Welcome from the Head

We acknowledge Purdue University is located on the traditional homelands of the Woodland People. We honor and appreciate these indigenous caretakers which include the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami), and Shawnee People.

Our experiences with COVID-19, disproportionately felt in Black, Native, Hispanic, and other communities of color and the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others have highlighted attention to the inequities that exist in our communities and at our University. Black Lives Matter.

As Anthropologists we celebrate diversity yet we acknowledge the need to be reflective about the inequities that exist within our unit and in our discipline. We recognize and call out the ways in which the history of anthropology is tied up with racist and colonialist agendas. We are committed to challenging those legacies and working towards racial and social justice for today, embedding anti-racism into all of our activities.

Our Anthropologies of Tomorrow Strategic Vision Plan for the next five years includes central attention to new and continuing efforts to address the need to decolonize Anthropology and prioritize work to forward anti-racist and anti-white supremacy strategies and curriculum in our department, our classrooms and our University. We are identifying specific concrete priority actions we can take together to advance transparency in decision making, equality, and inclusion within our unit and in the broader community.


Please join us as we attend the continuing Pursuing Racial Justice Together series


January 21 | 7:00 pm EST | Virtual Event




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1/9/2021  In "Fire and fear: Rapid cremations in the Philippines amidst COVID-19" just released in Forensic Science International: Synergy, Dr. Dada Docot with co-author Dr. Matthew Go consider how recent regulations in the Philippines requiring expeditious cremations for COVID-19 victims is disruptive where burning the dead is largely taboo. Using forensic science and cultural anthropology, they consider culturally appropriate possibilities for honoring the dead.

1/7/2021  Grad student Kari A. Guilbault, who is studying bioarchaeology, has a photo collection, Sticks and Stones, in Unearthed, an online literary journal from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Guilbault uses photography to capture the interconnectedness between nature and humans

1/4/2021  Congratulations to Dr. Laura Zanotti for winning National Science Foundation support for the project, “CNH2-L: Using Sound to Advance Conceptual Frameworks of Resilience of Integrated Grassland-Pastoralist Systems” where she serves as co-PI!  

1/4/2021  Dr. Jennifer Johnson has been selected to participate in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation leadership program! Read more here.

11/20/20  Andrew Flachs has just been awarded a Just Tech Covid-19 Rapid-Response grant from the Social Science Research Council for his project, "Technological Transitions in the US Local Food System in Response to Covid-19"! This project explores the digital infrastructures of risk, food access, and growing power built as the local food system transitions to online supply chains during the pandemic. See more here. Congratulations, Dr. Flachs! 

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