Loyola University Chicago

Department of Anthropology


Dr. Nichols Publishes Article on Her Research at the Field Museum

Nichols Field article

Lime gourd from St. Matthias Island sent to Harold Gladwin, FM #137160. Arizona State Museum #GP-48770.

In her most recent article, published in Museum & Society, Nichols chronicles exchanges of anthropological museum specimens between Field Museum Curator of Anthropology Paul S. Martin and renowned southwest archaeologist Harold Gladwin.

Read the full article here: https://www108.lamp.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/mas/article/view/2703

Alum Michele Statz Launches First Book at AAA 2018

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Michele Statz and Kathleen Adams at Statz's book launch at AAA 2018

Loyola Anthropology alum Michele Statz (BA ’05) recently published her first book, Lawyering an Uncertain Cause: Immigration Advocacy and Chinese Youth in the U.S., with Vanderbilt University Press. The book was launched at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA, in November. Book details are available here: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/university-press/book/9780826522092 .

Following her undergrad years at Loyola, Statz earned a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology and comparative law at the University of Washington in 2014, and she is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and BioBehavioral Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth.

Dr. Strand Publishes Article on Written Dialect in Norway

Strand Multilingua

A sign for a mountain lodge, cafe, and convenience store in Valdres, Norway, written entirely in the local dialect.

Thea Strand’s most recent article is titled “Tradition as Innovation: Dialect Revalorization and Maximal Orthographic Distinction in Rural Norwegian Writing.” It addresses how widespread use of non-standard dialect spellings in digital communication and marketing contexts challenges the normal sociolinguistic order and refunctionalizes the rural Valdres dialect. The article appears in the journal Multilingua, Vol. 38(1), a special issue around the theme “Re-Imagining Language Revitalization in Contemporary Europe,” guest-edited by Sabina Perrino and Andrea Leone-Pizzighella. The abstract and more details are available here: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2018-0006.

New Article from Dr. Adams on Local Vendors in Indonesian Tourism

Adams TCC article

In December 2018, Kathleen Adams published an article titled “Local Strategies for Economic Survival in Touristically Volatile Times: An Indonesian Case Study of Microvendors, Gendered Cultural Practices, and Resilience.” The article appears in the journal Tourism Culture and Communication, Vol. 18(4). The abstract and more information are available here: https://doi.org/10.3727/109830418X15369281878422.

Loyola Anthropologists at AAA 2018

AAA 2018

Drs. Adams, Gomberg-Muñoz, and Strand participated in research and discussion panels at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Jose, CA, in November.

Kathleen Adams presented a paper titled “Authoritative Aspirations, Emotional Considerations:  From Toraja Grave Displays to Locally-Run, Locally-Configured Museums” as part of a panel on “Voices out of the Dark? Contemporary Museum-like Practices and Culturalized Politics,” organized by Paula Mota Santos and Hugo de Block.

Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz chaired two roundtable panels, an executive session on “Anthropologists Adapting to Anti-Immigrant Climates: Resistance and Resilience on Campuses and in Communities”  and an invited session on “Recentering Ethnography, Decentering American Anthropology.” She also served as discussant for a research panel on “Dignity and Conviviality: Debating Being and Belonging Across Lines of Difference.” And, as president of the Society for the Anthropology of North America, Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz presided over the SANA board meeting and business meeting.

Thea Strand presented a paper titled “Curating the Countryside: Transformations of Landscape and Language in Rural Norway” as part of an organized research panel on “Curating Value.”

Dr. Nichols Presents at Chicago Digital Humanities Colloquium

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Judy Coyne and Dr. Catherine Nichols at DHSC 2018

Catherine Nichols and June Coyne (PhD candidate, History) shared their collaborative work titled "Decolonizing the Archive: The May Weber Collection in a Digital World" at the 2018 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, held November 9-11 at Loyola's Water Tower Campus.

The DHCS colloquium brings together researchers, scholars, librarians, and technologists in the humanities and computer science to examine the current state of digital humanities as a field of intellectual inquiry and to identify and explore new directions and perspectives for future research. More information on the colloquium and this year's presentations is available here: http://ctsdh.org/dhcs2018/.

Dr. Butler Featured in Phoenix Article on Masks

Butler Phoenix

Dr. Noah Butler was interviewed for a Loyola Phoenix article, contributing an anthropological perspective on Halloween and masking. The article ran as the front-page headliner in the October 31 issue of the Phoenix.

Read the full article here: http://loyolaphoenix.com/2018/10/trick-or-turnout-halloween-mask-sales-are-a-spooky-accurate-predictor-for-presidential-elections-according-to-one-halloween-retailer/

Special Event: Dr. W. Wood Lecture on Textile Patterns, Indigenous Weavers, and Global Flows

Wood textile talk

"The Migration of Thought," print by Kim Abeles



“Reproducing Hearst Collection Textiles: Tracking a Global Meshwork Ethnographically”

A lecture by Dr. W. Warner Wood

Monday, October 15, 4:00 PM

Cudahy Science Hall, Room 207

This talk traces a textile pattern’s appearance in wool blankets sold through Pendleton Wool Mills as “Hearst Ginda Verde.” It unravels the meandering story of this pattern from its origins in the late 1800s, to its reproduction by the business Santa Fe Interiors in the 1990s, and on to its more recent sale through Pendleton. Approaching the pattern ethnographically points toward the ways that indigenous weavers become entangled in global articulations and practices. Such entanglements tell a story of cultural appropriation, exploitation, accommodation as well as of the resistance of indigenous weavers in the US and Mexico.

Dr. Wood is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research addresses cultural and natural heritage in Mexico as well as museum textile collections. He authored Made In Mexico: Zapotec Weavers and the Global Ethnic Art Market (IUP 2008) and is currently writing a book on ecotourism and community museum development in Oaxaca.

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz Receives NSF Grant for Research in Mexico

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Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz, left, with deportee rights organizers in Mexico City.

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz was awarded a National Science Foundation senior research grant in cultural anthropology for a multiyear project with deportee rights organizers in Mexico City.

Award abstract:

The research addresses one facet of the global migration crisis: return migration through deportation. Deportation is a widely significant contemporary social, political, and intellectual problem. Existing social science scholarship has theorized deportation as a straightforward politics of exclusion that culminates in the removal of people from one national territory and their return to another. However, for most people, deportation is not only an endpoint; it also marks the beginning of long-term efforts to build viable post-deportation lives. Yet despite the key role that nation states play in shaping their citizens' decisions to migrate in the first place as well as their post-deportation experiences, contexts of return have received little sustained research attention. This project takes a broader perspective to provide the more complete picture that is needed by both theorists and policy makers.

The research will be carried out by Loyola University of Chicago anthropologist, Dr. Ruth M. Gomberg-Munoz. Using a multi-year and multi-sited approach, this project involves the sustained ethnographic research necessary to better understand the sociopolitical afterlife of deportation and its effects in both Mexico and the United States. The research design comprises a three-year study of the contexts of deportees in Mexico City and Chicago. The researcher will use a mix of ethnographic research methods including participant observation, digital ethnography, in-depth and follow-up interviews, targeted semi-structured interviews, and research on state and municipal policies regarding migration and deportees. The study population will include Mexican government agents, a sample of deportees, and organizations that work with deportees. Findings from this research will advance a more robust and reliable theorization of life after deportation in three key ways. 1. The project's longitudinal design will provide the time depth needed to understand post-deportation life. 2. The analytical focus on deportees' interactions with Mexican state agencies will illuminate the role of emigrant states in shaping contexts of migrant return. 3. Attention to the quotidian activities of deportees will shed light on dynamic, cross-border cultural formations that arise in response to global securitization concerns. Using a collaborative approach to research design and dissemination, this project will make a timely and important intervention in social science scholarship on migration and removal, and it will contribute critical information for policy makers.


Dr. Butler Receives FCIP Teaching Award

Butler freshman teaching award

Dr. Jo Beth D'Agostino, Associate Provost, and freshman teaching award winners Dr. Elise Martel Cohen, Sociology, and Dr. Noah Butler, Anthropology

Noah Butler was honored in the Fall 2018 round of teaching awards from the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy. Dr. Butler received the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen, which recognizes faculty who build community with first-year students by teaching 100-level freshmen classes and foster cura personalis (care of the whole person) in new students.

More information on the Fall 2018 teaching award winners is available here: https://luc.edu/fcip/recognition/teachingawards/fall2018/.

New Article from Dr. Adams Focuses on Local Knowledge in Tourism in Indonesia

Adams Room with a View

Bugis dancers welcoming tourists. Photo by Dirk Sandarupa.

Kathleen Adams and co-author Dirk Sandarupa's article, titled "A Room with a View: Local Knowledge and Tourism Entrepreneurship in an Unlikely Indonesian Locale," was published in the June 2018 issue of the Asian Journal of Tourism Research. Based on a South Sulawesi case study, the article highlights the understudied role of local knowledge in contributing to the resilience of small-scale entrepreneurial tourism businesses in touristically-unpredictable times. 

The full article is available on the AJTR website: https://asiantourismresearch.cmu.ac.th/Vol3%20No.1/Chapter1.pdf.

Dr. Strand Contributes to Interdisciplinary "Rural Voices" Book

Strand Rural voices

Thea Strand recently published a chapter in an interdisciplinary volume titled Rural Voices: Language, Identity, and Social Change Across Place, edited by Elizabeth Seale and Christine Mallinson. The book features contributions from sociolinguists, sociologists, and anthropologists exploring intersections of language, culture, and identity in the lives of rural populations around the world. Dr. Strand's chapter, titled "Multivocal and Critical Performance of Urban Language in Rural Norway," examines rural Norwegians' incorporation of, and resistance to, urban language in their own discourse.

More information on the edited volume is available here: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498560719/Rural-Voices-Language-Identity-and-Social-Change-across-Place.

Mia LaRocca ('17) Wins Fulbright Award to Italy

LaRocca Fulbright

Mia LaRocca (BS '17) was awarded a Fulbright/Casten Family Foundation Award to Italy to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, which is committed to promoting a sustainable and just food economy through the tenets of the Slow Food movement. The Fulbright Award will allow Mia to immerse herself in a community and lifestyle dedicated to good, clean and fair food systems, while pursuing a degree that will enhance her current understanding of health and immigration by tracing these issues back to food systems. For her Master’s thesis, she proposed an ethnographic research project on the island of Lampedusa that will examine the current migrant and refugee situation by focusing on their access to food, as well as the community’s involvement in food production. Food insecurity is a growing concern for these communities amidst the implications of immigration and climate change.

Mia believes that the education she will receive at the University of Gastronomic Sciences will establish conversations essential to her research interests and allow her to engage other communities in similar conversations about food sovereignty, health literacy, climate change and global migration. After graduating with a Master’s degree, she plans to seek employment as an ambassador in the food, health or immigration sectors of the United States government or the United Nations. 

Dr. Adams Publishes Chapter on Mortuary Tourism in Indonesia

Adams Leisure and death chapter

Kathleen Adams has contributed a chapter to the newly published volume Leisure and Death: An Anthropological Tour of Risk, Death and Dying, edited by Adam Kaul and John Skinner (2018). Dr. Adams' chapter is titled “Leisure in the Land of the Walking Dead: Western Mortuary Tourism, the Internet, and Zombie Pop Culture in Toraja, Indonesia.”

More information on the book is available here: https://upcolorado.com/university-press-of-colorado/item/3333-leisure-and-death.

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz Contributes to Inaugural Issue of the Journal for the Anthropology of North America


In JANA's (formerly North American Dialogue) first contribution to the new "Come to Terms" feature, Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz makes a case for anthropologists as "accomplices" rather than "allies" in the current political moment.

Read the full piece, titled "The Complicit Anthropologist," here: https://doi.org/10.1002/nad.12070​.

Congratulations, Anthropology Grads!

2018 Grads

The 2018 Anthropology Student Gala was held on April 27, featuring a room full of impressive student research posters and awards to our most outstanding graduates in 2017-18.

The 2018 Chardin Award for truly exceptional accomplishments in Anthropology, both in and beyond the classroom, was presented to Mia LaRocca.

The Buechel Award, recognizing substantial work on social justice issues, went to Loraine Arikat.

Awards for outstanding achievement in Biological and Cultural Anthropology were presented to Taylor Emery and Anna Fallon, respectively.

In the joint Sociology-Anthropology degree program, Adrienne Degonia received the Durkheim Award.

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our award winners and brand-new alumni!

Dr. Adams Contributes to New Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia

Adams handbook chapter

Kathleen Adams' chapter in the new Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia, edited by Robert Hefner, is titled "Revisiting 'Wonderful Indonesia': Tourism, Economy, and Society."

Drs. Butler and Gomberg-Muñoz Honored at 2018 Sujack Awards

Sujack 2018

Each year, the Sujack Awards honor College of Arts and Sciences faculty members for their dedication to their profession. Among the 2018 award winners were Anthropology faculty Noah Butler and Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz, who were both recognized as Master Teachers.

More information on the Sujack Awards and 2018 award recipients is available here: https://www.luc.edu/cas/thesujackawards/2018sujackawards/.

