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Graduate students from any department on campus are encouraged to enroll in our courses. Indeed, we encourage students to consider the Graduate Specialization in Anthropologies of Medicine, Science, and Technology, which only requires taking four courses (three of which must be from our department).


The only exceptions to this policy are:
Courses limited to Ph.D. students in the Department of Anthropology: 202A (Proseminar A), 202B (Proseminar B), 202C (Proseminar C), 215B (Research Design) and 215C (Grant and Proposal Writing)
Please note this listing is only a tentative plan. It is subject to change.

Last updated April 20, 2020


Fall 2020 Course Offerings

Course Number
Course Title

Proseminar in Anthro (Boellstorff.) (Tuesdays 2:00-4:50 pm)
Year-long intensive introduction to the history of anthropological thought and reading in classical and contemporary ethnography for first-year graduate students.


Ethnographic Methods (Kim, Eleana.)(Wednesdays 2:00-4:50 pm)
Exposes students to diverse methods, both traditional and experimental, used in anthropological ethnographic research. Students gain experience practicing diverse methods, and learn to select methods appropriate to particular study designs and contexts.


Natures & Environments (Olson, V.)(Mondays 2:00-4:50 pm)
Examines social scientific understandings of natural contexts and human milieus via a survey of key analytic categories. Begins by examining historical and ongoing definitions and problems organized around "nature" and "environment" as separate but imbricated concepts.

289 (section A)

Postfield Analysis (Peterson, K.)(Tuesdays 9:00-11:50 am)
This course is for all graduate students who have completed long-term field research and are at any stage of dissertation preparation: transcribing fieldnotes, coding data, and drafting chapters. Objectives are geared toward the following, which in combination, are critical for managing dissertation projects: 1) revisit and engage 2nd year Concept Work that rigorously links data to theory-making and to ethnographic writing; 2) practice time management: learn how to refine your organizational skills as well as keep your memo and diss writing going no matter the deadlines in front of you; 3) receive online, supportive daily check-ins from the instructor and other students regarding progress, frustrations, breakdowns, goal-meeting, or anything else that seems pertinent to the process; and 4) learn how to build in self-care and time off from your work in ways that bring a sense of ease to the process. Format: 1) Prior to the first meeting, everyone will create two time management calendars: one that charts everything that needs to be done from fall quarter week 1 to the moment the dissertation is filed. The second calendar will draw on the first by prioritizing what needs to be done in the fall and then creating a weekly work schedule for the next ten weeks. Instructions will be provided. Based upon these individual 10 week calendars, the course syllabus will be constructed by all members of the course on the first day of class; 2) There will be two groups created for the duration of the quarter: those analyzing data and those writing diss chapters. The data analyzers will be transcribing, coding, and creating weekly memos regarding analysis; and all will be trained to do so. Dissertation writers will be working toward overarching goals, which include diss chapters, job letters, etc. There will be opportunities to provide feedback on the week's progress in small groups. 3) At each class meeting two people will circulate either data memos or chapter drafts for feedback from the entire class. Note: there will be a very strict format on how feedback will be given, one that de-emphasizes lobbying for what a reader wants and emphasizes options for a writer's future drafts. 4) Some class meetings will focus on professionalization. For the academic job market, we will examine/reverse engineer successful job letters, postdoc statements, CVs, teaching statements, articles, etc., in order to get a deep understanding of genre. We will also talk about jobs outside of academia, which might be far more desirable for many participants. Overall, the course will provide a springboard for the Dissertation Writing seminar where much of this work, especially writing chapters, will continue.

289 (section B)

Science Worlds (Fortun, M.)(Wednesdays 9:00-11:50 am)
We engage ethnographic and related disciplinary approaches (literature, philosophy, feminist psychoanalytic theory, etc.) to a range of sciences and their worlds, in their material, conceptual, pragmaticist, ethico-political, and economic dimensions. Depending on student interests, science worlds to be mapped include the -omic sciences, toxicology, atmospheric chemistry, physics, neuroscience, microbiology, immunology, data and earth sciences, with particular attention to recent movements in transdisciplinary and "open science."

289 (section C)

Humanity (Al-Bulushi, S.)(Mondays 9:00-11:50 am)
This graduate seminar will offer an overview of contemporary theoretical and ethnographic approaches to 'humanity.' We will explore what it means to claim humanity, as well as the violence that such claims often entail---from the colonial era to ongoing 'War on Terror.' In doing so, we will examine how ideas about humanity have been central not only to the exercise of power, but also to resistance. Turning to the question of political violence and 'terror,' we will contend with the ways in which notions of threat have justified gendered and racialized distinctions within humanity-- between victims and killers, saviors and survivors, citizens and suspects.

289 (section D)

Anthropology of Labor (Zarate, S.)(Mondaysdays 9:00-11:50 am)
This course explores labor as a category of analysis for the field of anthropology. It will center works that theorize labor at its limits – from theories on unfreedom to racialized and gendered affective and reproductive labor. Foundational texts in Marxist labor theory, racial capitalism, and settler colonialism will be paired alongside ethnographies of labor and other creative works wherein the limits of labor may be exposed. Students will think critically as to what role labor substantively plays in their ethnographic projects in addition to grappling with the politics of labor behind doing ethnographic work.

