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Anthropology Alumnus Lee Gettler to Join Notre Dame Faculty

Author: Aaron Smith

Biological anthropologist Lee Gettler ’05 made national news last year with his research on the linkage between fatherhood and testosterone, reporting that the hormone decreases in men once they have children and drops even more in dads who are very active in caring for their children. Currently completing his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, Gettler will bring his attention-getting work to Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters this fall as an assistant research professor in the Department of Anthropology.

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Anthropologist Meredith Chesson ‘Follows the Pots’

Author: Mark Shuman

Notre Dame Associate Professor Meredith S. Chesson investigates the extensive looting—mostly by economically struggling local residents—that for decades has affected the area in and around the Jordanian cemetery at Fifa. Her work questions traditional ways of thinking about both archaeologists and looters.

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Alumni Reflections: Pursuing Graduate Work Overseas

Author: Neva Lundy

By Neva Lundy ’11


Four years ago, I was a nervous freshman in flip-flops and a sundress trying desperately to find a seat in Professor [James] McKenna’s crowded Introduction to Anthropology class at Notre Dame. Still breathless from my circuitous journey from Lyons to Haggar Hall, I was unaware that such a hapless beginning had irrevocably set my feet upon the winding path toward a future in anthropology.…

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Anthropology Alumni Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowships

Author: Chris Milazzo

The extensive research opportunities available to undergraduates in Notre Dame’s Department of Anthropology played a key role in helping two recent graduates win fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).


The oldest and arguably most competitive of its kind in the United States, the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides three years of funding, international research and professional development opportunities, and the freedom to study at any accredited graduate institution in the United States.…

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Anthropology Alumna Puts Her Experience to Work in Chile

Author: Ann Price

Erin Jelm ’10 can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in Latin American studies. “I’ve always had an interest in cultures,” says the anthropology and marketing alumna, currently working as a marketing specialist at Santiago Adventures, a tour operator in Santiago, Chile.

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