LUC Anthro Alum Alexandria Peterson Publishes in Journal of Human Evolution

Peterson JHE article

Alex Peterson (BS '14) recently published an article in the Journal of Human Evolution, titled "Microwear textures of Australopithecus africanus and Paranthropus robustus molars in relation to paleoenvironment and diet." Peterson was first author with co-authors Elicia F. Abella, Frederick E. Grine, Mark F. Teaford, and Peter S. Ungar. The article is available here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248417304037.

Alex is currently a doctoral student in the Environmental Dynamics Program at the University of Arkansas.

Loyola Anthro Students, Alumni, and Faculty at April Conferences: SfAA, AAPA, and CSAS

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Loraine Arikat with her poster at SfAA's 2018 in Philadelphia.

Current students and recent alumni are out in force presenting original research alongside department faculty at the 2018 annual meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and the Central States Anthropological Society.

Representing LUC Anthro at SfAA's in Philadelphia, April 3-7 were:

Loraine Arikat, senior Anthro major, who presented a poster titled "Low Wage Work and Health: Navigating Financial Insecurities and Healthcare Accessibility." 

Katie Lantto ('17), who delivered an oral presentation titled "Survival Hospitality: An Ethnographic Study of the Relationship between Homelessness and Service Providers."

Dr. Catherine Nichols, who chaired a session on "Sustainable Museology: Leveraging Anthropology to Meet the Changing Landscape of Museums, in which she also presented a paper titled "Redistributing Collections: Lessons from the Past for Future Museum Collections Planning."

Representing LUC Anthro at AAPA's in Austin, April 11-14 are:

Taylor Emery('17), who is presenting a poster titled "Exploring Subsistence Strategies at Helton Using Dental Microwear Texture Analysis" in a session of contributed posters on "Bioarchaeology of the Americas."

Dr. Kristin Krueger, Evan Chwa ('17), and Alexandria Peterson('14), whose research on "Experimental dental microwear textures with implications for Neandertal diet," in collaboration with researchers at the University of Minnesota, was presented in an invited poster symposium on "Tooth Wear in Evolutionary and Biocultural Perspectives."

Dr. Anne Grauer, president-elect of the AAPA and 2018 recipient of the Lasker Award.

Representing LUC Anthro at CSAS in Bloomington, IN, April 19-21 are:

Ruby Winborn, senior Anthro major, who is presenting a paper titled "Experiences of Sexualization Among Young Women of Color."

Briana Wojcik, senior Anthro minor, who will present a paper titled "The Demographics of Beauty: Differing Conceptions in Chicago Neighborhoods."

Dr. Thea Strand, who will present a paper titled "Dialect Revalorization, Nonstandard Orthography, and Linguistic Subversion in Rural Norway."

From the Attic to the Web: Building the May Weber Ethnographic Digital Collection

MW digital lecture

Wednesday, April 11

12:30 - 1:30PM

CTSDH, Loyola Hall, 3rd Floor

The May Weber Ethnographic Study Collection is housed on the fourth floor of Mundelein Center. Students, faculty, and university visitors pass by this room all the time without realizing it contains a trove of aesthetically compelling objects from cultures around the world. The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities-supported project, "Decolonizing the Museum Catalogue" is an effort to increase accessibility of the collection through a digital database, while also addressing concerns about knowledge: whose knowledge does the catalogue contain? How does this knowledge shape representations of other cultures?

This talk will focus on the development of the catalogue by DH students enrolled in DIGH 500 during the Fall 2017 semester. We will discuss progress made on the project, specifically some of the challenges we encountered in translating theoretical and scholarly critiques of digitized museum catalogues into a functional, web-accessible database.

Please RSVP to Kyle Roberts (kroberts2@luc.edu) and let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

Atlas Obscura Features Dr. Nichols' Research on Museum Exchange

Nichols Atlas Obscura

Page from Anthropology Catalogue Ledgerbook. (Ledger Book, Volume 9, Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution.)

Catherine Nichols' ongoing research on the exchange of anthropological duplicates among museums, including the Smithsonian, is featured in a new Atlas Obscura article. Dr. Nichols' work is focused primarily on museum object circulation in the late nineteenth century, including long-term research at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.

The Atlas Obscura article, published April 2, is available here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/victorian-museums-swapped-artifacts.

Dr. Adams Delivers Keynote at Critical Tourism Studies Conference

Adams CTS Keynote

In early March, Dr. Kathleen Adams delivered a keynote lecture at the Inaugural Conference for Critical Tourism Studies Asia-Pacific Association held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her lecture was titled “On Gateways and “Yellow Brick Roads”: Rethinking Travel and Travelers in an era of (Im-) Mobility.”

More information about the conference is available here: https://www.criticaltourismstudies.com/inaugural-conference-march-3-6-2018.html.

"The Anthropologist" Film Screening and Q&A with Dr. Susie Crate

Anthropologist film

In concert with the 5th annual Climate Change Conference at Loyola, Dr. Susie Crate (Professor of Anthropology, Department of Environmental Science, George Mason University) will host a screening of *The Anthropologist,* a film that is part biographical story of daughters and their anthropologist mothers (Dr. Crate and her daughter and Mary Catherine Bateson and her mother, Margaret Mead), as well as a tour of various locations where indigenous peoples are being impacted by the environmental effects of climate change and being forced to consider relocation from their traditional homes. Dr. Crate has written widely on climate change and anthropology.

The film will be shown on Friday, March 16 from 11:15-1:00 in the Damen Student Center Cinema. Dr. Crate will be there for a Q&A following the film.

Dr. Grauer Elected President of AAPA, to Receive 2018 Lasker Award

Grauer president Lasker

Anthropology Professor and Chair Anne Grauer has been elected President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA). The AAPA is the leading professional organization for physical anthropologists, with more than 1,700 members around the world.

At the AAPA Annual Meeting in April, President-Elect Grauer will also be receiving the 2018 Gabriel W. Lasker Service Award. The Lasker Award was established in 2005 to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated a history of excellence in service to the AAPA, its members, and/or the field of physical anthropology.

Migration and Belonging Exhibit and Talk by Lauren Heidbrink

Heidbrink exhibit



February 19 through March 1, 2018
Information Commons (IC) 1st Floor
Loyola University Chicago
6511 N. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60626

Discussion with Lauren Heidbrink:

February 26, 2018 | 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Information Commons (IC) 4th Floor


Lauren Heidbrink's Migration and Belonging: Narratives from a Highland Town traces the pervasive and enduring impacts of migration and deportation on a highland community of Guatemala. Known as the "breadbasket" of Central America, Almolonga enjoys a thriving agricultural economy and strong community leadership; yet poverty remains significant, social inequality pronounced, alcoholism pervasive, and livable wages scarce. Migration and Belonging is a visual exhibit featuring photography, digital stories, poems, and reflections from an interdisciplinary research team. The collection offers a rich, multifaceted account of a community impacted by colonialism, state violence, and the profound impacts--both historic and contemporary-- of migration across intimate, community, and transnational levels.

Join the Department of Anthropology Department Center for the Human Rights of Children for a discussion with Migration and Belonging creator, Lauren Heidbrink on Feb. 26. The exhibit will run from February 19 through March 1, 2018 in the IC (first floor).

Undocumented to Hyperdocumented, Loyola's Dra. Aurora Chang Talks About Her New Book

Chang book talk

Undocumented to Hyperdocumented: The Power of Documentation

with Doctora Aurora Chang
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
5:30-7:00 PM | Piper Hall
Loyola University Chicago
970 W. Sheridan Rd.

Dra. Aurora Chang, Assistant Professor at Loyola's School of Education, will talk about her new book, The Struggles of Identity, Education, and Agency in the Lives of Undocumented Students: The Burden of Hyperdocumentation. Light refreshments and a book giveaway will follow.

Co-sponsored by the School of Education, Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Adams Examines Santa Fe Collection of Toraja Art

Adams Santa Fe

In late November, Kathleen Adams traveled to Santa Fe and examined a collection of Toraja materials at the behest of a curator at the Museum of International Folk Art. While there, she photo-documented a Toraja effigy of the dead, as part of a digital repatriation project she initiated over the summer, while in Indonesia. Her Toraja collaborators hope this will pave the way for locating the original sites from which these sacred effigies were stolen, and ultimately lead to full repatriation.

This project was recently featured in the headlines of the Toraja News. See: https://www.karebatoraja.com/patung-tau-tau-yang-diduga-berasal-dari-toraja-ditemukan-di-amerika/ . 

Students Attend Umbanda Religious Ceremony with Prof. Penglase in Brazil

Penglase Brazil religious ceremony

On Saturday, November 11, Prof. Ben Penglase, who is teaching in a USAC study-abroad program in Florianópolis, Brazil, took students in his Culture of Brazil class to an Umbanda religious ceremony at the Ilê de Xangô center.  Two of the center's priests, Babalorixá Tacques de Xangô and Mãe Diovana, gave a short talk about the African roots of the Brazilian religions Candomblé and Umbanda. During the ceremony, some of students - who included Loyola students Zach Holloway (International Studies major), Bella Lee (International Studies major), Mike O'Donnell (Anthropology major), Kerry Snider (Sociology-Anthropology major) and Colleen Wimmer (Anthropology minor) - were able to consult with devotees who incorporated the spirits of Pretos Velhos (Old African Slaves), asking the spirits for advice and receiving their spiritual cleansing.

Loyola Faculty at the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting

AAA 2017

Drs. Adams, Gomberg-Muñoz, and Penglase participated in the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, presenting original research and contributing to disciplinary discussions of museums, migration policies, and Olympic legacies.

Kathleen Adams presented the paper  “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water? From Advocate to Canary to Culture Broker: Reflections on Engagement and our Shifting Roles (via the Case of Stolen Effigies of the Dead).”  This was presented as part of the panel “Museum Anthropology in the Age of Engagement,”   sponsored by the Council for Museum Anthropology. 

Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz served as chair and presenter on the Executive Session roundtable “Detained on Trumped-Up Charges: Migrants and the Ascendant U.S. Security-State.” She also served as discussant for the panel “#NoBanNoMuro/SanctuaryForAll: Local and Transborder Resistance to Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Muslim Policies in Trump’s America,” sponsored by the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists. Finally, Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz acted as chair for the Invited roundtable session “How’s the Trumpocene Era Going? Anthropologists Reflect on the Past Year,” co-sponsored by the American Ethnological Society and the Association for Feminist Anthropology.

Ben Penglase presented a paper titled “The Jewel of the Subúrbio: Parque Madureira and the Legacy of the 2016 Rio Olympics.” His presentation was part of the panel “Did the Olympics Change Rio? Anthropological Contributions to the Public Debate about Olympic Legacies,” sponsored by the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.

Salvadoran Congresswoman Marina Alvarenga at LUC Nov. 6!

Alvarenga talk

Congresswoman Alvarenga will address migration challenges facing El Salvador, including mass deportations from the United States. Last year, over 50,000 Salvadorans were deported from Mexico and the United States. Now, El Salvador must prepare for the potential deportation of more than 200,000 DACA and TPS recipients who have lived in the US for decades and face separation from their US-born children and other relatives.

The talk will be at 4:00 p.m., Nov. 6, in McCormick Lounge. It is the first event in the 2017-18 Anthropology Department Speaker Series on the theme of Mobility and Immobility. Congresswoman Alvarenga's talk is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, Latin American and Latinx Studies Program, Department of Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

Dr. Penglase and Students Attend Soccer Match in Brazil

Brazil Penglase students

On Sunday, October 29, Prof. Ben Penglase, who is teaching in a USAC study abroad program in Florianopolis, Brazil, took students in his Culture of Brazil class to watch local soccer team Avai play against third-placed Gremio. The students - including Loyola students Mike O'Donnell (Anthropology major), Colleen Wimmer (Anthropology minor) and Bella Lee (International Studies major) -  watched an exciting 2-2 game and experienced Brazilian passion for futebol first-hand. They also report expanding the more colorful side of their Portuguese vocabulary.

Dr. Krueger Publishes "A Guide to Teaching Race after Charlottesville"

Krueger AN Race

Dr. Kristin Krueger's timely essay, titled "Tackling the Elephant in the Room: A Guide to Teaching Race after Charlottesville," reflects on best practices for teaching about race in the anthropology classroom. She includes specific lessons and helpful strategies for addressing human variation and ideas about race in both introductory and advanced classes, urging other anthropologists to incorporate lessons on race and racism, tackle the issues head-on, and avoid taking a neutral stance when confronting racism.

Access Dr. Krueger's essay here: https://web.archive.org/web/20170904161053/http://www.anthropology-news.org:80/index.php/2017/08/25/tackling-the-elephant-in-the-room/.

New Alum Claire Abell Wins CSAS Undergraduate Paper Award

Abell CSAS award

Claire Abell (BA '17) presented her original paper, titled "Sun, Sea, and the Romantic Other: American Travel Writing on Oman," as part of a panel organized by Dr. Kathleen Adams at the Spring 2017 Central States Anthropological Society Annual Meeting. Abell's paper was also entered in the CSAS Undergraduate Paper Competition, and she won the best paper award, which included a prize of $300.

