Chairs Greeting

Hello Friends,

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology!  We are a relatively small undergraduate Department in Georgetown College, celebrating our tenth anniversary this year.  Our small size allows our students, faculty and alumni to work closely together.  We have a strong commitment to “public” scholarship and teaching.  This means that our faculty and students are engaged in timely human issues through lively classroom discussion, critical guest lectures, and events that reflect our commitment to diversity and social activism.

This year, we will continue our lunch-time lecture series, the student-led Anthropology Collective, our Stapleton Fellowship, and teach-ins and workshops that keep pace with unfolding events on campus and around the world.  While Denise Brennan is on leave this year, I and faculty members Andrew Bickford, Mubbashir Rizvi, Sylvia Onder, Laurie King, Amrita Ibrahim, Nell Haynes, and others are looking forward to meeting you.

Anthropology alums are now working in corporate settings, the non-profit sector, and as filmmakers, journalists, attorneys, and medical doctors. Moving around Washington DC and across the country, you will find our alums working in educational, public policy, and human rights institutions. In short, they are talented and successful, and they use their “anthropological knowledge” to help mentor current students and young people within the wider community.  We take pride in the fact that anthropology as a discipline prepares students for “the real world” by training them to think analytically and to write clearly and persuasively. Anthropological thinking and ethnographic methods allow students to understand the cultural logic that undergirds a variety of communities.  Anthropology prepares students to become “citizens of the world” who make thoughtful contributions to issues of importance to them.

Come visit our beautiful Departmental space overlooking the Potomac, in Suite 308 of the Car Barn at 3520 Prospect Street, and meet our faculty and students. Our building is diagonally across the street from 1789 and the Tombs.

I look forward to a productive year of learning with you all.

Best Wishes,

Gwendolyn Mikell

Chair