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.

We are filled with anticipation as we approach the beginning of the Fall semester, with commitment to our students and to each other. This academic year is going to be an extraordinary one as we begin with uncertainty around increasing rates of COVID-19 across the country and heightened urgency to address racial justice and white supremacy.

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. Our BIPOC graduate students wrote a letter to the department over the summer demanding action in our department and in the University. I agree. Black Lives Matter and we have to act and find new and more effective ways to enact substantive change.

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.

Our department will work with others within the College of Liberal Arts and broader University community to increase education about racial injustice. We will push forward the goals of the College Strategic Vision Plan to provide supports for diversity training and other equity efforts, and advocate for cluster-hires to help us further shared goals to increase and retain faculty, students, and staff from underrepresented groups.



Dána-Ain Davis, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Pregnancy and Premature Birth in the Afterlife of Slavery
Friday, September 25 | 12:00 pm | WebEx

Ancient Copper Metallurgy in Alaska and Canada 
Dr. H. Kory Cooper (Purdue University, Department of Anthropology)
Monday, September 28, 2020 @ 6:00pm 
Register here 




9/16/2020  Michele Buzon and Randy Roberts are featured in this episode of Boiler Bytes, click on the link to learn about their research!

9/3/2020  Congratulations to Dr. Stacy Lindshield and the team on their NSF grant for the project, "Collaborative Research: The Ecological Basis of Hunting and Meat Sharing in Female Savanna Chimpanzees"! Read more here.

8/31/2020  Elephants, Hunters, and Others: Integrating Biological Anthropology and Multispecies Ethnography in a Conservation Zone, by Melissa Remis and Carolyn A. Jost Robinson (Purdue PhD 2012) is published in the September issue of American Anthropologist.  The article integrates biological, multispecies and sociocultural approaches with a focus on shared ecologies of BaAka elephant hunters, African forest elephants and others along elephant trails in the Congo Basin.  The authors highlight the ways elephants shape forest structure and the fabric of existence for the people that live there.  They explore the consequences of conservation zoning that restricts forest community access to the trails, resources and social networks in order to develop more culturally relevant and collaborative conservation practices. 

8/31/2020  Dr. Andrew Flachs tells the global story of Indian cotton, including contributions from researchers based in India, the US, and Europe. This interactive Story Map includes archaeological, historical, and ethnographic elements spanning the origins of cotton farming to the impacts of genetically modified crops to the secondhand clothing industry, and accompanies Flachs' new book Cultivating knowledge: Biotechnology, sustainability, and the human cost of cotton capitalism in India

8/26/2020  Congratulations to our PhD graduates, Humera Dinar, Matthew Pike, Gideon Singer, and Madi Whitman

8/26/2020  Congratulations to Jenail Marshall on completing the MS! Jenail will be continuing on in the PhD program where she will be investigating human-microbial coevolution & the relationship between bone infection & exposure to dietary sources of natural antibiotics in ancient Nubia & Ethiopia.



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