289 (Section E)

Program Management (Olson, V.) 

This is an interactive career development course serving the interests of the participants. We will focus on the key components of creating and running nonprofit, government, and industry programs. These include building a strong resume or portfolio, research justice, community centered programming, staffing and supervision, using project management software, program monitoring and evaluation.


Winter 2021 Course Offerings

Course Number
Course Title

Proseminar in Anthropology (Murphy, K.) 
Year-long intensive introduction to the history of anthropological thought and reading in classical and contemporary ethnography for first-year graduate students.


Proseminar in Medicine, Science, and Technology (Zhan, M.)(MSTS course) (XXXXXX)
Explores the phenomena studied by "medical anthropology" and "science and technology studies" are inextricably linked, and how understanding formations requires moving between disparate fields of inquiry. Required for students pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Anthropoligies of Medicine, Science, and Technology.


Research Design (Olson, V.) 
Introduces research design for anthropology, including concept work and mapping, research topic and aims development, research question construction, and fieldwork planning.


Structuralism and Post-Structuralism (Fortun, M.)
Traces recent theoretical discussions and arguments over the philosophical and historical "subject" from structuralist decenterings toward the characteristically "post-structuralist" contemporary concern with the historical and political constitution of subjectivities and subject positions.


Multispecies Anthropology (Kim, E.)
Examines how the co-constituting categories of animal and human in tandem with investigating how engagements with human/animal relations continue to define and alter anthropology. Subthemes: meaning, nature/culture, non-humanism, ontologies, relations, matter, evolutions, ecologies, and futures


The Cultural Politics of Visual Representation (Chavez, L.)
Develops a theoretical framework for analyzing and reading visual images. Images, as cultural productions, are steeped in the values, ideologies, and taken-for-granted beliefs of the culture which produced them and a political economy that is class, race, and gender inflected.


Dissertation Writing Seminar (Nam. S.)
Intended for advanced, post-fieldwork Anthropology graduate students. Emphasis on the presentation of research design and results, problems of ethnographic writing, and qualitative and quantitative data and analysis. Prerequisites: post-fieldwork; graduate standing in Anthropology or consent of instructor.

289 (section A)

Multimodal Anthropology (Varzi, R.)
This past year anthropologists Collins, Durington, and Gill published an important call to arms in their manifesto "Multimodality: An Invitation." The call coincided with the inauguration of a multimodal section in the journal of American Anthropology – but in no way does this imply that this process or practice is a new one. Anthropologists have been doing multi-modal anthropology since Franz Boas began working with wax cylinder recording and his star student Zora Neale Hurston started experimenting with text. Anthropology has always been an inter-disciplinary field lending its methods to fields as diverse as Science and Technology Studies and Studio Art, and being influenced by these fields in turn. This course will explore the history and contemporary practices of multimodal anthropology, from sound to sensory studies, (to give a small example), allowing students to engage their research data while experimenting with new forms. It will allow a space for process, the time and the permission to play, to move material in and out of various forms until it finds its home, which may entail a form or function wholly unexpected even by its own author. The course encourages multi-disciplinary and to that end is open and encourages graduate students in any field to join us.

289 (section B)

Spirits of Capitalism (Zhan, M.)
This graduate seminar examines a variety of approaches to capitalism in anthropological and other social inquiries and, just as importantly, how these inquiries have imagined, constituted, and contested capitalism as we know it. With a focus on the intersection of modernity, capitalism, (post)secularism and (post)humanism, this seminar will discuss the conceptual apparatuses and practices developed by Weber, Marx, and their interlocutors past and present. While seriously engaging paradigmatic formulations of market, rationality, capital, labor, commodity, and value, this course is not limited by them. Instead of treating "culture"—and thereby the role of anthropology—as (studies of) the function, expression, or translation of capitalist logic/the logic of capital, this seminar helps orient the students toward developing critical analytical studies of capitalism that foreground inherent multiplicity, contingency, generativity and immanence.


Spring 2020 Course Offerings

Course Number
Course Title

Proseminar in Anthropology (Marcus, G.)
Year-long intensive introduction to the history of anthropological thought and reading in classical and contemporary ethnography for first-year graduate students.


Grant Proposal Writing (Kim, E.)
Focuses on production, critique, and revision of student research proposals. A practical seminar designed to improve student proposals, help students through the application processes, and increase students' chances of obtaining support for their research.


Feminist Anthropology (Mahmud, L.)
This course will examine the rise of feminist anthropology as an interdisciplinary field of knowledge and practice. Paying special attention to issues of power, subjectivity, and authority in the research encounter, the course will survey feminist anthropologists' major contributions to ethnography, gender studies, queer studies, and socio-cultural anthropology as a whole.

289 (section A)

Metropolitan Futures (Nam, S.)

289 (section B)

Interaction, Semiotics, and Meaning (Richland, J.)

289 (section C)

Prisons in the US (Sojoyner, D.)

289 (section D)

Ethnographic Writing (Varzi, R.)

289 (section E)

Archaeology & Materialism (Straughn, I.)





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