Message from the Chair
Last year was a very good one for us. The National Research Council ranked our Department in the top ten in the country, far ahead of some traditional centers of excellence in our field. This is notable both because we ranked right alongside the large, four-field departments and because our graduate program has only been around for 16 years. Our graduate students had a phenomenal year in terms of grants: In this year's Wenner-Gren competition, we were one of the top seven submitters of proposals and our success rate was second only to Harvard. We also had spectacular results with NSF and other funding agencies. Many of our students presented their work at national and international conferences, adding luster to our reputation and demonstrating to the broader anthropological and scholarly community the reason for our reputation for rigorous yet quirky cutting-edge work.
This fall, 2011, we welcome a new cohort of twelve, yes twelve, graduate students. We will have an exciting lineup of colloquia speakers, and we will be hosting several visitors. George Marcus's guest from Switzerland, Alain Mueller, is at the Center for Ethnography. Zahir Ahmed, a Fulbrighter from Bangladesh and a well-published diaspora scholar, will be visiting, and Casper Bruun Jensen, from ITU Copenhagen (http://www.itu.dk/people/cbje/) will be here in December.
The Center for Ethnography, the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, and the Center in Law, Society and Culture will all be holding workshops, conferences, design charettes, and other events next year. We are home to the editorial offies of American Anthropologist and the book review editorship of American Ethnologist as well.
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Karen Leonard, Professor and Chair