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Millions migrate to mark the Year of the Rat

Thu, 23 Jan 2020

With an outbreak of coronavirus making for an unusual travel season, Rochester faculty describe the traditions—and logistical challenges—as more than 1.3 billion Chinese go on vacation at the same time to mark the new year.


How do physical spaces help create community?

Mon, 16 Sep 2019

In her highly visual, multi-year project “Fertile Ground,” cultural anthropologist Kathryn Mariner is researching placemaking in the city of Rochester, and her focus on how community is formed is shared by this year’s Humanities Center lectures.


Kathryn Mariner wins Woodrow Wilson Fellowship for her work on social inequality

Fri, 19 Apr 2019

Kathryn Mariner, an assistant professor of anthropology and visual and cultural studies, is one of 32 faculty members in the United States named as new Career Enhancement Fellows.


Crisis at the border? Anthropologist looks at Central American migration

Thu, 04 Apr 2019

Professor and author Daniel Reichman gives an overview of the last 40 years of Central American migration to the United States, and describes a system that is far more complicated than what’s often presented in the news.


‘Lewis Henry Morgan at 200’ reintroduces a landmark scholar

Fri, 21 Dec 2018

A new digital project and exhibitions on and off campus mark the bicentennial year of one of the founders of social and cultural anthropology.


In remote regions of the South Pacific, cell phones have transformed daily life

Fri, 31 Aug 2018

In a new book, The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones, Rochester anthropologist Robert Foster describes the sometimes surprising developments when governments open up the telecommunications sector to competition.


‘High-risk’ research receives University seed funding

Wed, 23 May 2018

University Research Awards for 2018-19 have been awarded to 15 projects ranging from an analysis of the roles of prisons in the Rochester region, to a new approach to genome editing, to new initiatives for advanced materials for powerful lasers.


Three faculty members named 2018–19 Fulbright Scholars

Wed, 25 Apr 2018

Two University of Rochester faculty members will be in India next fall, and a third will be in London after receiving Fulbright Scholar awards.


John Osburg to receive a Carnegie Fellowship

Wed, 25 Apr 2018

The associate professor of anthropology is one of 31 scholars in the humanities or social sciences to be awarded the prestigious honor, which will support his research exploring the revival of religion in China.


Scholars call for more research into gun violence

Fri, 06 Apr 2018

More than a dozen researchers—from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and other major institutions around the country—presented at the two-day symposium, aimed at addressing dearth of research data on gun violence.