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Making the case for paid family leave

Now an anthropologist and a sociologist at Northwestern are using their disparate research to make a compelling case for better supporting families. Thom McDade and Christine Percheski show how robust paid leave would benefit families not only economically, but also improve kids’ health from the earliest days of life.

Blaming mental illness for Trump's actions excuses their structural causes

Read a recently published Op-Ed from Associate Professor of Anthropology and Global Health, Rebecca Seligman.

Mark Hauser has received an American Institute for Indian Studies (AIIS) senior fellowship

The project entitled entitled “Shifting Landscape: Archaeological Exploration of Tranquebar and Danish Colonial Engagement on the Coromandel Coast” is a crucial first step in a larger study which seeks to understand the varying engagements in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Professor Shalini Shankar has a new book, Language and Materiality: Ethnographic and Theoretical Explorations

Co-edited with Jillian R. Cavanaugh. Language and Materiality integrates linguistic anthropological and sociolinguistic scholarship on a range of topics: semiotic approaches to language, language commodification, sound, embodiment, mediatization, and aesthetics.

Assistant Professor, Katie Amato, receives award from the Wenner-Gren Foundation

An award from the Wenner-Gren Foundation will support research investigating differences in the capacity of human and non-human primate gut microbes to produce energy and program host metabolism. The ultimate goal is to determine if humans exhibit a unique relationship between diet, the gut microbiota, and physiology that is relevant for understanding the potential role of the gut microbiota in shaping human metabolic and physiological changes over evolution.

Talk: Chip Colwell, Senior Curator of Anthropology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science Featured Respondent: William Quackenbush, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, The Ho-Chunk Nation Reception to follow. Co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Group, Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Department of Anthropology
Crossing the Colonial Rubicon of the Anthropocene. Co-sponsored by Program in Environmental Policy and Culture and Program in Environmental Sciences and the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities