Notre Dame anthropology students have gone and done spectacular things! Be sure to check out their stories recounting their accomplishments and adventures in the stories below.

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2016 Anthropology Alum Wins National Student Prize in Economic Anthropology

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2016 Anthropology Alum Wins National Student Prize in Economic Anthropology

Mariel Kennedy (ND'16), now working as a research analyst with Goldman Sachs, won the Society for Economic Anthropology's 2016 Harold K. Schneider Student Prize in Economic Anthropology. This prize and student paper competition was created in honor of SAE’s first president to encourage new scholars and scholarship among students of economic anthropology. Kennedy’s paper, “Bad Assets: A Study of Debt Collection in Pune, India" examines the historically neglected, but crucial role of debt collectors in the cultural and economic contexts of Indian credit systems. Her research demonstrates how traditional financial frameworks are inadequate for understanding the intertwined cultural and economic aspects of contemporary systems of credit. She shows how analyzing these systems “helps to accurately address how both the social and financial nature of debt can influence relationships, status, and inequality and how modifying traditional finance approaches can begin to combat this.” Congratulations to Mariel on this fantastic achievement!…

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Anthropology and Peace Studies Graduate Student Examines Youth Participation in Colombia’s Peace-Building Movements

Author: Carrie Gates


The young people of war-torn northern Colombia want their homes and their lifestyle back. Displaced from their villages by guerilla and paramilitary groups, they have spent the last 10 years in urban centers—making them prime targets for recruitment by those same criminal enterprises. But rather than falling prey to a violent cause, they’ve founded a successful peace-building movement. Notre Dame Ph.D. student Angela Lederach ’07 wants to know why. She’s spent the last two summers living in Cartagena, Colombia, researching the Peaceful Movement of the Alta Montaña, and plans to return in August for at least a year to continue researching the organization for her dissertation.

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Alumni Reflection: Finding the Answer to the 'Major' Question

Author: Rebecca Mayus

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If you had asked me at the beginning of my freshman year at Notre Dame whether I planned to pursue a career in anthropology, I almost certainly would not have replied in the affirmative. In fact, my response would likely have been more along the lines of “What exactly is anthropology?” Like many new college students, I had never been properly introduced to the field, and had no real concept of what it was that anthropologists actually did. All I had to go by were a few largely random names that had cropped up in the news or my past schoolwork: Paul Farmer, Franz Boas, Jane Goodall, Indiana Jones (all right, maybe that last one is a little out of place).

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Emotionally supportive relationships linked to lower testosterone

Author: Michael O. Garvey

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Science and folklore alike have long suggested that high levels of testosterone can facilitate the sorts of attitudes and behavior that make for, well, a less than ideal male parent. It has long been known that among humans (and some other species as well), males who cooperate amicably with their female mates in raising and nurturing offspring often have lower testosterone levels than their more aggressive and occasionally grumpy counterparts. But two University of Notre Dame anthropologists are looking beyond the nuclear family for such effects.

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Researchers Propose 'Breastsleeping' as a New Word and Concept

Author: William G. Gilroy

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As far as titles in academic journals go, it’s quite the attention-getter. “There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping,” reads the title of a new peer-reviewed commentary piece by University of Notre Dame anthropologists James McKenna and Lee Gettler that appears in the prestigious European journal Acta Paediatrica.

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Anthropology Majors Thrive in Diverse Fields After Graduation

Author: Daniel Sehlhorst and Carrie Gates

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Conducting research in marine biology. Pursuing a graduate degree in global health. Promoting education in order to fight poverty in Uganda. Anthropology majors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters undertake a rigorous curriculum that gets them ready for myriad opportunities after graduation—whether they enter the workforce immediately, enroll in graduate school, or choose an elite public service program.

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Aspiring Doctor Draws on Anthropology Background in Global Health Fellowship

Author: Arts and Letters

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Patrick Salemme ’14 went to Mexico to make an impact on global health. Once he got there, his experience in the College of Arts and Letters helped him determine how he could do the most good. The anthropology and Arts and Letters pre-health major deferred his entry into medical school in order to spend a year in Chiapas, Mexico—a mountainous, coffee-farming region where more than half the residents live below the poverty line.

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Four Honored With Alumni Association Awards

Author: Arts and Letters

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The Notre Dame Alumni Association recently announced the recipients of four of its most prestigious honors, including three alumni from the College of Arts and Letters. The awards were presented January 14-15 during the winter meeting of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

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