September 8, 2020

As chair of the UC Berkeley anthropology department, I write to express my department’s support for the initiative to un-name Kroeber Hall. The act of un-naming, as we see it, takes an important step in addressing and acknowledging a long history of violence toward Native Americans in which UC Berkeley and the anthropology department are implicated. This act gives momentum to the long-overdue work of repair for historical injury. 


June 18, 2020

Congratulations to Professor William White on receiving the Hellman Fellow Fund. 

A blurb about his Fellow award: 

June 9, 2020

From the UC Berkeley Anthropology Faculty:

May 29, 2020

Dr. Karen Lisa Greene has passed away at a hospital near her home in Kampala, Uganda, of cerebral malaria. Dr. Greene was a superb, rigorous, and passionate scholar whose impact both as a teacher and critical innovator in child rights has been international.  She leaves her daughter Whitney and close friends and family worldwide.  


Dr. Greene did her MA in folklore and PhD in medical anthropology at Berkeley.  She was learned, with additional training in education, in critical theory, in Khmer language, and in the governance of refugees and rights. 


May 4, 2020

Anthropology Commencement -The department has decided that the Class of 2020 will celebrate their milestones together with the Class of 2021. We will provide more details soon. Thank you for your understanding.  

April 29, 2020

Professor Sarah Vaughn was a guest speaker for a Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19 video titled "Understanding and seeking equity amid COVID-19". Professor Vaughn brings ethnography to this conversation, raising awareness to how communities in the Caribbean "approach disaster preparedness and climate adaptation". 

Check it out!

April 24, 2020

Please register for this talk to receive the zoom link and password:
Narratives of Change, Reminders of Resilience: The Interconnections of Karuk Baskets, Environment, and the People
Monday April 27, 2-4 PM zoom

April 14, 2020

UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Aihwa Ong was invited to be the 2020 SSRC Research Council Fellow. She will hold seminars with faculty, graduate students in the NYC metropolitan area, and with the SSRC staff.
She plans to lecture on "Cloned Monkeys & Gene-edited Babies: Productive Uncertainty in China's Biosecurity."

April 10, 2020

Society of Ethnobiology

The 2020 Urban Ethnobiology Fellowship winner is Natasha Fernandez-Perez!

March 5, 2020

American Anthropology Association

"Since the 1990s, increasing numbers of Coptic Orthodox Christians have immigrated to the United States particularly through the Diversity Visa, or Green Card Lottery.

February 7, 2020

In this public lecture, visiting Macgeorge Fellow Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes explores how we can end the history of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Never one to shy away from controversy, her talk will be based on three decades of studying and intervening in the global 'traffic in children' for sexual gratification by Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals.

Conversations in Anthropology Today at Deakin University, Melbourne Australia

February 4, 2020

Due to her outstanding contributions to archaeology, Professor Hastorf was selected as the 2020 recipient of SAA's Book Award – Scholarly for The Social Archaeology of Food Thinking about Eating from Prehistory to the Present.  Professor Hastorf will recieve the award Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony in the Austin Convention Center. Congrats Professor Hastorf!

January 16, 2020

Featured on UC Berkeley's site, Professor Rosemary Joyce speaks on her resignation from the Cultural Property Advisory Committee and advises to take action "when the U.S. threatens to abadnon the international consensus on protection of cultural sites...". Thank you to Professor Joyce on her wise words and her service.

January 15, 2020

Dylan Fagan, Social Cultural Anthropology PhD student, was awarded the Fulbright Hays DDRA fellowship for his research in Indonesia! Congrats to Dylan!

January 1, 2020

Our new episode features a conversation with the renowned anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Across their illustrious career, Nancy has researched social suffering and structural violence in a variety of contexts, including Ireland, Brazil, South Africa and, internationally, through the global trade in kidneys and other organs. Most recently, she has written about the scandal of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

December 17, 2019

At the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association,  Professor Charles Briggs and Dr. Clara Mantini-Briggs received the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology. 


At the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Brittany Birberick, PhD student in our department, received the Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Essay Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology. Congratulations, Brittany!

November 21, 2019

(Post)Socialism as a Global Resource Interdisciplinary Conference will be held May 1–2, 2020 at UC Berkeley. 

November 19, 2019

UC Berkeley Anthropology Professor Stefania Pandolfo was awarded the Boyer Prize in psychoanalytic anthropology for her book, "Knot of the Soul: Madness, Psychoanalysis, Islam" which will be awarded at the AAA meetings in Vancouver.