Author: Siavash Samei

José E. Hasemann Awarded IAF Fellowship for Field Research

Congratulations to José Enrique Hasemann, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at UCONN, for receiving an Inter-American Foundation Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship! José’s project will investigate prevention practices for the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Tegucigalpa, Honduras where the vector is associated with the spread of dengue, Zika, and chikungunya. Formative research in low-income neighborhoods in Honduras indicates that public health programs targeting mosquito-borne diseases focus on perceived inherent characteristics of target populations and implicitly tend to blame the affected populations for the spread of disease. This study will examine 1) local perceptions of mosquito-borne disease; 2) discourse of public health interventions for mosquito-borne diseases; 3) residents’ views of intervention programs and local conditions of life; 4) interactions between public health agents and local populations. This study will provide insight into how individuals affected by the Ae. aegypti vector make sense of the conditions that predispose them to infection and incorporate prevention messages into their daily lives. The anthropological focus of this research will contribute to integrated vector management approaches and new ways of understanding how individuals think about their health and their lives in relation to vector-borne disease throughout the year, when epidemics are not taking place and public health surveillance is minimal.


Jose Hasemann

Anne Kohler Awarded NSF Grant for Dissertation Research

Anne Kohler, a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at UCONN, has been awarded a prestigious dissertation research grant from the National Science Foundation’s Cultural Anthropology Program. Kohler’s doctoral research, which is anchored in the Down Syndrome Program of a major hospital in the Northeastern U.S., investigates the moral lives of people with intellectual disability including, in particular, their experiences of health, clinical encounters, and care. In addition to her own NSF-funded ethnographic research, Kohler will also collaborate with researchers at Harvard Medical School and Simpson College to design and implement a national survey of Down Syndrome, health inequities, and healthcare access. Many congratulations, Anne!


Anne Kohler

Jackie Meier Awarded Post-Doctoral Position at Trent University

Congratulations to our very own Jackie Meier, who has been awarded an SSHRC-funded post-doctoral position at Trent University! She will split her time between Canada and Bordeaux to study the fauna from a Neanderthal cave site in southern France. Jackie Will be defending her doctoral dissertation on April 17th, 2017.


Jackie Meier

UCONN’s Strong Participation in the SAA 82nd Annual Meeting

Fourteen of our faculty, graduate students, and research affiliates will be participating in the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology and the Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society. These concurrent meetings wil be held March 28 through April 2, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. This includes 8 oral presentations and 5 poster presentations. Click here for more information including names, time and location, titles, and abstracts.

Dr. Sarah Willen’s Research Featured by the Humanities Institute

UCONN’s Humanities Institute website has featured Dr. Sarah Willen’s research. Dr. Willen, a former fellow of the Humanities Institute, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute. Her research, which was partially supported by the Humanities Institute, focuses on health inequity and “health-related deservingness.” Click here for the full text of the featured article.


Sarah Willen

Richard Wilson named visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation

Congratulations to Dr. Richard Wilson for being named a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation. Richard Wilson is a Professor of Anthropology and Law at UCONN. Dr. Wilson will begin his one-year fellowship next fall. He will focus on a project on inciting speech and hate speech in the United States and the Balkans.


Richard Willson

Department Alumna Dr. Bayla Ostrach’s Upcoming Book Talk

Dr. Bayla Ostrach (UCONN 2014) will be giving a talk on her new book, Healthy Policy in a Time of Crisis: Abortion, Austerity, and Access on Saturday, April 22nd at 5PM at the UConn Barnes and Nobles at Storrs Center. See the flyer below for more information. Bayla Ostrach is currently an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University’s School of Medicine.

Ostrakh Talk

Upcoming Event on Moral Injury After War

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Wood and decorated veteran Joseph Brett will speak in an event entitled “Moral Injury after War: Remembrance, Recovery, and Reconciliation.” This event is in conjunction with two ongoing exhibitions co-curated by anthropology graduate student Jordan Kiper at the Dodd Center. This event will be held on February 27th at the Konover Auditorium in the Dodd Center between 5:00 and 7:30 PM, where David Wood will also be signing his book What Have we Done: the Moral Injury of our Longest Wars.





William Farley Accepts Offer of Tenure-Track Position at SCSU

Congratulations to our very own soon-to-be-doctor William Farley, who has accepted the offer of a tenure-track position at Southern Connecticut State University! Bill is an archaeologist specializing in archaeobotany. His research focuses on subsistence among ancient Native American populations of Connecticut. Bill will begin his new position in Fall 2017.


William Farley

Jordan Kiper’s Two Exhibits on Veterans & Yugoslav Wars

Anthropology Department’s graduate student, Jordan Kiper is co-curator of two exhibits coming this spring to UCONN:

Legacy of Veteran Expressions after War
Each veteran’s life tells a story and every veteran leaves a legacy. This exhibit is a tribute to veterans whose legacy is/was an expression of the challenges they experienced as veterans after war. From the more commonly known post-traumatic stress disorder—or the more recently developed terms of moral injury or moral wounds—to the simple fact of coming to terms with war, veterans’ experiences are profound. Many find expression through visual art, poetry, stories, songs, protests, and, for most, helping one another heal. This exhibition will run through February 28th.

Recovery and Reconciliation After the Yugoslav Wars
Often describing themselves as the forgotten, ex-fighters of the Yugoslav Wars struggle for rights and social securities in their respective societies. The purpose of this exhibit is to give voice to a small set of these ex-fighters who are working to help one another, improve the civic discourse of their society, or achieve reconciliation. Like many veterans worldwide, their messages are aimed at those who have not experienced armed conflict. They speak to the challenge of recovering from wounds—physical, mental, and moral—and avoiding the inevitable losses of war. This exhibition will run through March 14th.

Opening night for both exhibits is Friday, February 10th, 2007 at the Dodd Center from 4pm to 6pm.