Cool Classes: Martial Arts and Popular Culture

Author: Nicole White '19

Bare feet slapped on the hardwood floor and students watched their reflections in the mirrored walls as Lindsay McCray ’20 commanded the attention of Rockne Memorial Gymnasium’s Room 109. 


Fitted in a spotless white suit, black belt tied tight around her waist, McCray was there in her role as president of the Notre Dame Mixed Martial Arts Club. The students before her were there on a field trip. Their class? Martial Arts and Popular Culture.…

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A Q&A with three of the first students to earn a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Notre Dame 

Author: Carrie Gates

Amanda Cortez, Rieti Gengo, and Jeffrey Peterson came to Notre Dame in fall 2014 as part of the first cohort of the Ph.D. in Anthropology program. Here, they reflect on their time in the program. Cortez, a doctoral student affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, focuses her research on multispecies relationships in Peru. She received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Washington. Gengo, who is part of the joint Ph.D. program in anthropology and peace studies, received bachelor’s degrees in music and anthropology from Davidson College and a master’s in anthropology from Western Michigan University. His most recent research centers on Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. Peterson, whose research interests are in nonhuman primate cognition and social behavior, completed a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s in anthropology from San Diego State University.

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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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