Program Graduate Dr. Laurel Bradley (PhD 2014) Named a 2015-2015 Science and Technology Policy Fellow


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Dr. Laurel Bradley, PhD 2014

Dr. Laurel Bradley has been named a 2015-2016 Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  These highly competitive fellowships bring scientists and engineers into federal policymaking processes to promote deeper engagement between policy and science.  She will draw on her anthropological training in gender analysis and her ethnographic research on international women labor migrants in her fellowship placement in the Office of the Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at USAID starting September 1st.


Anthropology Faculty Member and Graduate Student Featured in University Post Highlighting UNC Summer Projects

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Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Anna Agbe-Davies was featured in a university post on summer projects engaged in by UNC faculty.  Her work mentoring two rising seniors in their scholarly research as a part Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) was highlighted as a significant aspect of encouraging and preparing the next generation of young scholars.

Anthropology PhD student Marissa Wojcinski was also featured for her work with the archaeology themed summer camp offered by Morehead Planetarium.  The camp was for kindergarten and first-grade students and was designed to keep them engaged in the study of science over the summer months.


Anthropology Graduate Student Elisabeth Nebie Featured in Global Studies Center Video


Elisabeth Nebie, Anthropology Graduate Program

Anthropology PhD student Elisabeth Nebie was featured in a video recently released to better link students with information about the global area studies centers at UNC and the opportunities they offer for students to research and engage global issues.

More information about the video and the six global area studies centers can be found here.


Dr. James Peacock Honored on UNC Homepage for Long, Distinguished Record

PeacockOn July 29th, 2015 Dr. James Peacock’s venerable record at Carolina was honored by a post recognizing his many contributions, including his balanced approach to pursuits of scholarship and passion for service.

Dr. Peacock retired from his position as Keenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology in the Spring of 2015.  His decades-long commitment to UNC was commemorated in May of 2015 in the James and Florence Peacock Atrium in the Fedex Global Education Center.

Geoffrey Hughes Named Field Director of Archaeological Project in Old Salem

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Geoffrey Hughes at the dig site in Old Salem.

Graduate Student Geoffrey Hughes has been named Field Director for an archaeological project conducting excavations and research at the 1766 Builders House in Old Salem.  He applied for the highly competitive Richard Bland Fellowship and was chosen from among the applicants for his high-quality scholarship.  This is especially significant in that the site will be a focal point for Old Salem’s 250th Anniversary coming in 2016.

Geoffrey will be leading a team of two other field crew members.  All three will conduct their work under Old Salem’s Director of Archaeology, Dr. Mo Hartley.

We congratulate Geoffrey on his excellent accomplishment and look forward to learning what his field work will uncover!

International Symposium Focusing on Chinese-Latin American Economies: June 1 and 2

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Dr. Juliane Mueller, Visiting Scholar (Postdoctoral Fellow, Volkswagen Foundation)

Dr. Juliane Mueller, Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Fellow, will be hosting an international symposium entitled, Entrepreneurship, Artisans, and Traders: the Remaking of China-Latin America Economies.  It will be held June 1st-2nd and located in the University Room in Hyde Hall.


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University Room, Hyde Hall



The symposium is free and open, but please email Juliane Mueller if you plan to attend:




The event is sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation of Hannover, Germany; the UNC Department of Anthropology; Carolina Asia Center of UNC; the Institute for the Study of the Americas of UNC.



Dr. James Peacock Retirement Celebration Honors Decades of Commitment to UNC


Dr. James Peacock, Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Anthropology


Friends and family gathered in the James and Florence Peacock Atrium of the FedEx Global Education Center on May 7th for a retirement celebration commemorating Dr. James Peacock’s decades of commitment to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Celebration speakers included:

Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Chair, Department of Anthropology
Dorothy Holland, Professor Emeritus, UNC Anthropology
Arturo Escobar, Kenan Distinguished Professor, UNC Anthropology
Ron Strauss, Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer
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Dr. Peacock addresses friends and family.

Dr. Peacock also gave a moving speech that chronicled his career, including his travels to Indonesia and his forty eight years of service as a faculty member at UNC. Among the many friends and family gathered from the university and community were Peacock’s own wife Florence, two of his daughters Louly and Natalie, son-in-law Emiliano, and two granddaughters Isabella and Lucilla.


The celebration was hosted by the Department of Anthropology with additional support provided by UNC Global and the College of Arts and Sciences.


The Anthropology Department would like to give special thanks to Jonathan Hartlyn, Niklaus Steiner, and Ingrid Smith for their assistance in event planning and to Alison Domonoske ’15 for photographing the celebration.

Dr. Steponaitis Receives Faculty Award

the-dean-and-dr-steponaitis-photo-1-300x200At the 2015 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, Dr. Vin Steponaitis was awarded the 2015 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.  His nomination for the award came from current and former graduate students who touted his generosity, his guidance, and his encouragement.  Dr. Steponaitis has been with the University, the Department of Anthropology, and the Research Laboratories of Archaeology since 1988 and has mentored over 20 students since then.  Congratulations, Vin!

Faculty Members Awarded URC Grants

We congratulate the following faculty members who have been awarded grants by the University Research Council to continue their work!


Charles Price

Publication grant for his new book —

Rasta: The Evolution of a People and Their Identity.


Amanda Thompson

Research grant for her project —

Exploring the Impacts of Caesarian Sections on Infant Health and Development: A Pilot Project in the Galapagos Islands.  


Colin West

Research grant for his project —

Explaining Vegetation Trends in Sahelian West Africa: Remote Sensing, Ethnography, and GIS.