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The 70th annual meeting of Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC), hosted by the USF Anthropology Dept, will take place in Tampa at the Westin Harbour Island Hotel downtown from 6-9 November 2013.


Anthropology Celebrates Homecoming with Return
of Two Alumni

The Department helps mark USF Homecoming Week (Oct. 21-25) by welcoming home two successful alumni - Tim McKeown and Jonathan Gayles.

McKeown, a B.A. alumnus who went on for his Ph.D. at Northwestern University, will talk on Monday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in SOC 159. His talk is titled  "In the Belly of the Beast: Cultural Anthropology in the Federal Bureaucracy," and addresses his career as an anthropologist with the federal government. Refreshments provided by the GSO.

Gayles, a 2002 Ph.D. alumnus, is Associate Professor at Georgia State University, and winner of the departments Distinguished Alumus Award for 2013. He presents "Fascination and Fear: American Popular Culture and the Black Masculine Fetish,"  co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Anthropology Alumni Society, at 4pm in the TECO Room, College of Education, followed by a wine and cheese reception.

On Friday, Oct. 25, Gayles will join Department faculty and graduate students for the Annual Research Colloquium, from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in EDU 411, which also includes a Department Awards Ceremony and Reception.

All department students, faculty, alumni, and friends are invited to celebrate Homecoming Week!


Please join in congratulating Dr. Alvin Wolfe, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. The Board of the Society for Applied Anthropology has decided to award him a Distinguished Lifetime Award, which will be presented at the March 21 SfAA Awards Ceremony in Albuquerque this year.

Upcoming Speakers:

Joe Evans, a doctoral student in anthropology, is featured in a USF front page story:

USF Anthropologists receive major National Institutes for Justice grant for work at Dozier School. Please see:

Anthropology Faculty Member speaks at TED Fellows Retreat: Visiting Assistant Professor Christine Lee, who will be teaching in the Department this year, is a current TED Fellow. She is participating in a TED retreat in Britsih Columbia. Iformation about her work is at:

Costa Rica Field School Makes Front Page on USF Website. Congratulations to Dr. Himmelgreen and Dr. Romero-Daza, and their  talented students.

The research led by Erin Kimmerle and Christian Wells at the Dozier school continues to garner national publicity. Some of the most recent stories:

2013 Summer field school in Costa Rica Video NSF-REU grant funded summer research field school run by David Himmelgreen, Nancy Romero-Daza, and Sarina Ergas, of the University of South Florida.

USF Anthropology's work at the Dozier School featured on National Public Radio

The most recent Anthropology News announced Kevin Yelvington's grant from the National Science Foundation, for which he was also just awarded a supplement that will provide funding for additional graduate student research.  See:

Congratulations to Dr. Antoinette Jackson, just elected as Board Member at large for the Society for North American Anthropology (SANA). This will be a busy year for her; she is also a member of the Program Committee of SfAA, which is planning the 2014 meeting in Albuquerque, and is Co-Chair (with Ana Aparicio and Leo Chavez) of the American Anthropological Association's Public Education Initiative on Migration and Displacement, an AAA executive level committee, which also includes Lorena Madrigal. She notes that one of the committee's main initiatives is coordinating with the Smithsonian on AAA representation/participation at the 2015 Folklife Festival on the National Mall.

As always, Department faculty lead the way in national anthropological visibility!

Nancy White recently gave two Public Archaeology  at the talks at the Apalachicola Maritime Museum that are available on video. The first, at the museum's Civil War celebration weekend, describes mysterious mounds deep in the lower valley swamps. Years of research finally showed they were Confederate forts built (by slaves) to attack Union boats moving upriver; and their construction even shifted the big river to new channels. The archaeology explores human manipulation of natural environments and the loss of local memory. To watch, visit:

In the second talk, White describes the 12,000-year human record of this northwest Florida region. The drama of discovery includes searches for lost mounds, public programs with artifact collectors and local historians, and long treks through swamps and sloughs to get information on prehistoric native hunter-fisher-gatherers, early maize farmers, historic Indians and Old-World immigrants, and early Americans. Watch at: 


Congratulations to our undergraduate majors on their major awards!

Prestigious Scholarships Announced

Elaina Graham, an Honors College sophomore double majoring in cell and molecular biology and anthropology, has been awarded a Hollings scholarship. Graham is also the international projects director for Nourish International, where she works to connect with NGO’s in other countries to organize and implement sustainable projects. As a high school student, she was a recipient of the Florida Holocaust Museum Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, which honors outstanding humanitarian efforts by high school students. She hopes to earn a Ph.D. in marine microbiology and research marine organisms to investigate the potential medical and industrial uses of metabolites of marine microorganisms. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include financial scholarships and internships at a NOAA facility.

Sarah Sharfstein, a sophomore with a double major in anthropology and communications, was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship to study intermediate Arabic in Morocco for nine weeks this summer. She plans to work for the U.S. Department of State with a concentration on Middle Eastern countries. A member of Chi Omega where she has served as alumnae relations chair, she has also served as Pan-Hellenic director of community service and Junior Pan-Hellenic president. The Critical Language Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, offers fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and summer language institutes for U.S. university undergraduate and graduate students to study thirteen critical foreign languages for the summer term in locations where the language is natively spoken.