’17 Anthro Grads and Recent Alumni Heading to Grad School

Anthony Adams (’16) has been accepted into a Master’s program in Environmental Studies for environmental planning and management with a certificate in Geographical Information Science.

Nicole Claudio (’17) will begin her studies in the Master of Arts in Museology program at the University of Washington Seattle in Fall 2017.

Kait Madsen (’15) has been accepted to the Master’s program in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She will attend on a full scholarship.

Maggie Miller (’17) will attend Trinity College in Dublin for a M.Phil. in Public History and Cultural Heritage in AY 2017-18.

Amanda Sorensen (’17) was accepted to the Smithsonian Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA), a NSF cultural anthropology graduate methods training program, with full funding to spend four weeks at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Her SIMA project considers how collector identity is represented in a particular collection, analyzing five Cheyenne collections that were collected by four collectors with very different identities. Amanda will also begin a Master’s program in cultural and museum anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Fall 2017.

Congratulations to Our Graduating Seniors!

Grad awards 2017

The 2017 Anthropology Student Celebration, held on April 28, was bigger and better than ever, featuring dozens of student research posters, awards for outstanding graduating seniors, and plenty of merriment, as department faculty, staff, and students were joined by friends and family to recognize the impressive work and accomplishments of the last year.


This year's Chardin Award, presented to the most outstanding graduates in Anthropology, went to Emma Hall and Amanda Sorensen.

The Buechel Award, recognizing substantial work on social justice issues alongside an excellent academic record, was given to Judith Kyrkos.

As the outstanding graduate in the Anthropology-Sociology joint BA program, Margaret Meagher was presented with the Durkheim Award.

In the awards for each subfield of Anthropology, David Hanley was named outstanding graduate in Archaeology.


The award for outstanding accomplishments in Cultural Anthropology was given to Nicole Claudio and Hannah Scott.

In Linguistic Anthropology, Sofia Ballicora was recognized as the outstanding graduate.

Congratulations and best wishes to all of our award winners and graduating seniors!

Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz and Kristin Krueger Awarded for Research and Teaching Excellence

Sujack 2017

Anthropology was well represented with two winners among the 2017 Sujack Award recipients. The Sujack Awards recognize research and teaching excellence throughout the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz received CAS' highest honor for research, the Sujack Family Award for Faculty Research Excellence, recognizing her accomplishments in work with undocumented migrants and their families.

Dr. Kristin Krueger won a Master Teacher Award for her outstanding work in the classroom.

Nell Haynes to Speak on Indigenous Bolivian Women Wrestlers

Haynes Global Cholas talk
Global Cholas: Reworking Authenticity and Indigeneity in Bolivian Lucha Libre
Dr. Nell Haynes
Thursday, April 27th at 4pm
Cuneo 109
In the early 2000s, a group of women in La Paz, Bolivia began wrestling in exhibition events while wearing the traditional “de pollera” clothing of urban indigenous women. They dubbed themselves the “cholitas luchadoras” [wrestling cholas]. This character name draws on the word chola, a name which has historically been used in derogatory ways but more recently has become a sort of national icon and is reclaimed in certain instances. These women, over the past 15 years have gained great fame among both tourists and locals in La Paz. Bolivian lucha libre draws its lineage from wrestling in Mexico and the United States, but travelers often assume it represents a traditional form, given the characters and costuming representing urban indigenous women. The luchadoras creatively rework tourists’ assumptions that they are “traditional” peoples performing in “exotic” events, utilizing these perceptions and resulting media attention to claim cosmopolitan identities, while maintaining positioning as “authentic” indigenous women. These women gain social status and mobility, and present themselves as positive representatives of Bolivian women for a global audience. At the same time, they alert us to the ways that definitions of authenticity shift as cultural hybridity and exchange become more commonplace.
This event is sponsored by the Chardin Anthropological Society.

LUC Anthro Students and Faculty at the Society for Applied Anthropology 2017 Meeting

SfAA 2017

Loyola Anthropology was well represented at the 2017 SfAA's, with five students presenting original research, as well as participation by Drs. Adams and Gomberg-Muñoz. Titles and formats for each are below.

Katie Lantto chaired a panel called "Perspectives on Refugees, Migrants, and Immigrant’s Experience," on which she presented a paper titled "Doubly American: An Inspection of the Ethical Implications of Mexican Adoptions in the US."

As part of a panel on "Dealing with the 'C' Word: What Does 'Community' Mean in Museum Practice," Amanda Sorensen presented a paper titled "Hominid See Hominid Do: Visitor Perspectives on Human Evolution."

Mia LaRocca and Karina Fierro presented original research on "Latinx Health: Mapping Community Resources for Chicago’s Immigrant Population" in poster format, a project with contributions from co-author David Treering.

Alice Thompson also presented a poster titled "Falling through the Cracks: Gendered Implications of the DACA Application Process."

Participating in a panel on "Identity, Power, and Policy in Heritage Tourism," Dr. Kathleen Adams gave a paper titled "Paying Homage to Heritage: Ancestral Tourism and Identity Explorations in Upland Sulawesi, Indonesia."

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz chaired and participated in a roundtable discussion on "Immigration Politics After the Election."

Abstracts and additional details on the 2017 SfAA meeting are available here: http://www.sfaa.net/files/9014/8969/0697/2017_Final_Program.pdf.

Students Elizabeth Bajjalieh and Claire Abell Present at CSAS 2017

CSAS 2017

Anthropology students Liz Bajjelieh and Claire Abell presented papers alongside Dr. Kathleen Adams at the 2017 Central States Anthropological Society annual meeting, held in Lincoln, Nebraska, in early April. The topic of the panel was "Touristic Imagery and the Shaping of Sensibilities about Self and Other." Claire's paper was titled "Sun, Sea, and the Romantic Other: American Travel Writing on Oman," and Liz's was titled "The Real Experience: Online Brochure Analysis of Peace Corps Advertising." Dr. Adams presented on her long-term ethnographic research in Indonesia, with a paper titled "Touring the Ancestral Homeland: Exploring Heritage and Revisiting Self and Other in the Hinterlands of Indonesia." The three Loyola anthropologists were joined on the panel by discussant Phyllis Passariello of Centre College. The panel is pictured above, from L to R: Bajjelieh, Adams, Abell, and Passariello.

Paper abstracts and additional conference details are available here: http://csas.americananthro.org/csas-2017-conference-abstracts/.

Dr. Adams to Give Brownbag Talk on Indonesian Homeland Travel

Adams Homeland Travel talk
How can anthropology speak to the complex emotional, social and cultural terrain of a world where displacement is increasingly the norm? That is, how might we address the multiple realities of life in a gated globe, where “home”, for some, is a place of longing, for others of belonging, and for still others it is neither or both? Kathleen Adams's talk draws on the prism of homeland travel to address some of these questions, focusing in particular on her on-going research with far-flung Indonesian migrants whose recreational returns to the homeland (either via touristic pilgrimages or Facebook cyber-returns) for international festivals and family rituals entail varied experiences of inclusion and exclusion, as well as re-imaginings of identity and ethnic, religious and national heritage.
Monday, April 3
12:30 p.m.
Cuneo 302
Sponsored by the Chardin Anthropological Society

Dr. Jill Forshee to Speak on Sumba Textiles through Time

Jill Forshee talk

Photo credit: Julie Calcagno

In conjunction with Grace Iverson's ongoing exhibition of Indonesian textiles from the May Weber Collection, Jill Forshee will present a talk entitled "Enfolding Life, Death, History, and Flux: Sumba Textiles through Time" at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in IES 123/124.

Vibrantly pictorial textiles from the island of Sumba, Indonesia have long marked social rank through impressive motifs and rich colors. These prestigious fabrics offer meaning and stability in their skillful and symbolic expressions, retelling stories of existence. They also visibly reveal influences from outsiders, such as Dutch colonial powers across Indonesia. In recent decades, Sumba textiles have entered the commodity flow of a global "ethnic arts" market. Forshee will present something of local culture along with shifts and changes in fabrics in past and present times.

Dr. Forshee's talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Grace Iverson's exhibit, Women's Work: Sumba Textiles From the May Weber Collection, is on display on the second floor of the Damen Student Center through April 15.

Student-Curated Exhibit of Indonesian Textiles Opening March 15

Grace Iverson opening

Photo credit: Julie Calcagno

Grace Iverson, a Johnson Scholar and graduating senior in Anthropology, will open her exhibit Women's Work: Sumba Textiles from the May Weber Collection on the second floor of the Damen Student Center (outside the MPR rooms) on Wednesday, March 15. This exhibit is a result of two years of research in the collection and will feature 26 of the cloths from Sumba, Indonesia. The exhibit will run through April 15.

Loyola's Gannon Center for Women and Leadership is hosting an opening reception for the exhibit on March 15 from 4:30-6:00 p.m., at which Grace will present a gallery talk introducing the exhibit. The reception is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. RSVP's for the opening reception are requested: please email Carol Coyne ccoyne@luc.edu.

Old Media, Anthropology, and the Digital Return

Hannah Turner talk

Card Catalog, “The World”, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, UK. Photo Courtesy of Hannah Turner.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Lake Shore Campus, IES 123

Hannah Turner, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Interactive Art and Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University (SFU), Vancouver, BC, will discuss how objects collected during ethnographic or anthropological research (in particular from North American Indigenous communities) became scientific tools and sources of evidence in museums.

This talk will introduce a media history of anthropology by looking at the technologies and visualization strategies that have been used to document and record material culture. By giving a history of these bureaucratic technologies (like collecting guides, ledger books, catalog cards and modern databases) it will contextualize how scientific objectivity came to stand in for originating communities¿ perspectives and ideas about the world. Today, as museums and communities experiment with new technologies and visualizations (like 3D Scanning and printing) as well as new protocols and methods for collaborative mediation, an uneasy balance is struck between technological innovation and cultural history preservation. How do past infrastructures influence contemporary engagements with material culture for repatriation or digital return work? Do new visualizations of objects lead to new knowledges? Ultimately, this talk will argue that a historicized approach to understanding media technologies is integral to understanding the ways in which knowledge has been practiced and performed in ethnographic museums through time.

Cosponsored with the Department of Anthropology and the Public History Program

Dr. Butler Contributes to New Volume on Islamic Education in Africa

Butler Islamic Ed chapter

Dr. Butler contributed a chapter to Islamic Education in Africa: Writing Boards and Black Boards.  His chapter, "Collapsed pluralities: Islamic education, learning, and creativity in Niger," discusses new forms and uses of schools in Muslim communities in Niger.

​Information about the book can be found here and here:



A review of the volume in American Ethnologist offers strong praise: "By showing in meticulous detail the enduring and unwavering commitments of African Muslims to Islamic education while providing persuasive explanations about how and why knowledge transmission has continued to be the central bone of contention that divides them, it is a landmark in the anthropology of education."​

Bringing art to life


Christian Franck, a student in the Department of Anthropology’s museum studies internship course, holds a puppet that will be in LUMA’s upcoming exhibition on Indonesian puppetry. (Photo: Natalie Battaglia)

By Anna Gaynor 

Starting this February, the Loyola University Museum of Art and the Department of Anthropology will make you rethink puppetry.


What: “Wayang: The Art of Indonesian Puppetry”
When: February 4–June 3, 2017
Where: Loyola University Museum of Art; 820 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago
• Learn more at the LUMA website.

While many people think of children’s TV shows when they hear the word “puppet,” in reality, the Indonesian pieces on display at LUMA are part of a regional, historical, and artistic tradition dating back to the 10th century.

“It’s fun because this isn’t something, at least from my experience, most people really know about,” said Liz Bajjalieh, an anthropology major. “I’m taking this little shadow puppet from a little corner of the world, so an entire other world of people can experience it.”

In addition to shadows puppets, known as wayang kulit, the new LUMA exhibit will showcase wayang golek, hand-carved wooden puppets. Students have taken on every aspect of putting together the exhibit—from researching the pieces, writing display text, and designing displays.

“Part of me is excited because this is the first time that a project I’ve done in an academic space isn’t just within the confines of the classroom,” Bajjalieh said. “This is applied. This is somewhere where Loyola students and LUMA’s neighbors will actually see my work. I get to educate people.”

The collection

LUMA’s curator, Natasha Ritsma, first approached Catherine Nichols, a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, about having students create and develop an exhibit featuring pieces from Loyola’s May Weber Ethnographic Study Collection.

“This has been a wonderful opportunity for a nice partnership between our department, this collection, and LUMA,” said Nichols, the instructor of the course Internship in Anthropology: Museum Studies. “Prior to May’s passing, she had actually shown parts of this collection at LUMA before. I think it’s exciting to have some of these objects that have been shown in museums before—but now they’re being curated by our students.”

The big challenge is what Nichols calls “contextualizing” each piece. That means understanding the character as well as its role in Indonesian culture and storytelling. Teaching lessons about history and morality, these performances are a normal part of social life in Java, the island where these puppets came from.

