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Medical Anthropology and Global Health


The Department of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, a leader in the field of Medical Anthropology, announces an exciting new programmatic emphasis in Medical Anthropology and Global Health that aims to train a new generation of scholars to meet the challenges of our increasingly globalized world. Since the inception of medical anthropology, the world and anthropology have changed. Increasingly, the local is interconnected with the global through the movement and exchange of peoples, cultures, popular ideas and practices, goods and capital, science, technology and ethics.

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Department Highlights...
•Certificate in Anthropology and Global Health
•Learn about the extraordinary success of Anthropology graduate students in obtaining national funding for their doctoral dissertation research.
Interactive Map of Anthropology Research Conducted by Faculty and PhD Candidates at Case Western Reserve University
The Anthropologist (Newsletter of the Department of Anthropology)
Learn how to join Lambda Alpha, the CWRU Ohio Theta Chapter of the national honors society for students of Anthropology
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Interested in a career in Anthropology? American Anthropological Association (AAA) website, This Is Anthropology, may have helpful information.




In the news....


Dr. Katia Almeida receives the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Teaching

Congratulations to Dr. Katia Almeida, recipient of the 2014 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is presented annually to two faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. A full length interview was recently featured in The Daily, click here to read the full article.



Outstanding examples of strength of the faculty in our department


In addition to members of the anthropology faculty who conduct cutting-edge research they are also outstanding examples of strength in teaching and mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students. Congratulations to the following faculty for being nominated for the awards below.


Drs. Katia Almeida-Tracy, Eileen Anderson-Fye, Gabriella Celese, and Janet McGrath were nominated for the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Teaching. This award is presented annually to two faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching.


Dr. Vanessa Hildebrand was nominated for the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. This award recognizes the positive impact Case Western Reserve University faculty and staff have on the lives of students.


Dr. Vanessa Hildebrand was also nominated for both the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Teaching and the John S. Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentoring. These awards are presented to four full-time faculty members who make exemplary contributions to the education and development of graduate students at Case Western Reserve University. Two awards are given for outstanding mentors and the other two for those who excel in the teaching of graduate students.



NEW! Publications


Dr. Goldstein’s A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 3, 1955-1957: Storm Clouds Descend has just been published by the University of California Press. In this new volume, Goldstein draws on never-before-seen Chinese government documents, published and unpublished memoirs and diaries, and invaluable in-depth interviews with important Chinese and Tibetan participants - including the Dalai Lama - to offer a new level of insight into the events and principal players of the time. Click here to read more in the Fall 2013 issue of The Anthropologist. Dr. Goldstein was also featured in an article in The Daily, "Anthropology's Melvyn Goldstein publishes new book on Tibetan uprising."


Dr. Korbin is co-editor of the recently published Handbook of Child Well-Being: Theories, Methods and Policies in Global Perspective, a five-volume collection that supplies readers with a thorough overview of the complexities and implications regarding the scientific and practical pursuit of children’s well-being. Dr. Anderson-Fye and 2002 alumni, James Spilsbury, are among the chapter authors.




The Department of Anthropology is now a member of the national anthropology honor society of Lambda Alpha...


The Department of Anthropology is now the Ohio Theta Chapter of Lambda Alpha. The paper work for charter membership will be submitted at the end of this semester. Please consider joining! Lambda Alpha publishes a journal every January, in which 55% of the space is reserved for student publications. There is some amount of research funding available for both undergraduate and graduate students. Alumni of the CWRU department may become members if they are within five years of graduating. Dr. Vanessa Hildebrand is the faculty sponsor and adviser for the group. Christie Ellis and Aaron Sepulveda are the Co-Presidents. For more information about membership requirements and how to become a charter member click here.


"I would like to thank Christie Ellis and Aaron Sepulveda for their hard work in organizing and assisting with this new opportunity for the entire department."

-Dr. Hildebrand