Maureen Scanlan on “Why Anthropology?”

Maureen Scanlan (Anthropology, Class of 2016) After attending 12 years of Catholic school, where history and religion were romanticized and filtered, my first semester at university demystified many of the social constructs and supposed facts that had been built in to my primary education. After struggling to decide amongst sociology, history, education, or theology, I came […]

Cara Zhuang on “Why Anthropology?”

Cara Zhuang (Anthropology, Class of 2017) As a first-generation Chinese American, my upbringing was characterized by the juxtaposition of two cultures. Caught between my family’s traditions and the influences of American society, my interest in cultural dynamics stems from the desire to understand the construction of various sets of values and how they can conflict […]

India Krawczyk on “Why Anthropology?”

India Krawczyk (Anthropology, Class of 2016) Like a lot of other students, I have a wide range of interests and found myself struggling to pick a major when I began at UVM. I encountered anthropology and felt as though what it had to offer would provide valuable tools to aid me in whatever else I […]

Geneva Morley on “Why Anthropology?”

Geneva Morley (Anthropology, Class of 2016) I was initially drawn to Anthropology because I am extremely interested how people function within the world.  I was previously interested in Psychology, and have always had a knack for being able to understand and empathize with people very easily, and I entered into college believing that I was […]

Avery Lavalley on “Why Anthropology?”

Avery Lavalley (Anthropology, Class of 2016) Entering college, I had no idea what anthropology was. I knew that studying people was what I wanted to do, but no other subject seemed to truly integrate all aspects of the human experience to create a comprehensive understanding of it: history, biology, sociology, psychology, linguistics. An understanding of […]

Catherine Lang on “Why Anthropology?”

Catherine Lang (Anthropology, Class of 2016) I study Anthropology because I am a natural-born observer. I am fascinated with how the relation of space and place influence human interaction. Anthropology and Geospatial Technologies act as a way to visually understand modern human and environmental interaction. Material culture and archaeology allow for the study of the […]

Fall 2015 Departmental Newsletter Now Online!

Our Fall 2015 Newsletter is now online! To see what our students and faculty have been up to over the last year, please take a look! AnthropologyFall2015Newsletter

Congratulations to Luke Dorman for receiving Hannah Howard Prize

Anthropology Major Luke Dorfman (Class of 2015) received one of only two Hannah Howard Prizes awarded to members of the class of 2015 for outstanding academic accomplishment — way to go, Luke!

Congratulations to Shannon Esrich, Nuquist Award Winner!

Congratulations to Shannon Esrich (Class of 2015) who has recently been awarded the Nuquist Award for Outstanding Student Research on a Vermont Topic by UVM’s Center for Research on Vermont. Shannon was awarded this prize in recognition for her outstanding honors thesis entitled Gone to Market: Perceptions, Motivations, and Values of Farmers Market Participants in Burlington Vermont. Shannon […]

Congratulations to our major Riker Pasterkiewicz!

Congratulations to Riker Pasterkiewicz (Class of 2015) who has been awarded three UVM grants to conduct his independent research project in Argentina this winter! With support from the APLE award, and the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Mini-Grant and International Travel Grant, Riker will travel to Buenos Aires to conduct ethnographic research on the public transit system […]