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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Mallika Sarma, PhD wins prestigious Shaheen Award for her excellence in biological anthropology!

Author: Eileen Barany

Mallika Sarma, PhD is the winner of the 2021 Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award in Social Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. This award is a recognition to Mallika's research excellence in biological anthropology as demonstrated by her outstanding publication record, record of success in winning external grants and fellowships, and her deep commitment to teaching and mentorship.…

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Department of Anthropology at Notre Dame's Statement of Solidarity

Author: Department of Anthropology

The students, faculty, and staff of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame stand in solidarity with the local, national, and global movements against systemic racism and state and police violence against Black communities in the United States. As anthropologists, it is our responsibility to actively dismantle false ideas about race within and outside of academia, and to remove systemic barriers that exclude Black people in our field and dehumanize them in our work.…

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At a Chicago museum and a South Bend kindergarten, anthropology and Spanish major discovers a future in research and education 

Author: Ashley Lo

Firing a portable X-ray fluorescence scanner at 2,000-year-old artifacts last summer, Claire Stanecki discovered the value of hands-on education. A 2020 graduate who majored in anthropology and Spanish, Stanecki’s Arts and Letters education has been defined by exploring nontraditional forms of learning — from conducting research at a museum to studying the benefits of bilingual education in a local school. “The ability to learn about something and actually go interact with it is so incredibly mind-blowing,” she said.

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My non-traditional senior thesis: a podcast series on Mayor Pete

Author: Mary Bernard

Using ethnographical techniques from both anthropology and journalism, I completed around 50 hours of interviews and transcribed hundreds of pages of notes by the end of January. My focus turned to the podcast, starting with his childhood in South Bend and finishing with his concession speech at the Century Center in March. In the end, I made a five-episode series called “Spotlight on South Bend.”

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A business major fell in love with anthropology, and found her career path in the process

Author: Jack Rooney

As a senior associate at KPMG, Madeline Boyer’s background in anthropology often sparks curiosity. “Everybody’s always fascinated,” said Boyer ’09. “It’s an immediate conversation starter for people.” But more than that, Boyer’s anthropology major — and her entire Arts and Letters experience — gives her an edge in her career. 

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New Book by Alum Emily Bieniek '13!

Author: Anthropology Dept.

On The Great Land

With striking beauty and emotional frankness, On the Great Land weaves together thirteen vibrant short stories that explore community, loss, trauma, and healing in one of the most mesmerizing and demanding places in the world.




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