The puppets represent a small part of the entire Weber collection, which includes pieces from Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Latin America. Gerry Hoffman, Weber’s husband, said his wife was a psychiatrist and was always interested in how the human mind worked—but she also found art and beauty in ordinary things.

“One of her deep beliefs is that people ought to be surrounded by beautiful things and sometimes that beauty could be found in the most unlikely things,” he said. “Like a spoon, the most prosaic object you can imagine, might have a handle that is the most glorious piece of sculpture that is totally irrelevant to its use as a spoon but in her mind it was relevant. It was something nice to look at.”

Interactive art

Hoffman said though they were in the process of finding a permanent home for the 2,500-piece collection when Weber passed away in 2012, she would appreciate the way Loyola students are invited to interact with the collection.

“Merely looking at a piece is insufficient. You ought to handle a piece,” Hoffman said. “The fact that a lot of these pieces ended up in the hands of students would be very pleasing to her.” 

Meg Ruddy, an art history major who wanted to learn more about art conservation, also hasn’t missed the beauty in the wayang pieces. Her hope is that she can make them more relatable to museum visitors.

“It’s very cool how much effort went into detail and color—the color especially,” Ruddy said. “When they’re in use, you’re not going to see the color. You see the shadow that it gives. I love seeing that so much time and care went into the construction of something that viewers may not even ever see. I think that shows a real passion of the artist, which I appreciate.”

Loyola Faculty Present at AAA 2016

AAA 2016

Loyola Anthropology was well represented at this year's Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, held in Minneapolis in mid-November.

Dr. Kathleen Adams spoke as a Discussant for a session on "Tourism in a Time of Terror: Accidents, Affect, and Insecurity."

Dr. Philip Arnold also served as a Discussant, contributing to a session titled "Ceramic Ecology XXX: Current Advances in Ceramic Research."

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz presented original research in a paper titled "Good Moral Character and the Legalization Process: Bureaucratic Whitening in a Postracial United States," which was part of a session on "Paper Trails: Migrants, Bureaucratic Evidence, and Legal Recognition in the Global North." She also acted as a Discussant for a session focused on "The Dialectics of Power and Points of Escape: Refugees, Undocumented Migrants, and Survivors."

Dr. Thea Strand presented original research in a paper titled "Tradition as Innovation: Dialect Revitalization in Rural Norwegian Youth Culture," as part of a session on "Re-Imagining Language Revitalization in Contemporary Europe."

Mostra Brazilian Film Series Screenings at Loyola Nov. 5-15

Mostra VII

The schedule of events at Loyola is below. More information on the films and the full schedule of events can be found at mostrafilmseries.org.

SATURDAY – November 5 @ 3:00 PM
Damen Theater
1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL

Feature Fiction: Women in Power
Director Gustavo Acioli in attendance


SATURDAY – November 5 @ 7:00 PM
Crown Center Auditorium
1001 W Loyola Ave

Feature Doc: 4All
Producer and screenwriter Peppe Siffredi in attendance


SATURDAY – November 12 @ 5:00 PM
Crown Center
1001 W Loyola Ave., Chicago, IL

Feature Fiction: California
Director Marina Person in attendance.


SATURDAY – November 12 @ 7:00 PM
Crown Center Auditorium
1001 W Loyola Ave

Feature Doc: Samba & Jazz
Director Jefferson Mello in attendance


MONDAY – November 14 @ 4:00 PM
Flanner Hall Auditorium (FM 133)
1068 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL

Feature Fiction: Homegrown Garden


MONDAY – November 14 @ 5:00 PM
Flanner Hall Auditorium (FM 133)
1068 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL

Feature Doc: From the Dust of the Earth  


MONDAY – November 14 @ 7:00 PM
(Lake Shore Campus)
Damen Theater
1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL

Feature Fiction: California
Director Marina Person in attendance.


TUESDAY – November 15 @ 4:00PM
Damen Theater
1032 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL

Feature Doc. Sunday Ball
Brazilian Film Critic Flávia Guerra in attendance

Dr. Langlie Featured in IES Research Seminar on Nov. 15

Langlie IES talk

Dr. BrieAnna Langlie is a full-time instructor in Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. She specializes in paleoethnobotany in the Andes Mountains of South America. She is interested in the development and long-term sustainability of agricultural systems.

Recently she has been studying how terraced fields, cropping schemes, and foodways were tuned to warfare and climate oscillations for a large community living in the hinterlands near Lake Titicaca between AD 1100 and 1450. She is also involved in ongoing and collaborative research on agricultural terraces, and the domestication of quinoa, potatoes, and other Andean crops.

Her talk in the IES Research Seminar Series is titled "Farming and Warfare in the Ancient Peruvian Andes," to held on Nov. 15 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in IES 123.

David Hanley Presents at Midwest Archeological Conference

Hanley MAC 2016

David Hanley, a senior major in Anthropology, recently presented original research from his 2016 Provost Fellowship project at the 60th Annual Midwest Archaeological Conference, held in October in Iowa City. His research was supervised by Dr. Dan Amick, and their MAC presentation was titled "Spatial Analysis of Subsurface Metal Artifacts at 11MH515: an Early 19th Century Pioneer Farmstead in Northern Illinois."

Dr. Adams to Give Keynote Lecture at the 2016 Annual Congress of the Swiss Anthropological Association

Adams Switzerland keynote

Professor Kathleen Adams will be giving the Keynote Lecture for the 2016 Annual Congress of the Swiss Anthropological Association. The talk title is “Longing and Belonging: Reflections on Anthropology through the Prism of Homeland Travel” and the talk will be in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Friday, Nov 11. 

Sarah Horton to Speak on Migrant Worker Health

Sarah Horton talk

Dr. Horton is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver and the author of "They Leave Their Kidneys in the Fields" (2015). Her talk on Oct. 6 at 4:00 is titled "Ghost Workers: The Labor Implications of Governing Immigration Through Crime." It will be held in Cuneo 109. The talk is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.


Dr. Adams Gives Invited Lecture at the East-West Center and University of Hawaii

Kathleen East West

In August 2016, Dr. Kathleen Adams gave an invited lecture on “Crafting Ethnic and Cultural Identities in Indonesia” for a group of faculty members participating in the “Infusing Southeast Asian Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum” Faculty Development Program. The program is a part of the Asian Studies Development Program, a collaborative effort of the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii. More information is available at: http://www.asdp-infusinginstitute.org.

Dr. Nichols Contributes to Special Issue of Museum Anthropology

Nichols Museum Anthro

Dr. Catherine Nichols has a new article available in the Fall 2016 issue of Museum Anthropology, entitled “Exchanging Anthropological Duplicates at the Smithsonian Institution”. The theme issue examines critical histories of museum catalogues. 

Dr. Penglase Publishes Essay on Lochte Olympic Scandal

Penglase Oympics

Ben Penglase recently penned an article for the Huffington Post on responses to Ryan Lochte and violence during the Olympics. It is titled "Ryan Lochte and Darlene da Silva," available here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/american-anthropological-association/ryan-lochte-and-darlene-d_b_11652698.html

Earlier in August, Dr. Penglase was also quoted in the Chicago Tribune, in an article addressing the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and limited recreational opportunities for favela residents: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/international/ct-favela-impact-olympics-spt-0807-20160806-story.html

New Article by Dr. Nichols in History and Anthropology

Nichols History and Anthro

Dr. Catherine Nichols has a new coauthored (with Nancy J. Parezo) article available in History and Anthropology,entitled “Social and Material Connections: Otis T. Mason’s European Grand Tour and Collections Exchanges.” 

New Article by Dr. Adams in Asian Journal of Tourism Research

Adams AJTR article

Dr. Kathleen Adams has recently published an article the Asian Journal of Tourism Research, titled "Tourism and Ethnicity in Insular Southeast Asia: Eating, Praying, Loving, and Beyond." It is available here: http://asiantourismresearch.cmu.ac.th/Read.php?id=1

Two New Articles by Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz

RGM articles May 16
Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz has just published an article on US citizen women with undocumented spouses in the May issue of American Ethnologist (43(2)). The article is titled "The Juárez Wives Club: Gendered Citizenship and U.S. Immigration Law."
She also has a new article in North American Dialogue (19(1)) addressing youth activism after implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It is co-authored with Jorge Mena Robles and titled "Activism After DACA: Lessons from Chicago’s Immigrant Youth Justice League."

Dr. Penglase Publishes New Article on Soccer, Scandal, Security and Race in Brazil

Penglase Brasiliana article

Adriano (in white) and Vagner Love (center right), two of the soccer players that Ben Penglase writes about in the article.

The article, titled "Pacifying the Empire of Love: Sport, Spectacle, Security in Rio de Janeiro," was just published in Brasiliana: The Journal for Brazilian Studies (4(2)). It is part of a special issue addressing Pacification, Violence, and Geographies of Class and Race in Rio de Janeiro, available here: http://ojs.statsbiblioteket.dk/index.php/bras/index.

Anthropology Gala and Senior Awards 2016

Gala 2016

Samya Abu-Orf and Naveen Kanji, recipients of the 2016 Chardin Award

This year’s Anthropology Gala featured student research presentations from across the subfields, awards for outstanding graduating seniors, and live music performed by Drs. Arnold (guitar) and Amick (banjo).

Senior award winners were:

  • Samya Abu-Orf, Chardin Award (Outstanding graduate in Anthropology)
  • Naveen Kanji, Chardin Award (Outstanding graduate in Anthropology)
  • River Simpson, Buechel Award (Outstanding graduate working on social justice issues) and Outstanding graduate in Cultural Anthropology
  • Hannah Patten, Outstanding graduate in Archaeology
  • Rebecca Zavala, Durkheim Award (Outstanding graduate in the joint Sociology-Anthropology major)

New York Review of Books Mentions Dr. Penglase's 'Living with Insecurity'

Penglase NYRB mention

Dr. Ben Penglase’s Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela: Urban Violence and Daily Life was recently mentioned in the New York Review of Books. In an article reviewing books about Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, the reviewer called Dr. Penglase’s ethnography a "lively account." 

The review article is available here: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2016/05/12/rio-the-war-of-the-favelas/

Dr. Adams Named Master Researcher

Dr. Kathleen Adams, Professor of Anthropology, received a Master Researcher Award at this year’s Sujack Awards ceremony on April 25. The Sujack Awards recognize outstanding faculty contributions to teaching and research in the College of Arts and Sciences. Congratulations!

Weekend of Excellence Anthropology Research Presentations

Students presenting research in Anthropology included:

Amanda Sorensen with a Provost Fellowship project entitled "Indigeneity of the Past, Indigeneity in the Present," based on ethnography at National Museum of Mexican Art as part of Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Munoz's ANTH 317: Qualitative Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

Grace Iverson with a project entitled "Women's Work and Creative Innovation in Textiles from Sumba, Indonesia," her research for a Johnson Scholarship utilizing the May Weber Collection, supervised by Dr. Catherine Nichols

David Hanley with a Provost Fellowship project examining molar wear patterns in Neanderthals and early modern humans, supervised by Dr. Kristin Krueger

Naveen Kanji with a project entitled "Health and Lifeways of the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Hayes Point Dump in Chicago," her research for a Provost Fellowship in 2015-16, supervised by Dr. Daniel Amick

Dr. Penglase Speaking at Loyola's Corboy Law Center on April 21

Penglase WTC book talk

Dr. Ben Penglase, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at Loyola University Chicago, will discuss his recent book, Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela (Rutgers University Press) at Loyola's Corboy Law Center (25 E. Pearson St.) on Thursday, April 21, at 6:30 p.m. His book focuses on how drug trafficking, police violence and other forms of less visible structural violence shape the daily lives of residents in a favela in Rio de Janeiro. He will look, in particular, at how people perceive safety or insecurity. The talk will be held in Room 206, and it will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Naveen Kanji (BS '16) Heading to Stritch

Naveen Kanji Stritch

Graduating senior Anthropology major Naveen Kanji will attend Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine beginning in Fall 2016. Congratulations!

She is pictured at the Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, part of Loyola's Weekend of Excellence 2016, where she presented research for a Provost Fellowship.

Dr. Adams to Speak at UCLA’s Fowler Museum

Adams Fowler talk

Dr. Adams will join five other scholars making presentations at an upcoming UCLA (Fowler Museum) one-day symposium on “Art of the Austronesians: The Legacy of Indo-Pacific Voyaging.” Her presentation is titled “Art and Ancestors: Toraja Visual Arts As World Heritage.” The April 23rd  symposium is free and open to the public. Dr. Adams would be delighted to see Loyola anthropology alum living in the L.A. area at the symposium. For details, see: http://www.international.ucla.edu/asia/event/11793.

Anthro Students Receive LUROP Awards for 2016-17

Five Anthropology students have received LUROP (Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) awards for the coming academic year.

Amanda Sorensen, a rising senior Anthropology major, has been awarded a Provost Fellowship for her research project: "Visitors as meaning-makers on human evolution at the Field Museum’s Evolving Planet exhibit”. Amanda will work with research mentor Dr. Catherine Nichols as she completes her project.

