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Department of Anthropology
The Johns Hopkins University
404 Macaulay Hall
3400 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Phone 410-516-7272
Fax 410-516-6080




The Department of Anthropology is one of the few in the country that focuses exclusively on socio-cultural anthropology, one of the four traditional subfields of the discipline. The department has helped to lead debates on many of the issues that have shaped the field over the last thirty years. Our faculty has field research experience in the Americas, South Asia, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. We work on themes such as the everyday, the state, religion, media, and health, building on interdisciplinary dialogues across the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences. The Department offers a PhD program, a BA program for undergraduate majors, and courses for students coming from other majors such as public health and international studies.

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Spring 2016 Colloquia Schedule

Serra Hakyamez
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University
"Legal Regimes of Truth: Surveillance Technologies and Terrorism Trials in Turkish Kurdistan"
February 16, 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Macaulay 400

The Spectral Wound: Sexual Violence, Public Memories, and the Bangladesh War of 1971
A roundtable discussion with the author Nayanika Mookherjee, Durham University
Naveeda Khan (Anthropology)
Jennifer Culbert (Political Science)
Swayam Bagaria (Anthropology)
Amrita Ibrahim (Georgetown University)
Wednesday, February 17th
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hackerman Hall 320
Sponsored by The Family of Danka Kornreich
Department of Anthropology
Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality

Groundbreaking anthropologist Sidney Mintz dies at age 93

Announcement: Mintz Student Fellowship for Field Research


Juan Obarrio has been awarded Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), School of Social Science, for the 2016-2017 academic year (thematic focus on Law and Social Sciences).

Jane Guyer will be conferred with an Honorary doctorate from Birmingham University, U.K., at the end of this academic year. She will be giving the Frazer Lecture at Cambridge University, U.K., on October 17, 2016.

Anand Pandian was awarded a "Practical Ethics" grant for a new research project on "Environmental Ethics in American Life"

Undergraduate Students
Amelie Nkodo receives the 2015 Trouillot Essay Prize for Undergraduate Students for her essay entitled, "Fresh Foods in a Soup Kitchen:  Conditions of Possibility at My Sister's Place in Baltimore, Maryland".

Louna Dekker-Vargas receives honorable mention for the 2015 Trouillot Essay Prize for Undergraduate Students for her essay entitled, "The Orchestra Unwound".

Graduate Students
Mariam Banahi receives the Alumnae Association of Barnard College (AABC) Fellowship for Graduate Study (2015).

Onder Celik receives the Social Science Research Council's Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Award (2015).

Serra Hakyemez receives the American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2015-2016).

Amy Krauss receives the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies (2015).

Bhrigupati Singh receives the 2015 Joseph W. Elder Prize in the Indian Social Sciences for his manuscript Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Contemporary Rural India.

Notes of Interest

Bridget Kustin's article for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Financial Services for the Poor division on Islamic microfinance and Islamic finance was published in October 2015. 

Jane Guyer and Juan Obarrio, along with colleagues in Brazil and Argentina, have contributed to the organization and funding of a collaborative conference in Brazil, to be held in June, entitled: "The Real Economy: Ethnographic Inquiries into the Reality and the Realization of Economic Life"

Somatosphere book forum on Anand Pandian's recent book Reel World: An Anthropology of Creation

HAU Book Symposium for Juan Obarrio's The Spirit of the Laws in Mozambique.

Living and Dying in the Contemporary World (Veena Das and Clara Han-Editors), published by the University of California Press.

Somatosphere book forum on Bhrigupati Singh's new book Poverty and the Quest for Life: Spiritual and Material Striving in Rural India, published by the University of Chicago Press.

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