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Portrait of Karen Ho

New Ways to See the World

Cultural anthropologist Karen Ho has recently been appointed director of CLA’s Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies initiative, which involves the cultural and social frameworks she has used in her research on the culture of finance. “[There are] a lot of intellectual and social synergies between anthropology and the study and critique of power, race, ethnic, and gender studies.”
Photograph of professor Kat Hayes

Paving the Way Towards Preservation

Professor Kat Hayes specializes in archaeology and her research covers issues relating to settler colonialism in North America. Her interests have led her to focus on both history and archaeology, memory, and heritage studies. As a convener of the Institute for Advanced Studies Heritage Collaborative, Kat has made strides towards developing a new, interdisciplinary graduate program that can prepare the next generation of archaeologists and heritage professionals for an interdisciplinary and community-based field.
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.