Evan Chwa, an Anthropology minor, was awarded a Mulcahy Scholarship for this upcoming academic year. He will be working with Dr. Kristin Krueger on an experimental dental microwear project to better understand how microwear textures form with known diets, with implications for early hominin paleoecology.

Mia LaRocca, a rising Junior in Anthropology, has won a Social Justice Research Award.

Karina Fierro, a Senior majoring in Anthropology, has also won a Social Justice Research Award.

Karishma Bali has received a Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award.

New Article by Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz in Citizenship Studies

RGM Citizenship Studies

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz has a new coauthored (with Abby C. Wheatley) article available in Citizenship Studies, entitled "Keep Moving: Collective Agency on the Migrant Trail." More details and article access are available here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13621025.2016.1158351.

Francesca Gervasi ('16) Awarded Graduate Fellowship at Merrimack College

Gervasi grad school

Francesca Gervasi (’16) will begin her Masters of Education in Community Engagement at Merrimack College (North Andover, MA) in May 2016. She was awarded a fellowship, where she will be working at the nonprofit organization Bread and Roses. As a soup kitchen and community center,they provide assistance to people suffering from homelessness, addiction, mental illness, or abuse.

Dr. Angela Stuesse to Speak on Race and Worker Justice

Stuesse talk

Based on six years of research in Mississippi’s chicken processing plants and communities, as well as collaboration with a local workers’ center, anthropologist Angela Stuesse will discuss connections between the area’s long history of racial inequality, the industry’s drive to lower labor costs, and immigrants’ contested place in contemporary social relations. She will also consider workers’ prospects for political mobilization, arguing for organizing strategies that bring diverse working communities together in mutual construction of a more just future.

The talk will be held on Monday, April 4, from 4:30-6:00 p.m., in IES 123/124.

Dr. Nichols contributes to special issue of Collaborative Anthropologies

Nichols Collaborative Anthro pub

Dr. Catherine Nichols’s article “Shared Values, Gifted Objects: The Smithsonian Institution’s Anthropological Duplicates” was recently published in a special issue of Collaborative Anthropologies. Her article considers how Smithsonian collections sent to Fairfield, Iowa in the late nineteenth century can inform future museum collaborations. 

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz to Speak at the University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz will speak at the University of Pittsburgh as part of a workshop at the Global Studies Center on April 8-9, 2016. Her talk will focus on "Gendered Experiences of Migration, Gentrification, and Displacement."

Dr. Adams Guest Edits Special Issue of Museum Anthropology

Adams Museum Anthro special issue

Dr. Kathleen Adams recently guest edited a special issue of Museum Anthropology on “Teaching with Objects.” The issue includes an article by Adams entitled “Back to the Future? Emergent Visions for Object-Based Teaching in and Beyond the Classroom.” See: Museum Anthropology. Vol 38(2): 88-95.

Dr. Nichols to Speak at Colorado College

Nichols Colorado College

Dr. Catherine Nichols will discuss her doctoral research on the history of anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution in the talk, "Trading Specimens: The Exchange of Anthropological Duplicates by the Smithsonian Institution,” on April 5, 2016. The event is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Museum Studies minor program, and the Southwest Studies department.

Dr. Adams Honored by Critical Tourism Studies Asia-Pacific

Adams CTSAP Board

Dr. Kathleen Adams was recently named “Distinguished Honorary Member of the Board” of Critical Tourism Studies Asia-Pacific.

Critical Tourism Studies-Asia Pacific (CTS-AP) is an international, interdisciplinary consortium for academics, community members and tourism practitioners. CTS-AP facilitates networking opportunities, the exchange of ideas, research collaboration as well as conversations that critically address contemporary issues in tourism studies.

Dr. Nichols leads Alternative Break Immersion to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Dr. Nichols Leads ABI

Dr. Nichols and six Loyola undergraduates recently spent their Spring Break as guests of the Oglala Lakota. They served at Red Cloud Indian School, learning from traditional knowledge specialists, and visiting important cultural and historical sites such as Wounded Knee and the Black Hills. 

Dr. Adams co-leads Alternative Break Immersion to El Salvador

Adams ABI El Salvador


Dr. Kathleen Adams, Co-leader Becky Ramirez-Malagon (Coordinator Services for Students with Disabilities, LUC) and ten Loyola students spent ten days in El Salvador in January, 2016 learning about contemporary and historical social justice issues. They visited Civil War sites, memorials to social justice martyrs, women’s cooperatives, museums and galleries and learned from local counterparts about contemporary social issues pertaining to women, children and migration.


Dr. Krueger to Speak at UW-Milwaukee

Dr. Kristin Krueger will be giving a workshop and research talk at UW-Milwaukee on Friday, February 5th. She will be doing a workshop on molding and casting teeth and she will be discussing her research on "Dental evidence for variation in Neandertal behavior".

Dr. Penglase Publishes Interview with Rolker Gracie

Penglase Rolker IV

An interview that Dr. Ben Penglase carried out with Rolker Gracie, on the history of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, was just published in The Rio Reader (Duke University Press, 2016).  Rolker Gracie is the son of Helio Gracie (one of the people who developed Brazilian jiu-jitsu), and is the brother of Royce Gracie (who fought in the first UFCs) and mixed martial arts legend Rickson Gracie.

Faculty Presentations at AAA 2015

AAA 2015

Several of Loyola's cultural and linguistic anthropology faculty took part in the American Anthropological Association's 114th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado in late November.

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz presented an original research paper titled "Intimate Indifference: Mixed Status Families and U.S. Immigration Processing," part of a panel on Suspended Animation: Waiting, Uncertainty, and the Politics of Immigration Relief.

Dr. Catherine Nichols presented an original research paper titled "A Master Negotiator: Enrico Giglioli’s Interventions in Museum Collections Exchange at the Smithsonian Institution," part of a panel she organized on Afterlives: Interventions in Museum Collections and Ethnographic Contexts. 

Dr. Ben Penglase offered discussant comments as part of a panel on The Unexamined Everyday.

Dr. Thea Strand presented an original research paper titled "Commodifying Rurality in the Norwegian Linguistic Landscape," part of a panel she organized on Interpreting Linguistic Landscapes: Familiar and Strange(r) Perspectives.

Dr. Krueger Contributes to New Companion to Dental Anthropology Book

Krueger Companion Chapter

Dr. Kristin Krueger recently had a book chapter published in A Companion to Dental Anthropology, edited by Joel Irish and G. Richard Scott. Her chapter is called "Dentition, Behavior, and Diet Determination."

Join Us for the May Weber Masquerade on October 29!

May Weber Masquerade

Mende Helmet Mask, May Weber Collection

An evening of fun awaits at Chardin's masquerade ball! Located in the beautiful Palm Court, the May Weber Masquerade will include a costume contest, May Weber artifact display, games, music, yummy food, and more!

Anthropology Department Open House

The Annual Open House and Fall Celebration was held on Oct. 16, with raffle prizes, a trivia contest, and plenty of food and fun.

Dr. Adams gives Keynote at International Conference on Tourism and Ethnicity

Kathleen Thailand Lectures

Dr. Kathleen Adams pictured with conference organizers, the host university vice president, and other keynote lecturers.

In August, Prof. Adams gave a Keynote Lecture entitled “Tourism and Ethnicity in Insular Southeast Asia: Eating, Praying, Loving and Beyond” at the International Conference on Tourism and Ethnicity in ASEAN and Beyond held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. While in Thailand, Dr. Adams gave a second more informal keynote talk on publishing for faculty at Chiang Mai University.

New Article by Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz on Immigration Processing

Ruth JEMS 2015

Ruth Romberg-Muñoz has a new article in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, titled "The Punishment/El Castigo: Undocumented Latinos and U.S. Immigration Processing." It is available online here: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2015.1056118​.

Anthropology Student-Alumni Meeting

Several LUC Anthropology graduates will be on campus and available to meet with current students on Friday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m. If you have questions about life after graduation, graduate school in anthropology, or working in the Peace Corps, this will be a great opportunity to get answers and make connections with departmental alumni.  For more information, please contact Dr. Amick.

Son Jarocho Concert Oct 29th

Get ready to celebrate the end of Latino Heritage Month and the Day of the Dead with a concert! Featuring Afro-Mexicano and Son Jarocho performances by Loyola alum Mercedes Inez Martinez and the renowned Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras. In addition to the music, there will be Latin American cuisine, crafts, and more.October 29 at 8:00 p.m. in Mundelein Auditorium.

Ethnographic Collaboration on Indigenous Environmental Activism

Dr. Graham will show and discuss her film, Owners of the Water, which examines efforts by Xavante indigenous activists to protect a river in the Brazilian Amazon from the effects of uncontrolled soy production. Dr. Graham's film was made in collaboration with the Xavante and with a Wayuu indigenous film-maker. Among the issues the film examines is how the Xavante deliberately use their culture to draw attention to the use of agrotoxins in the Rio das Mortes, how the Xavante build networks with different Amazonian peoples, and how they promote indigenous modes of knowledge about the environment. A preview is available here.

Anthropology Career Panel

Wondering what to do with your Anthropology degree upon graduation? Wondering about the job market or graduate school options? Wonder no more! Come to our Anthropology Career Day Panel, speak to LUC Anthropology alumni and faculty, and get your questions answered. Join us on Wednesday, November 6, from 4:00-5:30 p.m., in the McCormick Lounge (Coffey Hall lower level). Food will be provided. Questions? Contact Dr. Kristin Krueger: kkrueger4 at luc dot edu.

Vocalo Interview with Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz was recently a guest on Vocalo, a Chicago public media outlet focused on diversity and youth. She was interviewed about her research and work drafting a policy brief for the new undocumented immigrant driver's license law in place in Illinois. Hear Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz and the rest of the featured segment here.

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz CURL Lecture on Immigration Politics

Loyola's Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL) will host a lecture by anthropologist Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz on Friday, February 7, from 10:30-12:00 in the CURL Library, Cuneo 417. The title of Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz's talk is "Permanently Temporary: U.S. Immigration Politics for the 21st Century." She will present preliminary results from a three-year research project with Latino/a immigrants undertaking the process of legalizing their immigration status in the U.S. This research suggests that the refuge of legal status is increasingly threatened by policies and practices that render legal residency precarious and legal residents permanently deportable. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

Chardin Meetings Spring 2014

The Chardin Society, Loyola's undergraduate Anthropology club, plans to hold meetings on the following dates: 

Tuesday, January 28, 7:00
Tuesday, February 25, 7:00
Tuesday, March 25, 7:00
Tuesday, April 15, 7:00

All interested students are welcome to attend! For meeting locations and to join Chardin:

1. Join our Facebook group and/or
2. Register through orgsync.com

Dr. Adams Featured on Canadian Radio's "The Current"

Adams CBC interview

Dr. Kathleen Adams was recently interviewed by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for their morning news show “The Current” on the topic of the ethics of tourism to North Korea.  The story aired May 7, and a podcast version is available here.

Documented and Deportable Lecture by Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz

Gomberg-Muñoz Documented & Deportable

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz will present preliminary results from a three-year project with Latino/a immigrants undertaking the process of legalizing their immigration status in the U.S. This research suggests that contemporary shifts in U.S. immigration policy herald an expansion of provisional immigration statuses and a widening rift between these statuses and U.S. citizenship. Even the refuge of legal status is increasingly threatened by policies and practices that render legal residency precarious and legal residents permanently deportable.

The Peace and Social Justice Faculty Research Series is a forum for Loyola faculty to present their work on issues of relevance to peace and social justice to interested faculty colleagues in an informal atmosphere. Feel free to bring a lunch and hear about this fascinating research project. The talks are geared toward faculty; graduate students and advanced undergraduates are welcome.

Catherine Nichols Joins Anthropology Faculty

Catherine Nichols Joins Anthropology Faculty

Loyola Anthropology welcomes a new faculty member this February, as Catherine Nichols joins us from Arizona State University, with experience at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Catherine will be instrumental in the ongoing process of acquiring, sorting, cataloging, and eventually displaying artifacts in a new ethnographic museum to be housed at Loyola University's Lake Shore Campus. She will also teach and mentor students interested in museum anthropology.

Dr. Kathleen Adams Returns from Visit to Philippines

Adams Returns from Philippines

Dr. Adams with Ateneo de Manila University Soc-Anth Dept. faculty and staff

Dr. Kathleen Adams has recently returned from spending two weeks in January as a Visiting Professor at Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. While there, she gave lectures on identity politics, gender, art and architecture in Indonesia, gathered materials for teaching ANTH 218: Contemporary Cultures of Southeast Asia,  and laid the groundwork for future collaborative projects with faculty at the university.

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz Featured in Anthropology News

Gomberg-Muñoz in AN

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz's research on immigration reform and inequality in the United States was recently featured in Anthropology News, the discipline's leading news publication. See her article in the online edition.

Archaeology Field School in May

Archaeology Field School 2014

Join us May 11-31, 2014, for Loyola’s 11th summer field school at LUREC, Loyola’s retreat and ecology campus in Woodstock, IL, about 60 miles from Chicago!

