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Anthropology and peace studies Ph.D. student receives three-year Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship

Author: Hannah Heinzekehr

Richard “Drew” Marcantonio, a current doctoral student in anthropology and peace studies, has received a prestigious three-year Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship, enabling his ongoing research on human-produced pollution and environmental violence in the United States and, more broadly, in the global ecosystem.

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New book explores generational preconceptions in post-war Sierra Leone

Author: Hannah Heinzekehr

In Catherine Bolten’s recently published book, "Serious Youth in Sierra Leone," she presents findings on generational preconceptions and their impact on young men in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Her research has implications for everything from development to post-conflict reconstruction to how millennials are perceived and engaged around the world.

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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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For anthropology major Grace Garvey, exploring other disciplines is key to research success

Author: Hailey Oppenlander

Grace Garvey’s academic curiosity isn’t confined to one subject area. Her interest in human migration manifests in all sorts of different disciplines. She’s an anthropology major who is working closely with an American studies professor on her senior thesis. For her capstone project in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service, she partnered with an economics major. And her coursework while studying abroad in Ireland focused on global perspectives on migration and archaeology. “The world isn't just one discipline — it's a nexus of all these different studies,” she said. “So a liberal arts education is more realistic to the type of knowledge that you need to have moving forward when you graduate.”

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Anthropologist’s exploration of migration, music, and poetics wins trio of book awards

Author: Brian Wallheimer

Notre Dame anthropologist Alex Chávez’s first book, Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Poetics of Huapango Arribeño, has certainly caught the eye of his peers. The in-depth look at Mexican migrants’ cultural expression through music has earned three prestigious awards in the fields of anthropology and ethnomusicology.​​​​​​Chávez’s work has earned the 2018 Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology Book Prize and 2018 Association for Latina and Latino Anthropologists Book Award, and now the Alan P. Merriam Prize from the Society for Ethnomusicology. 

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