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Photograph of PhD candidate Murat Altun

The Conspiracy Within

PhD candidate Murat Altun’s research examines how humans act suspicious through ritual. “My ethnographic research maps the ways in which "rituals of suspicion" take their forms. I am particularly interested in conspiracy theories in Turkey, where the allure of popular conspiracy theoricism has recently expanded into government politics.”
Photograph of associate professor Gilliane Monnier

Digging Deeper: New Methods Give Archaeology an Edge

Anthropologists know that modern humans and Neanderthals were similar enough species that they saw each other as mating partners: they interbred when they met approximately 50,000 years ago, and Neanderthal DNA survives in many of us today. Yet, big questions remain about how “human” Neanderthals were: Did they make art and music? Did they make clothing and shelters? Did they have language? Even seemingly more mundane questions, such as how they used stone tools, remain.
Photograph of PhD candidate Mai See in anthropology

Translating Transnational Health

Mai See Thao combines academic and community health research through her work with Hmong-American communities in the Twin Cities areas and Hmong in the diaspora. In her doctoral work, she explores how Hmong-Americans make sense of their chronic illnesses. When she’s not working on her doctoral research, Mai See works to connect other’s shared illness experiences through her community based action research.
Photograph of Anthropology undergraduate student Courtney Fields

Negotiating Bilingual Space

When do bilingual people switch between one language to another? In her honors thesis, senior Courtney Fields seeks to uncover how Latino and white American restaurant workers negotiate speaking Spanish and English. Her research, coursework, and personal experience has led her to discover how English persists as dominant over Spanish, even in a nation that claims no “official” language.