Students will receive hands-on training in archaeological field techniques, experimental methods, and archival research, taking field trips to local study sites. This year’s excavations will focus on an 1835-1860 farmstead of one of the first settlers in McHenry County.

Students will earn 3 credits through enrollment in ANTH 399: Fieldwork in Anthropology. ANTH 399 also fulfills Loyola’s Engaged Learning Requirement in the University Core Curriculum. Comfortable dorm accommodations at LUREC are also provided. Tuition and fees: $2300, room and board: $500.

No previous experience is necessary, and space is limited! Contact Dr. Dan Amick for an application soon: damick@luc.edu, 773-508-3446.

Talking Trash at Loyola's Waste Week

Did you know there's a landfill under our campus? Dr. Daniel Amick, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will share a history of Loyola through our garbage in a lecture during Loyola's Waste Week 2014. The event will also recognize waste reduction leaders with a first annual Zero Waste Awards. It will take place on Thursday, February 13, at 4:00 p.m., in the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Room 124.

Dr. Penglase at Conference on Brazilian World Cup and Olympics

‌‌On February 12, Dr. Ben Penglase will be giving a talk entitled "Favelas and Futebol in the Brazilian Social Imaginary," at a conference at Georgia State University on Popular Reactions and Responses to the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil.

Anthropology has moved!

The Department of Anthropology has recently moved from Coffey Hall to BVM Tower, accessed through the new Institute of Environmental Sustainability. The Anthropology main office and most faculty are now located on the 7th floor of BVM, with a few faculty offices also on the 8th floor. A new Anthropology student lounge is also under construction on the 7th floor. Come visit us, and see our new home!

Dr. Penglase Speaks at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management

Dr. Ben Penglase, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, is speaking at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management as part of a series of lectures in Global Programs addressing Brazil's role in the global economy. His talk is entitled "How Futebol (Soccer) Explains Brazilian Society," and it will be on Thursday, March 13, from 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Abbey Stone Accepted to Bioanthropology Field School

Abbey Stone Astypalaia

Anthropology major Abbey Stone has been accepted to participate in University College London's  Astypalaia Bioanthropology Field School this summer in Astypalaia, Greece. In Astypalaia, she will have the opportunity to work at the largest ancient children's cemetery in the world, with more than 2,700 burials. Congratulations, Abbey!

Dr. Amick Speaking at Syrian Refugee Symposium April 7

Dr. Dan Amick will be speaking at an upcoming symposium titled "Sanctuary and Sustenance: Syria and the Plight of Refugees," sponsored by Loyola's Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. Dr. Amick will participate in a panel on "The Lived Experience: Moving Forward in Refugee Support." Other speakers will include guests from the United Nations, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, De Paul University, and religious not-for-profit organizations. The symposium will be held at Kasbeer Hall on Loyola's Water Tower Campus on April 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. A detailed schedule is available via the link below.

Sanctuary and Sustenance Symposium

Anthropology Students at NCUR

Students at NCUR 2014

Three Loyola Anthropology students attended and presented at NCUR, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, in Lexington, Kentucky, April 3-5. Ashley Wahnschaff presented an original research paper in cultural Anthropology, while Cydney Stein and Juan Basadre presented research in complementary fields of study, Psychology and History, respectively. Wahnschaff, Stein, and Basadre have all also participated in Loyola's Provost Fellowship mentored undergraduate research program in 2013-14. Abstracts for their NCUR presentations are available here.

Recent Graduates at Paleopathology Conference

Students at Paleopathology Mtg

Recent Loyola graduates Thomas Jaskowiec, Michael Lee, and Sean Rajnic, along with Dr. Anne Grauer, will be presenting a poster on their research at the annual meeting of the Paleopathology Association in Calgary in April, entitled NO STONE UNTURNED: THE PRESENCE OF KIDNEY STONES IN A SKELETON FROM 19TH CENTURY PEORIA, ILLINOIS.

Aspen Sprague Presents at Foreign Affairs Conference

Sprague NAFAC

Senior Anthropology and Political Science student Aspen Sprague has been selected by Loyola's Department of Political Science to participate the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference in Annapolis, MD, April 7-11. Aspen will present an individually authored paper as part of a roundtable discussion. Her participation is funded and supported through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Caitlin DeRango and Dr. Grauer Present at AAPA Meeting

Recent Loyola graduate Caitlin DeRango, along with colleagues from New York University and Seton Hall, and Dr. Anne Grauer, will be presenting a poster on their research at the annual meeting of the America Association of Physical Anthropologists in Calgary in April, entitled Strontium and Oxygen Isotopic Evidence for Migration to 19th-century Grafton, Illinois. An abstract of their research, along with more information about the conference, is available. DeRango is presently enrolled in the Anthropology graduate degree program at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Calcagno is Invited Speaker at Notre Dame

Calcagno at ND

Dr. James Calcagno is an invited speaker at the "Conference on Human Nature(s): Moving Us Forward", focusing on how scholars from highly diverse disciplines describe and envision human nature, held at the University of Notre Dame from April 3-5, 2014. 

The conference is the culminating event of a three-year project, and it aims to offer conclusions and directions for new questions around the quandary of whether a transdisciplinary interface can improve our understanding of being human and human beings.

Alexandria Peterson Presents at LUC Research Symposium

Alex Peterson Symposium

Alexandria Peterson, graduating Anthropology senior and Provost Fellow, will present original research at the Loyola Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium on Saturday, April 12, in Mundelein Center. Alexandria’s research project assesses the classification and behavior of Meganthropus through metric, non-metric, and dental microwear texture analyses.

Abbey Stone and Dr. Krueger Present at AAPA Conference

Stone and Krueger AAPA

Abbey Stone, junior Anthropology major, and Dr. Kristin Krueger will be presenting the results of a collaborative research project at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) Annual Meeting in Calgary, Canada, in April. Stone and Krueger’s research focuses on how incisor microwear textures point to status differences at Amarna, Egypt. 

Anthropoliteia Blog Post by Dr. Penglase

Penglase Anthropoliteia
Dr. Ben Penglase has recently contributed a blog post on the police pacification of marginalized neighborhoods in Rio in advance of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics for the website Anthropoliteia, "a group blog about police, policing and security from an anthropological perspective."  The posting, entitled "Pacifying Rio's favela's: Innovation, adaptation, or continuity,"  is for a special forum on Anthropoliteia, called "Security in Brazil: World Cup 2014 and Beyond."  It can be found here.

Dr. Strand Featured in Norwegian Magazine

Strand Valdresmagasinet

Dr. Thea Strand's research on the dialect of Valdres, Norway, was featured in the April issue of Valdresmagasinet (The Valdres Magazine). Local journalist Ingri Valen Egeland's story is entitled "American enthusiasm for the Valdres dialect," and it focuses on the rising popularity of the rural dialect, within Valdres and beyond.

Dr. Penglase Presents at LASA 2014 Conference

Penglase LASA2014

On Thursday, May 22, Ben Penglase participated in the annual International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), held this year in Chicago.  He presented a paper entitled "Narratives of Displacement: the ambiguities of violence in a Brazilian favela," for a panel on Ethnographies of street violence in Latin America.  He was also the discussant for a panel entitled Policing Democratic Latin America: a Comparative Perspective.

Anthropology Celebration and Student Awards

This year's Anthropology Student Celebration was held on April 23. The event showcased original student research completed in 2013-14, both individual and collaborative. Departmental awards for graduating seniors were also distributed, including:

The Chardin Award (outstanding student in Anthropology): Ellen Hamel and Alexandria Peterson (pictured below)

(Above: Alexandria Peterson, Chris Biersdorf, and Dr. Kristin Krueger; Below: Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz and Ellen Hamel)

The Buechel Award (outstanding combination of academics and service): Greer Campbell and Julia Fleury

Outstanding Student in Biological Anthropology: Chris Biersdorf

Outstanding Student in Cultural Anthropology: Ashley Wahnschaff

Outstanding Student in Linguistic Anthropology: Gillian McGhee

Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! We wish you the best!

YES! Magazine Features Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz

RGM yes mag

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz's research on undocumented migrants and U.S. immigration politics was featured in a recent article by Rachael Stoeve in YES! Magazine, published as a front-page online story on April 16: Hunger Strikes, Lockdowns, and Border Actions: How the Undocumented Are Shaking Up the Immigration Debate. YES! is a national, non-profit magazine.

Edward Chong & Kaitlin Madsen Awarded LUROP Fellowships

Chong Madsen fellowships

Two rising seniors in Anthropology have recently been awarded fellowships from Loyola's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP). 

Kaitlin Madsen was awarded a Provost Fellowship for her ethnographic research project, "Learning from 'Loom': Refugee Women Self-Empower."

Edward Chong was awarded a Social Justice Research Fellowship for his ethnographic project, "Mental Health in Chicago's Undocumented Youth Community: Challenges and Strategies for Treatment." Eddie is one of the first recipients of this newly created fellowship.

Congratulations, Kait and Eddie!

Dr. Adams Invited to Speak in Kazakhstan

Adams in Kazakhstan

Dr. Kathleen Adams has been invited to deliver a short lecture series on art and nation-building at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She will spend two weeks there in mid-April, lecturing, conferring with colleagues and advising a Ph.D. student, Toty Mantayeva, who was at Loyola as a visiting scholar in Fall 2013.

Dr. Grauer and Students Assist Cook County Sheriff

Grauer & students cold case

Loyola students will be in the field in April assisting Dr. Anne Grauer and the Cook County Sheriff's Police to search for human remains associated with a possible cold case homicide.

Dr. Brophy to Participate in Rising Star Workshop in South Africa

Dr. Brophy to Participate in Rising Star Workshop in South Africa

Dr. Juliet Brophy has been accepted to participate in the Rising Star Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, South Africa in May/June 2014. Rising Star is a recently discovered site that produced over 1200 early fossil hominin elements. The Centre of Excellence in PalaeoSciences and the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits is holding a workshop to study and describe this material. Dr. Brophy will document the occlusal morphology and cuspal arrangement of the Rising Star hominin teeth and compare these teeth to her database of South African australopithecine and South and East African early Homo teeth. The aim of this research is to help establish the phylogenetic relationships of the Rising Star material relative to other hominins.

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz Edits "City & Society" Special Issue

Gomberg-Muñoz City & Society

A special issue organized by Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz will be coming out in the next edition of City and Society, the journal of the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational Anthropology. The issue is called, "We Are All Arizona: Heightened Immigration Enforcement and Community Responses in the United States." It brings together scholarship from different U.S. regions to examine how immigration enforcement shapes people's everyday lives. Due out in April 2014, the special issue will be accompanied by a podcast, available online, that discusses recent developments on the U.S. immigration landscape.

Dr. Brophy Featured in Loyola Magazine

Brophy Loyola Mag

Juliet Brophy's research at the Rising Star site in South Africa was featured on pp. 32-33 of the Spring 2014 issue of Loyola Magazine. Dr. Brophy recently returned from a research trip to Rising Star in June 2014.

Essay by Dr. Penglase on Huffington Post

Penglase Huff Post

Dr. Ben Penglase recently had an essay on Brazilian soccer, politics, and the World Cup published online at Huffington Post. It is titled "Brazilian Football as a Means of Reflecting Upon Brazilian Society, and it is available here.

Dr. Grauer Hosts CPS After School Matters Students

Grauer After school matters

Over the summer, Dr. Anne Grauer will be hosting two groups of high school students participating in the After School Matters program run through Chicago Public Schools. One group will attend on June 30 to learn about the human skeleton, and the other group will arrive July 9 to learn about forensic anthropology.

New Chardin Officers Elected

Chardin board for 2014-15
Loyola's undergraduate anthropology club, the Chardin Anthropological Society, has elected a new E-Board for 2014-15. Next year's club officers will be:
Edward Chong and Thomas Brown, Co-Presidents
Vanessa Mercado, Secretary
Nicole York, CAN Rep
Emma Harley, PR
They are brimming with excellent ideas for next year, including a Little Free Library for our BVM 7th floor anthropology lounge, a back-to-school event early in the fall, and a new student mentorship program.

New Book by Dr. Penglase

New Book by Dr. Penglase

Ben Penglase's new book, Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela: Urban Violence and Daily Life, was recently published by Rutgers University Press.

Book Description:

The residents of Caxambu, a squatter neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, live in a state of insecurity as they face urban violence. Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian Favela examines how inequality, racism, drug trafficking, police brutality, and gang activities affect the daily lives of the people of Caxambu.  Some Brazilians see these communities, known as favelas, as centers of drug trafficking that exist beyond the control of the state and threaten the rest of the city. For other Brazilians, favelas are symbols of economic inequality and racial exclusion. Ben Penglase’s ethnography goes beyond these perspectives to look at how the people of Caxambu themselves experience violence. 

