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Dr. Jennifer Dickinson

Linguistic Anthropologist, Jennifer Dickson, will give a talk titled, 'We Work Emo: Representing Russians Through Script and Code in Ukrainian Wartime," co-sponsored event with the Linguistics Program.

Masters Cohort Event

An inspiring discussion with USC alumni about how their Master's in Anthropology has shaped their careers and achievements.

McKissick Museum Exhibit

Join us for a reception showcasing the artifacts found during the spring 2024 archaeological dig on the Historic Horseshoe.

Artifact Washing

Volunteers are invited to participate in a working archaeology lab. An Honors College archeology class will teach participants how to wash and sort artifacts recovered from the USC Horseshoe. Participants

African Gods & Knowledge Event

Special guest Araba Awodiran Agboola will discuss the Yoruba Gods (Orisa) with archeologist Dr. Terrance Weik.

The Gendered Contours of North Korean Migration Lecture

Discover the intricate dynamics of North Korean migration in "The Gendered Contours of North Korean Migration: Violence and Belonging in a House Divided." Join us on Thursday, April 4, at 3:00 pm in Gambrell 412 as we delve into the complexities of violence and belonging within this divided landscape. Don't miss this enlightening discussion.

What ancient farmers can really teach us about adapting to climate change - and how political power influences success or failure

Recent discoveries show how people in the past dealt with climate change and highlight success stories of how farming practices assisted civilizations.

USC anthropologist confronts centuries-long structural neglect of elderly, mentally ill

Carlina de la Cova’s recent research hit close to home. As she studied the remains of people who died in public hospitals and other institutions more than 100 years ago, she couldn’t help thinking about her grandmother, her mother-in-law and others in her life who have needed institutional care.

Dr. John Doering-White receives the Wenner-Gren Foundation Post-PhD grant

Congratulations to John Doering-White for receiving a Wenner-Gren Foundation Post-PhD grant to support a new project titled "Anticipating Humanitarian Climate Futures along the Central American Migration Trail through Mexico." To read more about the project click here.

Aimee Herring wins 2023 Jordan Center's Graduate Student Essay Competition in the Social Sciences

1st Year PhD student, Aimee Herring in linguistic anthropology won this year’s Jordan Center’s Graduate Student Essay Competition in the Social Sciences. The award comes with a cash prize.

Dr. Magdalena Stawkowski wins the 2023 ARHE Policy Brief Professional Award

Dr. Magdalena Stawkowski will be honored at the Society of Medical Anthropology’s awards ceremony by the Anthropological Responses to Health Emergencies (ARHE) awards committee for her policy brief submission entitled: “Forgotten Ground Zeros: Local Populations Exposed to Radiation from Former Nuclear Test Sites.” It was chosen for the ARHE Policy Brief Professional Award winners for 2023.

Dr. Carlina de la Cova makes front cover of Discover magazine

An article Dr. de la Cova was featured in extensively made the front cover of the September/October 2023 issue of Discover magazine. In it she talks about her work and how it affects her.

Dr. Goldberg featured in article for Black News

Dr .Goldberg speaks about her field school in Sesquicentennial and her findings.

Dr. Weik's Work on Black Cemeteries Featured in USC News

Dr. Weik was featured for his "research and preservation efforts at three burial grounds across South Carolina: sites in Blythewood, Daufuskie Island and Hilton Head."

Claudia Carriere nominated for first ever Inaugural Staff Senate Award

Claudia, the Anthropology Department's Office Manager since 2017, was nominated for this award.

More on Breakthrough Star, Dr. Monica Barra

Cultural anthropologist Dr. Monica Barra studies how racial inequalities are shaped by scientific practices, racial histories and climate change in the U.S. South.

Remembering Dr. Leland Ferguson

The Anthropology Department mourns the passing of our colleague Dr. Leland Ferguson (1941-2023), Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Remembering Dr. Drucilla Barker

The Anthropology Department mourns the passing of our colleague Dr. Drucilla "Drue" Barker (1949-2023).

Dr. Magdalena Stawkowski featured in Foreign Policy article

Dr. Stawkowski was cited in an article discussing the Semipalatinsk Test site, also known as the Polygon, which is a testing complex in present-day Kazakhstan that was established by the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Goldberg assists with the spring break HBCU archeology field school program

Over Spring Break, Dr. Kelly Goldberg and a group of six students from local HBCUs went to the Rose Hill Plantation for an archeology field school. These students had the opportunity to explore archeology, something that was outside the scope of their majors.

Dr. Stawkowski is a McCausland Fellow for 2023

Dr. Magdalena Stawkowski was chosen to be a McCausland Fellow for 2023 for her research contributions to the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Monica Barra receives Breakthrough Star Award

Dr. Barra was honored as a 2023 Breakthrough Star.

Dr. Kelly Goldberg and Nina Schreiner lead excavations at Sesquicentennial State Park

In Summer 2022, Dr. Kelly Goldberg and Nina Schreiner, PhD candidate, led a field school to teach students how to conduct excavations at and analyze artifacts from Sesquicentennial State Park, which is a former plantation.

Remains of Revolutionary War soldiers help USC anthropologists unravel the Battle of Camden

The College of Arts and Sciences interviewed archaeologists from the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) and the Department of Anthropology about their findings in the historic Camden Battlefield.

Dr. Sharon DeWitte featured in NBC News article

Dr. DeWitte was featured in an article about the analysis of DNA pulled from a burial ground in Kyrgyzstan, which dates the plague to the year 1338. She commented on the research featured in the article.

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