo of Gueorgui Milkov at work (by Mackenzie Stroh)

We love hearing from alumni! If you are also a QC Anthropology alum and would like share news about your life, career, research and/or family, or have questions about how to remain active in the department, please refer to the Anthropology Alumni page for more information.


Kate Pechenkina's research presenting the bioarchaeological evidence for the rise of male biased inequality in preimperial China has recently been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article, entitled Shifting Diets and the Rise of Male-Biased Inequality on the Central Plains of China during Eastern Zhou can be access on the PNAS website. This research has also been featured on IFLScience!ArchaeologyNewsNetworkthe Boston Globe, and most recently in Scientific American.

2016

Our updated Spring 2017 course schedule is now available.


John Collins was recently awarded the Leeds Prize from the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) for his book Revolt of the Saints. The award is for the most exemplary book in Anthropology directed at urban issues, with particular attention to methodological innovation.


John Collins' translated edition of Brazilian Anthropologist Karina Biondi's ethnography of the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), or a group Biondi argues is often incorrectly described as Latin America's largest criminal organization and hierarchically-organized prison gang, has been released by University of North Carolina Press as Sharing This Walk: An Ethnography of Prison Life and the PCC in Brazil.


We congratulate the following Anthropology majors for their high academic achievements! Congratulations to the following students: Presidential Achievers (3.9 GPA): Eleni Stellatos; Provost Scholars (3.75 GAP): Sydul Choudhury, Ryan Shinn, and Hodalis Rodriguez; Dean's List (3.5 GPA): Caressa Hillick, Olha Lysa, Eleni Pashos, Danisse Toro, Minn Chiu, and Samantha Gaviria. Recipients will be honored at the Presidential Achievement Award ceremony and reception on November 3.


Karine Tache's work was recently featured in an article published by Vermont's Indepent Voice - Seven Days: "For Archaeologists, New Tech for Old Sites."


Anthropology adjunct, Jemima Georges received a Young Explorers Grant from National Geographic to participate on Dr. Timothy Pugh's project, Urbanization at Nixtun-Chi'ich', Peten, Guatemala, which is funded by a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation.


Kevin Birth's article "Calendar Time, Cultural Sensibilities, and Strategies of Persuasion" has recently been published in the edited volume "Time, Temporality and Global Politics". The entire book can be accessed here.


Our Fall 2016 course schedule is now available here.


Mandana Limbert is the recipient of a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for her project "Oman, Zanzibar and the Politics of Becoming Arab," a book on changing notions of Arab identity.



2015
Timothy Pugh's project on Nixtun-Ch'ich' in Peten, Guatemala has been highlighted in the "World Roundup" section of the current issue of Archaeology magazine.


Dr. John Collins' book "Revolt of the Saints" on race, space, and history in Brazil has recently been published by Duke University Press. Below is a description of the book from the publisher's website:
In 1985 the Pelourinho neighborhood in Salvador, Brazil was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the next decades, over 4,000 residents who failed to meet the state's definition of "proper Afro-Brazilianness" were expelled to make way for hotels, boutiques, NGOs, and other attractions. In Revolt of the Saints, John F. Collins explores the contested removal of the inhabitants of Brazil’s first capital and best-known site for Afro-Brazilian history, arguing that the neighborhood’s most recent reconstruction, begun in 1992 and supposedly intended to celebrate the Pelourinho's working-class citizens and their culture, revolves around gendered and racialized forms of making Brazil modern. He situates this focus on national origins and the commodification of residents' most intimate practices within a longer history of government and elite attempts to "improve" the citizenry’s racial stock even as these efforts take new form today. In this novel analysis of the overlaps of race, space, and history, Collins thus draws on state-citizen negotiations of everyday life to detail how residents’ responses to the attempt to market Afro-Brazilian culture and reimagine the nation’s foundations both illuminate and contribute to recent shifts in Brazil’s racial politics.


Dr.Timothy Pugh's ongoing archaeological research on an ancient Mayan city in Nixtun-Ch'ich' in Guatemala has recently been featured on Yahoo News (May 1, 2015). Dr. Pugh and his team have uncovered the city's unique grid pattern, providing evidence of a powerful ruler who controlled this city and organized the layout. Read more about Dr. Pugh and his team's findings here.


Dr. Sara Stinson, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, was the 2015 recipient of the Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award. This award honors members of the Human Biology Association who have made exemplary contributions to human biology in science and scholarship. Criteria for the award include a remarkable contribution by the awardee that transcends normal scientific achievement and that is worthy of recognition both outside of and within the profession of human biology.



Dr. Erika Eichhorn Bourguignon, distinguished anthropologist and alumnus of Queens College (class of ’45) died in Columbus, Ohio, on February 15, 2015. She was professor emerita of anthropology at The Ohio State University, where she taught for more than 40 years. She is best known for her contributions to psychological anthropology, anthropology of religion and anthropology of women.        

Born in Vienna in 1924, Bourguignon arrived in the United States with her parents, Luitpold and Charlotte Eichhorn, in 1939; the family fled Austria after the 1938 Anschluss. She held a B.A. from Queens College, N.Y.C. (1945), and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, Evanston (1951). At Queens she discovered anthropology, working with H. Powdermaker. At Northwestern she was greatly influenced by A. I. Hallowell and M. J. Herskovits. Bourguignon conducted fieldwork among the Chippewa in Wisconsin (1946) and in Haiti (1947–48), where she met her husband, Belgian writer and artist Paul-Henri Bourguignon.          

Erika Bourguignon published seven books and more than eighty professional articles. Arriving at Ohio State in 1949, Bourguignon was a founding member of what would become the Department of Anthropology. She led the Cross-cultural Study of Dissociational States (1963–68) under a grant from National Institute for Mental Health. In the early 1970s, Bourguignon taught the first course on the anthropology of women at the university, chaired a newly formed Council on Academic Excellence for Women and, in 1971, became the first woman to chair a department in OSU’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.      

After retirement from full-time teaching in 1990, she published, with Barbara Rigney, Exile: A Memoir of 1939 by Bourguignon’s aunt, Bronka Schneider. Bourguignon maintained her interest in Haiti, writing and lecturing on the subject. She also worked actively to promote the artwork of her late husband, Paul-Henri Bourguignon.  Bourguignon’s honors include Ohio State’s Alumni Distinguished Scholar Award (1986), the Society for Psychological Anthropology’s first Lifetime Achievement Award (1999) and, from Queens College, the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (2000) for her distinguished career.   She is survived by a wide and diverse network of friends, colleagues and former students.            

Contributions may be made in her name to The Paul and Erika Bourguignon Fund at the Columbus Foundation (www.columbusfoundation.org), Partners in Health (www.pih.orgor the Zusman Hospice (whv.org/Healthcare/Zusman-Hospice).



Our Fall 2015 Course Schedule is now available: Fall 2015 Classes.


Dr. Karine Tache co-authored a recent paper: Tache K., and O. Craig (2015) Cooperative harvesting of aquatic resources triggered the beginning of pottery production in Northeastern North America. Antiquity 89(343):177-190. Media coverage on this paper can be found at Science Daily (February, 3, 2015).




2014

Dr. Murphy Halliburton appeared on a television show in India discussing his research on the role of society and culture in mental health. The interview can be seen here:
Mind Watch


In Fall 2014, the department welcomed our newest faculty member, Dr. Juan Luis Rodriguez. Dr. Rodriguez is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist interested in the semiotic relationship between language, materiality, and political gifts.


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