Cultural Anthropology journal will return to Rice in 2015Next year Rice University will become the home of Cultural Anthropology, the highest impact-rated journal in social-cultural anthropology. Rice Anthropology professors, Dominic Boyer, Jim Faubion and Cymene Howe
will serve as co-editors of the journal beginning in February 2015.
Howe's Intimate Activism Reviewed by Foreign AffairsAssistant Professor Cymene Howe's book Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua was reviewed by Foreign Affairs.
Faubion Publishes New Edited Volume on FoucaultProfessor James Faubion has published a new edited volume of essays on Michel Foucault, called Foucault Now.
This interdisciplinary volume addresses key components of Foucault's
thinking, including his approach to power, biopolitics, and parrhesia.
Ethnographic exhibition wins national public humanities prizeThe North Dakota Humanities Council has been awarded the 2013 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for After Safeguard, an exhibition of interviews and photographs co-created by graduate student Marcel LaFlamme. The exhibition, which opened in November 2012, explored the boom and bust economy generated by military investment in rural North Dakota.
Rice's Department of Anthropology ranked among the top student rated programs
GraduatePrograms.com has ranked the department as 17th on its list of the top 25 anthropology graduate programs. The rankings are based on student reviews of several graduate program features, such as faculty support, overall program value, and quality of network.
Powell honored for work to create healthier food retail options in Los Angeles
Michael Powell, who received his PhD from Rice in 2006, has been commended by the Mayor of Los Angeles “in appreciation and recognition for [his] participation in the Community Market Conversion Program to bring healthy food to all in Los Angeles.” Powell is employed at the strategy and design firm Shook Kelley, where he works with retail clients and even some urban districts to redirect food-marketing strategies. His research collaborator and co-author of the Anthropology News piece, Hanna Garth, earned her BA at Rice.
Boyer Maps the Media Landscape, TrajectoryProfessor Dominic Boyer's newest book, The Life Informatic: Newsmaking in the Digital Era, relies on ethnography from three fieldsites to describe the ongoing revolution in the media industry. His theoretical contributions include coinage of the term digital liberalism, and he concludes the book with a glimmer of hope by making five predictions about the future of news.
Samli appointed managing editor of Anthropology NowAyla Samli earned her PhD from Rice anthropology in 2011. She will serve as the new managing editor of Anthropology Now, a publication dedicated to the discipline's engagement with the broader public.
Howe analyzes activism in NicaraguaIntimate Activism, written by Assistant Professor Cymene Howe, appears on bookshelves across the country this month. Published by Duke University Press, Howe's book employs richly nuanced ethnography to trace how gay rights activists in Nicaragua successfully overturned the hemisphere's most repressive anti-sodomy law.
Rodwell wins KCC Japan Education Exchange Travel GrantGraduate student Elizabeth Rodwell won the KCC Japan Education Exchange Travel Grant for 2013. This grant enabled Rodwell to travel within Japan while doing her fieldwork, visiting Osaka and Kyoto to speak with media research specialists.