Although the favela is often seen as a war zone, the residents are linked to each other through bonds of kinship and friendship. In addition, residents often take pride in homes and public spaces that they have built and used over generations. Penglase notes that despite poverty, their lives are not completely defined by illegal violence or deprivation. He argues that urban violence and a larger context of inequality create a social world that is deeply contradictory and ambivalent. The unpredictability and instability of daily experiences result in disagreements and tensions, but the residents also experience their neighborhood as a place of social intimacy. As a result, the social world of the neighborhood is both a place of danger and safety.

Dr. Nichols to Speak at Beloit College

Nichols Beloit talk

Dr. Catherine Nichols has been invited to speak at Beloit College on September 26. She will give a presentation on her original research, entitled "Anthropological Museum Collection Exchanges," in conjunction with the course "Anthropological Research in Museums." Beloit College's Department of Anthropology offers an undergraduate concentration in Museum Studies.

Memorial for Dr. Paul Breidenbach Sept. 13

Breidenbach memorial

Saturday, September 13, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Remembrances beginning at 5:15 pm

Palm Court, Mundelein Center, Loyola

A Memorial Celebration of the Life of Dr. Paul Breidenbach, long-time Loyola anthropology professor and former Christian Brother will be held on Saturday, September 13th from 4pm to 8pm in the Palm Court on the 4th floor of Mundelein Center. There will be food, non-alcoholic beverages and music. We invite you to come and share memories of Paul. An obituary published in the Sun Times is available here.

Dr. Amick Receives Provost's Teaching Award

Amick Provost award

Dr. Dan Amick has recently been honored with a Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching Freshmen. 

The Provost’s Award recognizes faculty who build community with first-year students by teaching 100-level freshmen classes. Exemplary faculty foster cura personalis (care of the whole person) in new students by providing necessary support and challenging them to become fully integrated into the Loyola community.

Drs. Butler and Krueger Serve as McNair Research Mentors

For the second year in a row, Dr. Noah Butler served as a Research Supervisor and Mentor with the McNair Scholars Program at Loyola. Last summer, he supervised undergraduate research on "New African Social Media." This year, he supervised undergraduate research on "Public Health and the African Diaspora." Dr. Butler has worked with the McNair program since its start at Loyola.

Dr. Kristin Krueger also served as a McNair Scholars mentor this year. The student's project examined linear enamel hypoplasias, or enamel defects on the teeth, on a sample of modern humans from Amarna, Egypt. This project helped to better recognize the physiological stress, including sickness and/or malnutrition, that the individuals may have endured during childhood.

The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds empowering them with the information, knowledge, and resources necessary to successfully apply to and enter graduate school and pursue their PhD degree.

Dr. Krueger's Research at European Soc. for the Study of Human Evolution

Krueger ESHE poster

Dr. Kristin Krueger had a poster at the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution meetings in Florence, Italy on September 20, 2014. The poster title was "Dental microwear texture analysis and the diet of the Scladina child." She and her co-authors completed dental microwear texture analysis on the Neandertal child found at the Scladina cave in Belgium. They found that the child was subsisting on tough, abrasive foods (probably meat with grit inclusions) and did not participate in non-dietary anterior tooth use behaviors.

Dr. Brophy Speaks on New Hominid Fossils for ACCA

Brophy ACCA

Dr. Juliet Brophy will be giving a talk on October 21 at a speaker series on Hominid Evolution for the ACCA, Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area. The talk will be at Benedictine University on Tuesday, October 21, at 7 pm. She will discuss new fossils from the Rising Star hominid site in South Africa and share some new research on Australopithecus sediba.

Dr. Calcagno Speaks in "Race: Are We So Different?" Series

Calcagno Race talk

Dr. Jim Calcagno recently gave the first talk in a lecture series at Loyola related to the American Anthropological Association's "RACE: Are We So Different?" project. Dr. Calcagno's lecture was titled "RACE in Biocultural Perspective: Why Biology, Not Genetics, Matters."

Other upcoming talks in the series will be held in the IC, 4th floor, from 4:00-5:30 p.m.:


“Will It Ever Be Equal? Achievement Disparity in Education,” Dean Michael Dantley and Associate Dean Anita Thomas, School of Education

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 • Race and Racial Inequality: Through a Legal Lens

“Learning to See Straight: Legal History and the Creation of Racial Inequality,” Professor Juan Perea, School of Law

“The Legal Construction of Race,” Professor Steven Ramirez, Director of the Business and Corporate Governance Law Center, School of Law

RACE: Are We So Different is a travelling exhibit examining race from biological, cultural, and historical perspectives. It is currently at the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie until January 25, 2015. Loyolans receive free admission weekdays after 1 p.m. with a Loyola ID. 

Loyola is a proud sponsor of the RACE: Are We So Dierent? exhibition, which is being brought to our area by the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center.

Anthropologist Agustín Fuentes Gives Science Week Keynote

Fuentes talk

Dr. Agustín Fuentes, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, recently delivered the kickoff keynote lecture for Loyola's Science Week 2014. His talk was titled "Can we ever get along? The science of aggression, cooperation and human nature," addressing human violence and social behavior from an evolutionary perspective.

Dr. Brophy Gives Talk at UW-Madison

Brophy UWMadison talk

Dr. Juliet Brophy recently gave a talk for the Brown Bag Lecture Series at the Anthropology Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Friday, 14 November. The talk was entitled "Plio-Pleistocene Hominin Evolution Using Morphometric Analyses." 

Anthropology Alum Michelle Statz Launches Youth Circulations Website

Statz website

Michele Statz (LUC Anthropology B.S., 2005) and Lauren Heidbrink are proud to announce the launch of their website, Youth Circulations (www.youthcirculations.com). As anthropologists who research unaccompanied child migration, Heidbrink and Statz recognize a glaring disconnect between the nuanced, transnational lives of the young people with whom they work and the active reduction of these youth into abbreviated tropes--vulnerable victim, delinquent, violent threat, and so--in policy reports and the media. They’ve created Youth Circulations to draw attention to the ways in which these representations delimit and decontextualize young migrants, as well as to highlight active counter-points, occasions in which youth are portrayed or self-represent as agentive, skilled, creative and relational actors. Youth Circulations aims to be a helpful resource for scholars, students and policy-makers.

Article by Dr. Calcagno Remains Evolutionary Anthropology's Top Download for Two Years

Calcagno article

Two years after Dr. Calcagno's article "What Makes Us Human? Answers from Evolutionary Anthropology" (co-authored with Dr. Agustin Fuentes) was published, it is still the top downloaded article in Evolutionary Anthropology, ranked as the second highest of 81 anthropology journals by the ISI Journal Citation Reports.  Until that changes, the article can be downloaded for free at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/%28ISSN%291520-6505.

Professor Jim Calcagno creates new online course for TED

Professor Jim Calcagno creates new online course for TED

Professor Jim Calcagno has developed one of the first online courses available as part of TED’s new Ted Studies series. Dr. Calcagno’s 2012 Evolutionary Anthropology article “What Makes Us Human” served as the inspiration for the course, which features a set of curated talks on evolution from experts such as Jane Goodall.

The TED studies program seeks to utilize the organization’s existing talks by pairing them with learning modules that ask listeners key questions and terms from the talks. The organization has commissioned experts from around the world to develop these lesson plans.

Dr. Calcagno’s course explores humanity’s evolutionary history and possible future by presenting a set of talks from experts in anthropology and related fields that discuss subjects including skin color, moral behavior in animals, as well as technological advances helping us better understand evolution.

Dr. Calcagno said that when asked to create the course on evolution, he kept the theme “what makes us human” in mind as a focal point.

“It’s one of the most fundamental questions of anthropology,” Dr. Calcagno said, “but it’s one that researchers generally avoid because it’s such a big question. As my career progressed, I wanted to return to this basic question.”

 This theme was also the focus of his 2012 article for Evolutionary Anthropology. For two years that publication has remained the top downloaded article in the journal for two years, which has the second highest impact factor of 81 anthropology journals.

Dr. Calcagno collaborated with 17 of his undergraduate students to develop learning modules for each of 8 presentations in the course. His students were responsible for reviewing several talks to pinpoint key terms and questions, as well as find supplemental readings. These students will be acknowledged by TED for their contribution.

“It put these students on the other side of the desk,” Dr. Calcagno said of their project. “Instead of answering questions, they were responsible for creating them, and providing the resources to find the answers. I think it gave them a new appreciation for how challenging that can be.”

Dr. Calcagno’s course is now available online. His article for Evolutionary Anthropology can also be read here.

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz Organizing Panel on Migration

Deportation Machine

Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz is co-organizer for "The Deportation Machine," an interdisciplinary panel featuring speakers from Loyola, UIC, Sisters of Mercy, and not1more. The panel is part of the Migration is Beautiful Speaker Series, and it is scheduled for Thursday, January 29, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in CFSU Bremner Hall.

The panel is sponsored by Loyola's Center for Interdisciplinary Thinking and Latin American Studies Program.

New Publication by Dr. Adams on Heritage, Memorialization, and Identity in Indonesia

Adams chapter 2015

Professor Kathleen Adams has recently published a new book chapter titled "Heritage, Memorialisation, and Identity Dialogues on the National Stage in Indonesia." It appears in Writing Material Culture History, edited by Giorgio Riello and Anne Gerritsen.


Dr. Krueger Publishes Article in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports

Krueger JASR article

Dr. Kristin Krueger has recently published an article titled "Reconstructing diet and behavior in bioarchaeological groups using incisor microwear texture analysis" in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

Abstract: Diet and behavioral strategies of modern humans are examined through several indirect and direct lenses. One of the direct lenses is dentalmicrowear texture analysis (DMTA), which examines enamel texture signatures associated with food fracture properties or behavioral regimes. While molar texture signatures are linked to dietary proclivities, those of incisors appear to reflect diet, abrasives, and non-dietary anterior tooth use behaviors. This study builds upon previous research of incisor microwear textures with the addition of six recent modern human groups. This expands the known database of incisor microwear textures to 11 bioarchaeological samples. Dental microwear textures from six bioarchaeological samples (n = 142) were collected using a white-light confocal profiler with a 100Å~ objective lens. High-resolution casts of maxillary central incisors were scanned for clean, antemortem microwear textures. Four adjacent scans of the labial surface, nearest the incisal edge, were created, defects were removed, and scans were characterized for microwear textures using SFrax and Toothfrax scale-sensitive fractal analysis software packages.

Results show that the samples differ significantly from each other in four texture variables: anisotropy, textural fill volume, heterogeneity, and complexity. These data strengthen previous hypotheses concerning anisotropy and textural fill volume as indicators of non-dietary anterior tooth use and anterior loading regimes, respectively. Moreover, while heterogeneity indicates abrasive load exposure, this measure may be exacerbated by non-dietary behaviors. Complexity is found to be significant in the current study and may reflect a balance between abrasive loads and non-dietary regimes.

Faculty Present at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting

AAA 2014

Several Loyola Anthropology faculty recently presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, in early December.

Dr. Kathleen Adams presented a paper titled “In and Beyond the Camera’s Viewfinder: Probing Tourism As a Field of Study” in the session “Producing and Envisioning the Anthropology of Tourism (Part II): On Present and Future Travel of Hosts, Guests, and Anthropologists of Tourism.”

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz presented a paper titled “After the Raids: Criminalization and Work in a ‘Postracial’ United States” in the session “Immigrant Labor in an Era of Mass Criminalization and Deportation.”

Dr. Catherine Nichols presented a paper titled “The Museum Catalogue As a Recontextualizing Technology” in the session “Producing Anthropology through Museum Collections: Conversations in Critical Cataloguing.”

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz Interview on Savage Minds

RGM Savage Minds

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz was recently interviewed by Ryan Anderson for the Savage Minds anthropology blog. The interview focuses on her ethnographic research among undocumented migrants and their families. 

May Weber Ethnographic Art Collection Finds a Home at Loyola

May Weber Ethnographic Art Collection Finds a Home at Loyola

Seniors Tom Brown and Emily Dattilo, with one of the Indonesian shadow puppets in the collection.

A university acquisition that was years in the making is now giving students a chance to study non western folk art – and unravel the mind of a collector.

Loyola's Anthropology Department is curating pieces of art from the May Weber Ethnographic Art Collection. Dr. Weber, the late psychiatrist and collector, gifted the university over a thousand of the eclectic items she collected from across the globe.

Anthropology Professor Catherine Nichols and students in her anthropology internship course are now working to process the collection, researching the origins and significance behind each object, as well as Dr. Weber's collecting habits.

Weber collected objects from her own travels and worked with art dealers. She took a special interest in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and was particularly fond of masks. The items in her collection range in size and origin from Thai coconut graters to massive Melanesian shields.

The collaboration between Loyola's anthropology department and Dr.Weber began more than a decade ago.

Professor Kathleen Adams was first approached in the mid-1990s, shortly after May Weber had closed the doors to her museum of cultural arts downtown. Weber was looking for people who might have an interest in using the collection for educational purposes. Professor Adams was happy to use it as a teaching tool for her classes and Weber welcomed Adams' students into her own home, giving them guided tours of the collection.

“She was very bright, and she had a vision for her collection,” Professor Adams said. “It was all about experiencing objects, and appreciating both their aesthetic and cultural value.”

