Recent Announcements

2023-24 Stapleton Recipients

January 29th, 2024

The Department of Anthropology is excited to announce the recipients of the Stapleton Award for 2023-2024! Please click here for more information about the Stapleton Award Dhruvi…

Ally Pyne’s Harold K. Schneider Honorable Mention

November 11th, 2023

“The ethnographic material drawn from interview data with sustainable finance investor/professionals was the strength of this paper – first rate fieldwork!” Judge #2 Recently, one of our…

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Recent Publications


“Journalists as Cultural Vectors: Film as the Building Blocks of News Narratives in India”

Assistant Teaching Professor Amrita Ibrahim contributed a chapter to the newly released Anthropology, Film Industries, Modularity. This collection takes an ethnographic and comparative approach to capturing the diversity and growth of global film industries. It outlines how modularity—the specialized filmmaking tasks that collectively produce a film—operates as a key feature in every film industry, independent of local context.


“Liquid Metal Masculinity: The New Man, Will, and US Military Pharmacological Supersoldiers”

Associate Professor Andrew Bickford’s article “Liquid Metal Masculinity: The New Man, Will, and US Military Pharmacological Supersoldiers” was published in the Spring 2021 edition of Anthropological Quarterly. The article focuses on the connections between masculinity, “will,” ideology, and biomedical and pharmacological enhancements designed to make soldiers—either the New Man of modernity or the emergent pharmacological “supersoldier” of the current era in the United States—more effective and resilient on (and off) the battlefield.


“WORK WITHOUT LABOR: Life in the Surround of a Rural Prison Town”

Assistant Professor Heath Pearson’s article “WORK WITHOUT LABOR: Life in the Surround of a Rural Prison Town” appeared in Cultural Anthropology, Volume 36, Issue 2. This article challenges the idea that the U.S. prison boom is a federally-driven fix. By assembling a two-hundred-year regional history of Cliptown, New Jersey—a rural town with five prisons and three police departments—the article indicates that prisons appear not as an external fix but as the most recent technological iteration of a homegrown system that has always functioned to capture labor through white supremacist domination.


“Sex Exceptionalism, Rescue Mercenaries, and Border Vigilantes”

Chair of the Georgetown Department of Anthropology Denise Brennan‘s article “Sex Exceptionalism, Rescue Mercenaries, and Border Vigilantes” appears in issue 64.1 of Anthropology News. The article explores how fears over so-called sex trafficking fuel carceral anti-trafficking activities, but they are nothing but harmful political stunts and fundraising scams.

A map of dangers as resources made by a young Mexican border crosser.

The Damage Wrought: Immigration Before, Under, and After Trump

This anthology of essays, co-curated by Chair of the Georgetown Department of Anthropology Denise Brennan, Georgetown Anthropology alum Xitlalli Alvarez, and Gabrielle Oliveira, situates the damage wrought under the Trump presidency within decades of systematic violence and dehumanization. The essays locate this particular moment within centuries of racialized exclusions and imagine a way forward guided by those who are most impacted and are forced to employ multiple activists to challenge capitalist and carceral forces.


“Voluntary Associations as Social Micromovements”

Assistant Teaching Professor Nejm Benessaiah contributed an essay to the new collection, Informal Politics in the Middle East. Professor Benessaih’s essay adds to the literature on informal politics by providing a new perspective on the governance of natural resources—specifically, the changing political culture of an Algerian oasis region, with a focus on agricultural civic organizations. While forbidden from formal political activity, voluntary associations in Algeria are inherently political due to their collective nature.