John Collins' new book, Ethnographies of U.S. Empire,
co-edited with Carole McGranahan, was recently published by Duke
University Press. Collins and McGranahan's edited volume is described
How do we live in and with empire? The contributors to Ethnographies of U.S. Empire pursue
this question by examining empire as an unequally shared present. Here
empire stands as an entrenched, if often invisible, part of everyday
life central to making and remaking a world in which it is too often
presented as an aberration rather than as a structuring condition. This
volume presents scholarship from across U.S. imperial formations:
settler colonialism, overseas territories, communities impacted by U.S.
military action or political intervention, Cold War alliances and
fissures, and, most recently, new forms of U.S. empire after 9/11. From
the Mohawk Nation, Korea, and the Philippines to Iraq and the hills of
New Jersey, the contributors show how a methodological and theoretical
commitment to ethnography sharpens all of our understandings of the
novel and timeworn ways people live, thrive, and resist in the imperial
Birth is working with Queens College administration to change the
chiming sequence of the Queens College Clock Tower bells, memorialized as the Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Clock Tower. His efforts were written up in this month's QView #25. While
some of the bells are longer in operation due to mechanical issues,
Birth is teaming up with Edward Smaldone from the Music Department to
reimagine a new chime melody using the still functioning bells.
Congratulations to all our 2018 Departmental Awardees! Every year, awards are given to the highest achieving students who are Anthropology majors and minors. For a list of this year's recipients, click here.
QC Anthropology has a Facebook page! Like and follow our FB page, @QCAnthro, and get regular updates on new courses and upcoming events.
Kevin Birth has been invited to give a talk to the US Time Service at the United States Naval Observatory in mid-April. Additionally, he has been contacted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and
asked to authenticate an Italian Renaissance clock (~400-600 years old)
as well as speak to the clock's cultural uses. Between these
activities, Dr. Birth is covering the range of clocks, from one of the
oldest known mechanical clocks to the cutting edge of atomic
Students in the "Voices of New York" (Anth/LCD 288) class co-taught by Professors Makihara and Newman attended the Society for Linguistic Anthropology conference
held at the University of Pennsylvania in Phladelphia on March 8-10.
This trip was made possible by a Mellon Foundation grant. Students
attended talks and workshops on language and social justice and met
with scholars and other students. This was a great academic and
professional development opportunity for all.
Thomas Plummer received a 2017-2018 Research Enhancement Grant that will cover equipment costs for his ongoing research in Kenya.
Congratulations to Markos Papadatos,
a former QC Anthropology minor ('07) turned acclaimed journalist, who
was recently awarded "Journalist of
the Year" by the Hellenic News of America. Mr. Papadatos is the senior
editor and the New York correspondent of the Hellenic News of America.
Are you also a QC Anthropology alum who would like share news about
your life, career, research and/or family? Please refer to the Anthropology Alumni page for more on how to keep in touch with our department!
Professor Jim Moore
is the recipient of two prestigious awards, one for excellence in
teaching and the second, for outstanding mentoring of junior faculty.
He was selected for the QC Excellence in Teaching Award for full-time
faculty, an award recognizing outstanding teaching in the
classroom. The faculty selection committee made its decision upon
review of letters by past students for the nominees. Dr. Moore has
served the college since 1979 as an innovative teacher and dedicated
mentor. He has played an important role in many students' lives,
inspiring them to pursue careers in anthropology and education, and to
be engaged with their communities. He continues to offer courses that
go well beyond the discipline of anthropology to engage students to
think about their world, and in particular, about issues concerning the
environment and discrimination.
In addition, Dr. Moore also received the Mellon Mentoring Award which honors faculty
members who help build a supportive academic environment at QC by
fostering faculty-to-faculty mentoring.
Murphy Halliburton's book entitled "India and the Patent Wars: Pharmaceuticals in the New Intellectual Property Regime" has recently been published by Cornell University Press. This book contributes to an international debate over medicine costs and restrictions on access under stringent patent laws. From the Press website:
was recently interviewed about her research and her work as a primatologist for "A Story of Us," a podcast developed by the
Ohio State University Anthropology Department. To listen to the full
interview, click here: Social Behavior and Social Conflict in Hamadryas Baboons (~20 min)
India and the Patent Wars
contributes to an international debate over the costs of medicine and
restrictions on access under stringent patent laws showing how
activists and drug companies in low-income countries seize agency and
exert influence over these processes. Murphy Halliburton contributes to
analyses of globalization within the fields of anthropology, sociology,
law, and public health by drawing on interviews and ethnographic work
with pharmaceutical producers in India and the United States.
has been at the center of emerging controversies around patent rights
related to pharmaceutical production and local medical knowledge.
Halliburton shows that Big Pharma is not all-powerful, and that local
activists and practitioners of ayurveda, India’s largest indigenous
medical system, have been able to undermine the aspirations of
multinational companies and the WTO. Halliburton traces how key drug
prices have gone down, not up, in low-income countries under the new
patent regime through partnerships between US- and India-based
companies, but warns us to be aware of access to essential medicines in
low- and middle-income countries going forward.
Kevin Birth will give a lecture entitled "Choosing a Clock:
Regulation Cosmopolitanism and Humbuggery" on Tuesday, Sept. 5 (6:00-9:00pm) to the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) at the General Society Library (20 West 44th Street, NY, NY). His
talk will focus on several cases concerning political uses of horology
contexts of time pluralism with each case exploring different ways in
which horology and politics become intertwined. For additional
on this talk, including how to attend, follow this link to the HSNY website.
Timothy Pugh received
a grant from the National Science Foundation to support his
archaeological research in Peten, Guatemala. The research investigates
the earliest known urban grid in the Americas (800-400 BCE) and its
relationship to the development of social complexity in the Maya
lowlands. For more information on Dr. Pugh's research in this region, check out the Itza Archaeological Project website at www.itzaarchaeology.com.
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
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
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.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.
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.
Photo of Gueorgui Milkov at work (by Mackenzie Stroh)
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!, ArchaeologyNewsNetwork, the 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Evanston (1951). At Queens she discovered
anthropology, working with H. Powdermaker. At Northwestern she
was greatly influenced by A. I. Hallowell and M. J.
Bourguignon conducted fieldwork among the Chippewa in Wisconsin (1946)
Haiti (1947–48), where she met her husband, Belgian writer and artist
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.org) or
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).
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
In Fall 2014,
the department welcomed our newest faculty member, Dr.
Juan Luis Rodriguez. Dr. Rodriguez is a linguistic and
anthropologist interested in the semiotic relationship between
language, materiality, and political gifts.