Anthropology Research

This is a sample research listing page. At present, it includes both research pages and news items. The items shown below are those tagged with the research area "Anthropology." They are sorted by Post Date, most recent first. All tagged items are shown on one page.

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Protest Mask: I Can't Breathe

A collective cry for justice | Graham M. Jones
Anthropology
 

"The mask is one of the most important human artifacts in all of anthropology. It is a tool of transformation that allows its wearers to transcend themselves, taking on timeless roles in ritual dramas, and as actors in a broader social drama." More

matches burning, interrupted

Research + Resources for the Pandemic
 

Research and commentary from the MIT SHASS faculty and graduate students to inform policy and increase public understanding about the complex pandemic landscape. Content areas include the impacts of the pandemic on healthcare, the economy, education, the 2020 elections, daily life, and democracy. There is also a channel with music and other creative works that offer contemplative space, meaning, and uplift. More

Photo of MIT anthropologist Heather Paxson

Taking refuge in the kitchen
 

Heather Paxson talks with the Radcliffe Institute on how the pandemic is changing the ways we eat. More

portrait of MIT anthropologist Amah Edoh

MIT Anthropologist Amah Edoh receives Baker Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
 

This Institute-wide award is given every year to an MIT faculty member, recognizing an “exceptional interest and ability in the instruction of undergraduates.” It is the only teaching award in which the nomination and selection of the recipients is done entirely by students. More

Portrait of Professor Amy Moran-Thomas

Amy Moran-Thomas receives the 2020 Levitan Prize in the Humanities
 

The award will support her in-progress book, Mine: A Family History of Place, Race, and Planetary Health, which will "excavate the cultural histories and everyday social fabrics behind the deep sedimentation of American generational identities and fossil fuel legacies.” More

Portrait of anthropologist Manduhai Buhandelger

An ethnology of disruptions in Cambridge, MA
 

At American Ethnologist, MIT anthropologist Manduhai Buyandelger tracks racism, virtual realities, and world building in Cambridge during the Covid-19 pandemic More

Understanding law in everyday life

Susan Silbey, a pioneer in studying popular attitudes toward the legal system, discussed her research while giving MIT’s annual Killian Lecture. More

Timothy Loh, MIT doctoral student

Meet Timothy Loh, doctoral student in the MIT HASTS program
 

“MIT is the best place to be an anthropologist studying issues of science and technology. It’s a place where we’re able to think deeply and critically about how scientific knowledge and authority is constructed." More

Anthropology and Studio Art Class

The Technology of Enchantment
 

In a new Anthropology + Studio Art maker class, MIT students investigate the human dimensions of interacting with technologies.
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Heather Paxson, MIT Professor of Anthropoogy

Anthropology | Heather Paxson

"Incorporating anthropological thinking into the new College of Computing promises to help students become more effective and responsible coders, designers, and engineers. The study of anthropology can prepare students to live and work effectively and responsibly in a world of technological, demographic, and cultural exchanges." More

Mens et Manus America Initiative | Portal

This non-partisan MIT initiative convenes research-informed lectures and discussions to explore the major, long-term social, political, and economic issues brought to light in the 2016 US presidential election. We are asking: What can MIT do to help address current challenges in the U.S., and bolster the health of our democracy? Join us as we frame the issues and generate ideas for making a positive impact. More

Communities in the Cloud

Anthropology PhD student Steven Gonzalez studies the Cloud from within. More

US Map - made of people

Election Insights 2018
Research-based perspectives from MIT
 

Commentaries on key issues along with a lively playlist—Music for the Midterms—and an Election Booklist of works selected by faculty as illuminating for this moment in American history. More

Anthropologist Stephan Helmreich conducts fieldwork aboard the FLIP ship

As part of his ongoing research on how scientists think about the world, Helmreich wanted to know: What are the changing theories, models, and technologies that physical oceanographers use to apprehend and understand waves? More

Stefan Helmreich awarded 2017 Staley Prize

“Some people call this the Pulitzer Prize of anthropology. The prize is selected by an anonymous committee of scholars. It's a very competitive process, there are very intense debates, and this book emerged as a unanimous favorite.” More

In search of a meaningful life

Popular MIT anthropology course offers contemplation and dialogue on life's big questions. More

At MIT, Arlie Hochschild discusses U.S. political divisions and finding common ground

The event centered on Hochschild's most recent book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (The New Press, September 2016). More

In search of a meaningful life

Popular MIT anthropology course offers contemplation and dialogue on life's big questions. More

Why do women leave engineering?

Study co-authored by Susan Silbey, Professor of Anthropology: Women who go to college intending to become engineers stay in the profession less often than men. Why is this? While multiple reasons have been offered in the past, a new study develops a novel explanation: The negative group dynamics women tend to experience during team-based work projects makes the profession less appealing. More

Anthropology
What does an
Anthropologist
of Science do?

Meet Stefan Helmreich. In his new research on wave science, acclaimed MIT anthropologist Helmreich shows how waves are not only facts of nature, but a phenomenon mediated by considerable scientific and cultural interpretation. Read more

Anthropology
The Exit Zero Project 

“If you really want to understand why there is this expanding class inequality in the United States, one of the places you have to look is the long-term impact of deindustrialization. We have to think historically about how we got into this position and how we can come out of it.”  — Christine Walley, MIT Associate Professor of Anthropology 

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How should food safety be determined?

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