November 29, 2021

November 4, 2021

UC Berkeley Anthropology PhD Graduate and Rice University Assistant Professor, Dr. Victoria Massie, was featured at Social Science Matrix on their podcast "Genetic Ancestry Testing and Reconnection: An Interview with Dr.

October 27, 2021

A special issue of the journal Public Anthropology focuses on the important contributions of our own Laura Nader. The volume titled  "Ethnography, Politics, Commitment: Engaging with the Work of Laura Nader" and is available on the Public Anthropologist website:

September 21, 2021

September 10, 2021

UC Berkeley Anthropology PhD Candidate Valerie Black was recently featured on the Social Science Matrix Podcast!

UC Berkeley Anthropology PhD Candidate Juliana Friend was recently featured on the Social Science Matrix Podcast!

September 7, 2021

We are extremely honored to announce the Sam Dubal Fellowship in Critical Cultural and Medical Anthropology in memory of Sam Dubal, his legacy, and his commitment to anthropology and medicine.

August 24, 2021

"Zombie Infrastructure: A legal geography of railroad monstrosity in the California desert" was recently published by Anthro PhD Candidate Julia Sizek on Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. 

You can read Julia's article of "Zombie Infrastructure" here

Big congrats, Julia!

July 14, 2021

Professor Ruth E. Tringham (Department of Anthropology) has just been recognized by the Royal Anthropological Society of Great Britain and Ireland as the recipient of the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. This is an annual award to recognize an anthropologist for their "fundamental, sustained and outstanding contribution to the discipline of anthropology over the course of their career".The RAI is the oldest professional societyfor anthropology, founded in 1871.

June 14, 2021

UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor, and Director of the Archaeological Research Facility, Christine Hastorf is being celebrated by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research. 

May 17, 2021

We wish to celebrate May N. Diaz's 100th Birthday

April 29, 2021

On Wed, April 28th, 2021, UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Kent Lightfoot was awarded the David A. Fredrickson Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for California Archaeology. Professor Lightfoot has been carrying out pioneering archaeological research in California since joining the Berkeley Anthropology faculty in 1987. Dr. Lightfoot’s research has emphasized the collaboration of working with Native Americans in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to bring the past to light, and to make it relevant to today’s indigenous populations and archaeologists.

April 2, 2021

David C. Thompson (PhD 2020 Anthropology) wins the Sérgio Buarque de Holanda Prize for the Best Dissertation in the Social Sciences from the Latin American Studies Association, Brazil Section, for his doctoral dissertation "Resocialize to Conquer the Future": Incarceration and Reform in Rio de Janeiro (dissertation chair, Professor James Holston)

Society for Cultural Anthropology Author's Page:

February 23, 2021

Vivian Osborne was an alumna of the UC Berkeley Anthropology Masters program, having received her degree in 1922. Her master thesis was on "Types and Distribution of Negro Folklore in America".

In her time at Berkeley, and beyond, Vivian accomplished so much and was an activist and leader. Additionally, Vivian was one of the founders of the Kappa chapter, of the Delta Sigma Theta, one of the major African-American sororities. This year, Kappa celebrates its 100th anniversary!

February 17, 2021

UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Lisa Maher and her research on "Hunter-gatherer mortuary behaviors in prehistoric Jordan" were recently featured internationally by ( and by

February 10, 2021

From Berkeley News, UC Berkeley Anthropology Professors Kent Lightfoot and Jun Sunseri, and Anthropology Students were featured in the article: "Indigenous archaeology plows forward, despite anthropology's checkered past" (linked to article).

January 15, 2021

Congratulations to Karla "Ranger" Trujillo, Anthropology Undergraduate of the class of 2022, for becoming a Ronald B. McNair Scholar! 

Read about Karla's amazing achievement here:

December 28, 2020

Congratulations to UC Berkeley Anthropology PhD Lyle Fearnley on new book Virulent Zones: Animal Disease and Global Health at China’s Pandemic Epicenter through Duke University Press. 

December 22, 2020

Professor Emeritus Margaret Conkey is one of five Berkeley scholars to be elected this year as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the world’s largest scientific societies. Our congratulations to Professor Conkey for this prestigious honor! She is recognized for her theoretical work on the role of art in ancient evolution and gender studies in archeology. In addition to gender representations, Professor Conkey studies early human visual culture, the prehistory of Europe, and archaeology and multimedia.

December 18, 2020

Professor White's article, in collaboration with Catherine Draycott, titled "Why the Whiteness of Archaeology Is a Problem" was featured in SAPIEN's Best of 2020! Congrats Professor! Check out his article below!