News and Accomplishments

News and Accomplishments

Join Judith Hanna  on Thursday, July 12 at 7 p.m. for a reading and discussion of her new book, Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right, a timely and controversial examination of the Christian Right's war on strip clubs. The book signing will take place at the Barnes & Noble at  4801 Bethesda Avenue,  Bethesda, Md., 301-986-1761.  For more information visit:


Congratulations to all of our PhD students who have successfully defended their dissertation proposals and are now PhD Candidates: Amy Carattini, Rebecka Lundgren, Mike Roller, Adam Fracchia, Jocelyn Knauf, Melissa Stevens, Amanda Tang, Mari Tina Zarpour, Kristin Sullivan, Christy Miller-Hesed, and Courtney Hofman.

The Department would like to recognize Jeremy Krones for his service on the Dean's Student Advisory Council and Katherine Johnson and Beth Pruitt for their service on the Dean's Graduate Student Advisory Council. Thanks to all of you for your service!

Congratulations to Dr. Judith Freidenberg for being Honored Faculty at the 5th Annual University-Wide Celebration of Scholarship and Research.

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student, Courtney Hofman for receiving the 2012 Smithsonian Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student, Tina Zarpour for being selected to receive the Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.

It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Stephen Brighton has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. 

Congratulations to Dr. Judith Freidenberg for being selected to receive a 2012 Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award.

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student, Michael Roller who won the 2012 George M. Phillips Award. The Phillips Award is given in recognition of outstanding graduate student contributions in areas involving community and public concerns.

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student, Kristin Sullivan, who won 3rd place in the SfAA Tourism and Heritage Topical Interest Group student paper competition for "Carving Chincoteague". This paper was also selected to be in an upcoming issue of Practicing Anthropology. Kristin also placed 3rd in the Valene Smith Prize (tourism and heritage poster competition) for "Exploring Traditional Use and Association through the Ethnographic Overview and Assessment for Assateague Island National Seashore".

Congratulations to our Ph.D. student, David Colon-Cabrera, who was chosen to serve as a COPAA student representative for 2012-2014.

Congratulations to Dr. Tony Whitehead and Dr. Mark Leone, whose Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 Emerging Scholars proposals were unanimously approved and selected for funding by the BSOS Teaching Committee.  These projects promise to immerse two of our bright young students in research in a significant way. 

Courtney Hofman's article on Flightless ducks, giant mice and pygmy mammoths: Late Quaternary extinctions on California's Channel Islands is featured in Our World Archaeology.

Our very own doctoral student, Mary Furlong, is featured in the SfAA News: Coming Together to Uncover the "Fort" in Alexandria, Virginia.

For an anthropological view on exotic dancers in the U.S., check out the Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Right by Judith Lynne Hanna.

Dr. Judith Freidenberg's article on Human Experience, Museums, and Human Rights has been published in the Anthropology News.

Dr. Jen Shaffer co-authored a paper with her undergraduate advisee, Ms. Leocadia Naiene, from Universidade Eduardo Mondlane.  The research looks at local knowledge of climate and environmental change in southern Mozambique.