Professor Adams and Dr. Weber remained friends for years, while her students got to study the items in the collection.

Dr. Weber also expressed an interest in giving her collection to Loyola upon her death. After initial talks with the university fell through, she began reaching out to other universities in Chicago. It wasn't until Father Michael Garanzini became president that Loyola renewed its interest.

With the help of Dr. Weber's husband, Gerald Hoffman, the university finally received a subset of the collection shortly after Dr. Weber's death in 2012.

The items from the collection are currently in storage. The department is almost finished constructing a research and storage facility on the 4th floor of Mundelein Center, where the collection will be available for research by students and scholars.

Dr. Penglase speaks at the University of Florida

Penglase U Florida

On February 16, Dr. Ben Penglase gave a talk at the University of Florida titled "The Prejudice of Place: Policing and Race in a Brazilian Favela." His presentation discussed the effects of policing on the daily lives of residents of a poor neighborhood (a favela) in Rio de Janeiro.  He examined, in particular, mundane interactions between the police and favela residents, especially young men, arguing that in addition to phenotype and class, experiences of social exclusion are also increasingly built upon the spatial criteria of residence in a criminalized and militarized neighborhood.

New Blog Post by Dr. Penglase on Anthropoliteia

New Blog Post by Dr. Penglase on Anthropoliteia

In a new blog post on Anthropoliteia, Dr. Ben Penglase writes about the various inspirations for his book, Living with Insecurity in a Brazilian FavelaAnthropoliteia is a blog on the analysis of police, security, crime, law and punishment around the world.

Dr. Nichols Speaking at Newberry Library

Nichols Newberry Library

Acoma pottery collected by the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of Ethnology, given to the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Dr. Catherine Nichols will give a presentation on her research at the Newberry Library on March 11 as part of the library’s American Indian Studies Seminar Series.

Though the development of scientific museum collections in the nineteenth century relied primarily on field collecting, scientists and curators also exchanged specimens in order to extend the scope and comprehensiveness of their collections. In 1864, the Smithsonian Institution began exchanging anthropological objects from their collection – mostly Native North American material culture – with foreign and domestic museums, collectors, and educational institutions. Scientific conventions stipulated that objects designated for exchange must be “duplicates” in the institution’s collection. Dr. Nichols’ research analyzes the composition of three late nineteenth century exchanges of ethnological material to: a foreign ethnological museum (Rijks Ethnographisch Museum in Leiden, Holland), a domestic historical museum (Historical Department of Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa), and a private collector (U.S. Representative Joel P. Heatwole). In contrast to exchanges that occurred within the context of specialized anthropological knowledge production, these exchanges served as a means for the recipient to acquire Native North American objects to be used for purposes of public and semi-public display. Analysis of the visual and material qualities of exchanged objects allows for an exploration of the notion of duplicate as it was mapped onto objects at the Smithsonian and its intersection with the conventions and aesthetics of museum display. In her talk, Dr. Nichols will consider how the composition of exchange collections contributed to significatory processes of creating representations of Native North American peoples in popular U.S. and European culture in the late nineteenth and into the twentieth century.

Additional information is available here.

Dr. Adams quoted in New York Times' Up Front Magazine

Adams Up Front

Dr. Kathleen Adams was recently quoted in an article in the New York Times supplement Up Front Magazine.  The article sought to unpack the real story behind the Toraja zombie images circulating on the net and Dr. Adams’ interview focused on debunking the recently-emerged popular culture imagery of zombies in the predominantly-Christian Toraja homeland in Indonesia. In her interview, Adams stressed that this pop culture idea of zombies in Toraja grew out of outsider misunderstandings of photos of a Torajan ritual that occurs at periodic intervals and entails removing the dead from tombs, cleaning and re-clothing them and then returning them to their tombs. The article appeared in the January 12, 2015 issue, p. 2-3.

NIU Guest Lecture by Dr. Adams

Adams NIU

Dr. Kathleen Adams gave a guest lecture at Northern Illinois University’s lecture series on Southeast Asia on Friday Feb. 27. The topic of the invited lecture was “Toraja Families, Funerals and Facebook: Re-Imag(in)ing an Indonesian ‘house-based society’ in transnational times.”

Anthropology Senior Eddie Chong Awarded Field Museum Internship

Eddie Chong internship

Graduating senior Eddie Chong, an Anthropology/Sociology major, was awarded an Anthropology Alliance Field Internship for Summer 2015 with the Science Action for Conservation and Community Center at the Field Museum. Eddie will be doing ethnographic work on industrial heritage in Calumet.

How Can Universities Better Serve Undocumented Students?

How can universities better serve undocumented studetns?

As part of the Migration is Beautiful Speaker Series, a panel of speakers will aim to answer the question, How Can Universities Better Serve Undocumented Students? The event will feature keynote speaker Roberto Gonzales (Harvard), author of Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America, and include discussants Aurora Chang (Loyola), José Ángel N. (author of Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant), and Rigo Padilla (Illinois DREAM Fund).

The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Thinking, The Latin American Studies Program, the Department of Anthropology, Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, and the Provost Office for Social Justice Initiatives.

This event will take place on Wednesday, March 25th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Cuneo 002.

Nicole York Headed to Graduate School at Purdue

Brooke Morgan Completes Ph.D. in Anthropology at SMU

Brooke Morgan PhD

Loyola Anthropology alum Brooke Morgan (2008) has successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Anthropology at Southern Methodist University.

The title of her dissertation is "Folsom Settlement Organization in the Southern Rocky Mountains: An Analysis of Dwelling Space at the Mountaineer Site." Mountaineer provides unique circumstances for exploring how a Folsom community functioned in a long-term residential setting - something rarely seen in the Paleoindian archaeological record that was nevertheless an important part of hunter-gatherer adaptations. Her goal is to study the interrelated aspects of risk minimization, economic integration, and social relationships in Folsom society by drawing on concepts from household archaeology and hunter-gatherer ethnography and applying them within a human behavioral ecology theoretical framework. Ultimately, she says, this research should be applicable to investigation archaeological hunter-gatherer societies writ large.

Michele Statz Receives Ph.D. at University of Washington

Statz PHD

Michele Statz, a Loyola Anthropology alum (2005), recently received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology and a graduate certificate in Comparative Law and Society Studies from the University of Washington.  

She is currently teaching at Carthage College. Her research centers on unaccompanied child migration from Fujian Province, PR China to the U.S. The project aims to contribute to the anthropologies of law and youth, as well as to scholarship on unaccompanied and separated youths' rights and representation.

Anthropology Students and Faculty Attend AAPA Meeting in St. Louis

AAPA 2015

Abbey Stone with her research poster at AAPA’s in St. Louis

Graduating senior Abbey Stone presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium at this year's American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) meetings in St. Louis. Abbey's project, funded by LUROP's Mulcahy Fellowship, examined dental microwear textures of a sample of individuals from Ft. Ancient. Although it was predicted they were dependent on maize agriculture, Abbey found the microwear was indicative of foraging dietary strategies.

AAPA attendees (L to R) Shelby Doubek, Dr. Kristin Krueger, and Abbey Stone

Several Anthropology faculty also attended the AAPA meeting, including Juliet Brophy, Kristin Krueger, and Anne Grauer. Dr. Brophy presented original research onMorphometric analyses of maxillary and mandibular first molars of Pleistocene hominins” (Juliet K. Brophy, Darryl J. De Ruiter, Lee R. Berger, Steven E. Churchill, and Peter Schmid).

Alum Ericka Menchen-Trevino Accepts Position at American University

Menchen job

Ericka Menchen-Trevino (2001) completed her Ph.D. in Communications at Northwestern University in 2012 (Dissertation title: "Partisans and Dropouts?: News Filtering in the Contemporary Media Environment"). She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Media and Communication Department at Erasmus University Rotterdam, but will be moving back to the United States this summer to take a position as an Assistant Professor at American University in Washington D.C.

Dr. Penglase Receives Research Award

Penglase Master researcher

Dr. Ben Penglase has been honored with a Sujack Master Researcher Award by the College of Arts and Sciences. He previously received a Master Teacher Award in 2013. The 2015 Sujack Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 21, at 4:15 p.m. in McCormick Lounge, Coffey Hall, followed by a reception.

Katie Day Good Joining Faculty at Miami University

Katie Day Good Miami U

Katie Day Good (2007) defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Communications at Northwestern University in December, 2014. Her dissertation was entitled "Bring the world to the child: Grassroots media and global citizenship in American education, 1900-1965.”

In Fall 2015, Dr. Good will be joining the faculty at Miami University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film. She writes, ”True to my anthro roots, I will be teaching Intercultural Communication.”

Haein Sung to Attend Graduate School at Columbia University

Haein Sung (2013) was accepted into Columbia University's School of Public Health and will begin a Master's program there in the fall.

Emily Dattilo Headed to Grad School at Marquette U

Christina Rodriquez Awarded Johnson Scholarship

Cristina Rodriguez has been awarded a Carroll and Adelaide Johnson Scholarship for her research: "Empowering Each Other: Leadership Development in an Immigrant Women's Collective."

Christina will work with research mentor Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz as she completes her project.

Alice Thompson Wins Johnson Scholarship

Alice Thompson Johnson Scholarship

Alice Thompson has been awarded a Carroll and Adelaide Johnson Scholarship for her research: "Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA): Gendered Dimensions of the Application Process."

Alice will be mentored by Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz as she completes her project.

River Simpson Awarded Social Justice Research Fellowship

River LUROP fellow

River Simpson won a LUROP Social Justice Research Fellowship for his research, "What Ever Happened to Class?: Lesson Learned from the Fight for 15."

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz will serve as research mentor for the project.

Grace Iverson Receives Johnson Scholarship

Grace Iverson Johnson scholarship

Grace Iverson has been awarded a Carroll and Adelaide Johnson Scholarship for her research: "Uncovering Gender through Textiles: An Evaluation of Female-Centered Objects in the Formation of Ethnographic Collections." Grace will study the production and collection of textiles from the May Weber Collection

Grace will be mentored by Dr. Catherine Nichols as she completes her project.

Anthropology Students Present Research at 2015 LUROP Symposium

Anthropology majors Abby Stone (photo above) and Naveen Kanji (photo below) recently presented posters featuring original research at Loyola's annual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium, held on April 18. Their projects in biological anthropology and archaeology were mentored by Dr. Kristin Krueger and Dr. Dan Amick, respectively.

Student Research and Awards Presented at Anthro Gala 2015

Gala 2015

Departmental award winners, L to R: Eddie Chong, Chris Benson, Kyle Sullivan, Emily Dattilo, Abby Stone, and Kait Madsen

The 2015 Anthropology Gala celebrating student accomplishments and graduating seniors featured a large number of student research projects, including posters by students in Dr. Kristin Krueger's Dental Anthropology class, pictured below.

Annual awards for graduating students were also distributed. Anthropology seniors receiving departmental awards in 2015 were:

  • Kait Madsen: Chardin Award (Outstanding graduate in Anthropology)
  • Abby Stone: Chardin Award (Outstanding graduate in Anthropology)
  • Eddie Chong: Buechel, S.J. Award (Outstanding graduate working on social justice issues)
  • Kyle Sullivan: Outstanding graduate in Biological Anthropology
  • Emily Dattilo: Outstanding graduate in Cultural Anthropology
  • Chris Benson: Durkehim Award (Outstanding graduate in the Sociology-Anthropology major)

Dr. Adams Speaks at NEH Workshop

Adams NEH talk

Dr. Kathleen Adams gave a talk at the National Endowment for the Humanities Video Workshop on “Bridging Cultures in China and Southeast Asia” in Lowell, MA on April 18.  The five lectures that comprised the workshop were filmed for future educational use in colleges. Her talk was entitled “Ethnicity and the Politics of Arts in Indonesia.”

Frank Walsh ('15) Awarded Fellowship for Study in Indonesia

Frank Walsh fellowship

Congratulations to Frank Walsh, a 2015 graduate in Anthropology and Art History, who was just awarded a fellowship from the USINDO (United States-Indonesia) Society for 2015 summer study of Indonesian language and culture in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Nicole Constantine ('15) to Intern at The Field Museum

Nicole Constantine Field Museum

Newly graduated senior anthropology major Nicole Constantine just accepted an internship position at the Field Museum working with one of their archaeological collections for the summer. She will be helping to catalog a 13th century shipwreck excavated from the Java Sea. The collection includes artifacts from Thailand, Korea and China.

Rachel Gonzalez (BA, '13) to Attend University of Glasgow

Inaugural Anthropology Chili Cook-Off Was Deliciously Successful

Chili 2015

Dueling crockpots at the 2015 chili cook-off.

The first-ever Loyola Anthropology Chili Cook-Off was a huge success this year. Seven faculty entered chili and the competition was fierce. Dr. Noah Butler had the most votes (and the most eaten!) chili. A copy of Dr. Butler's secret recipe is available here.

Thanks to all of the students and faculty who came out to participate. We look forward to many more events like this one in the future!