Anthropology

Picnic Day 2018: College Events

April 16, 2018
College of Letters and Science at Picnic Day 2018

Come celebrate with us and experience the richness of diversity and achievement at UC Davis and the surrounding community in the areas of research, teaching, service and campus life. More than 200 events will take place throughout campus and will include exhibits, shows, competitions, demonstrations, entertainment, animal and athletic events, the Student Organization Fair, the Children’s Discovery Fair, the Parade and much more.

Countering Islamophobia Through The Media

November 06, 2017
With hate crimes against Muslim Americans on the rise—and Muslim women in headscarves a frequent target—a UC Davis professor is launching a program to better educate future U.S. journalists about Islamic cultures and Muslim women.

Rewriting the History of Our Species

June 07, 2017
New fossil finds from the Jebel Irhoud archaeological site in Morocco do more than push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years. They also reveal what was on the menu for our oldest-known Homo sapiens ancestors 300,000 years ago
Anthropologist Receives Two Fellowships to Write Book on Ecuador Oil Pollution Case Kathleen Holder April 12, 2017
Suzana Sawyer, an associate professor of anthropology, has received American Council of Learned Societies and University of California fellowships.

Colloquium Highlights Sensory Aspects of Tea

February 06, 2017
Fully experiencing tea involves not just five senses but six, says tea master Wingchi Ip: “The sixth sense is the mind.” A tea tasting led by the Hong Kong importer of Chinese teas kicked off the second annual colloquium of the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science.

In Memoriam: Lenora Timm, Founding Chair of Linguistics

January 23, 2017
Lenora “Nora” Timm, a professor emerita of linguistics and former associate dean of Graduate Studies, died of cancer Nov. 22, 2017. She was an internationally known expert on the endangered Celtic language Breton and an environmentalist who helped preserve thousands of acres of threatened wildlife habitat in four states.
Anthropologist Receives Prestigious Packard Fellowship Kathleen Holder November 28, 2016
Margaret Crofoot, a UC Davis anthropologist studying group decision-making in primates, has been awarded a 2016 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

On Early Human Migration, Geography and Culture

August 18, 2016
UC Davis anthropologist Alexander Harcourt sums up the latest research on early human migration around the planet, saying that Homo sapiens left Africa earlier than previously thought and our diverse cultures have been heavily influenced by geography.

Student Organizes Controversial Art Show In South Africa

July 01, 2016
Matthew Nesvet, who is pursuing a doctorate in anthropology at UC Davis, studies organized crime and has been researching a syndicate that plunders gold mines in South Africa. But recently his attention has been on a controversial art show he organized in Johannesburg.