The work of Christian Wells and his students documenting cultural heritage resources on Roatan Island, Honduras,  was recently featured in Roatan’s “Bay Islands Voice,” a local popular magazine of tourism, history, and culture for Roatan and the Bay Islands. See the story at:

Congratulations to Isabella Chan, who was one of two 2013 winners of an Edward H. and Rosamond B. Spicer Travel Awards, given by the Society for Applied Anthropology, in support of travel to present a paper at the SFAA's annual meeting. Isabella is a dual-degree MA/MPH student;  her research interests include maternal health, maternal decision-making, the political economy of health, health disparities, the Peruvian Andes, participatory action research, and social justice. For full information about her award, go to:

Please join me in congratulating three colleagues who will be formally granted tenure at the upcoming Board of Trustees meeting:

Dr. Heide Castaneda: Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor
Dr. Daniel Lende: Tenure (he is already an Associate Professor)
Dr. Rebecca Zarger: Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Many congratulations to all three on their well-deserved recognition. We look forward to many more years with them all!

USF has funded a 3 year research assistantship to assist a collaborative project between USF and Exeter University in the U.K.  The research assistantship will be to conduct research on post-disaster recovery, health and third sector organizations.  The person will work with Graham Tobin and Linda Whiteford.

For more details, please go to the following web site.

USF Outstanding Faculty Members From left to right: Rob Tykot, Ella Schmidt, and Heide Castañeda show their awards as USF Outstanding Faculty Members

Three anthropologists were among 25 faculty honored by USF for recent professional recognitions, at a dinner and awards ceremony on Jan. 24, where they received a cherry wood and bronze plaque from USF President Judy Genshaft and Provost Ralph Wilcox.

Robert Tykot was honored for his election as a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Heide Castañeda for her designation as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

Ella Schmidt, associate professor of anthropology at USF St. Petersburg, was also honored as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

Congratulations to them all!

Christian Wells was recently appointed to serve on the Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program—Grant Review Committee for the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. The purpose of the committee is to “promote heritage preservation, heritage tourism, and related economic development within Hillsborough County.” Wells will serve with eight other Hillsborough County residents, including Thom Stork (President and CEO of The Florida Aquarium) and Heather Brown (Curator of Education for the Henry Plant Museum).

Twice per year, the committee recommends to the BOCC approval of up to $250,000 per proposed project that deals with rehabilitation/restoration of historic structures, additions to historic structures, improvements to historic sites or grounds, and heritage tourism projects. Previous grant awards in 2012 have included $250,000 to the Ybor City Museum Society to create the Al Lopez Baseball Museum, $22,500 to the Temple Terrace Preservation Society to reconstruct the historic bat tower in Riverhills Park, $150,000 to repair and renovate the Tampa Theatre, and $100,000 to improve the security and integrity of the Italian Club Cemetery in Ybor.

USF Anthropologists join Engineers in NSF-funded Interdisciplinary Project Focus on Sustainability

Lorena Madrigal named one American Association for the Advancement of Science of the 15 faculty at the University of South Florida as Fellows this year.

David Himmelgreen letter to the editor Tampa Bay Times

PhD Research Assistantship Opportunity: Water, Energy, and Culture in the Caribbean

Cecilia Vindrola Padros, a 2012 doctoral anthropology graduate, was selected to receive the USF Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Erin Kimmerle in New York Times

David Himmelgreen interviewed for Fox News story 'Plus-sized' women reshaping retail industry

Antoinette Jackson featured in USF News article National Parks Connection

Erin Kimmerle on NPR’s “All Things Considered”: Florida's Dozier School For Boys: A True Horror Story

Erin Kimmerle interviewed by CNN Mystery surrounds graves at boys' reform school

Christian Wells has been awarded the 2012 USF SOL Faculty Award by the USF Status of Latinos Presidential Advisory Committee, in recognition of “significant and positive contributions to the Hispanic/Latino community.” The award will be presented to Dr. Wells at the annual USF Hispanic Heritage Celebration Kickoff Event on Thursday, October 4 at 5:00 pm in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom.

Daniel Lende Publishes New Book on Culture and the Brain

FPAN Archaeological Project in Ybor City Featured in Tampa Times

Christian Wells and Study Abroad Project in Honduras Featured American Archaeology

Erin Kimmerle in USF Magazine Fall 2012 Searching for Answers

Prof. Nancy White's New Book on Florida Archaeology

Late Prehistoric Florida, edited by U. North FL archaeologist Keith Ashley and USF archaeologist Nancy White, has just been published by the University Press of Florida. It describes native societies in all different regions of the state right before the time of the Old World invasion (of which we all in Florida will celebrate the 500th anniversary next year!). Graduate alums Jeff Du Vernay and Amber Yuellig from USF's anthropology department coauthored a chapter with White, as well.

USF Archaeological Research Featured in Current Issue of Historical Archaeology
The current issue of the journal Historical Archaeology (vol. 46, no. 1), the leading journal in the field, features four articles by Anthropology faculty, graduate students, and a recent graduate. Brent Weisman's article focuses on the cultural significance of housing styles among the late 19th-century Florida Seminoles. Doctoral student Daniel Hughes, Weisman's advisee, describes a statistical technique for comparing 18th-century Caribbean ceramics. Michelle Sivilich, also Weisman's doctoral student, writes about the anthropology of U.S. military strategy in the Second Seminole War. Recent M.A. graduate Felicia Silpa describes her research at the Gamble Plantation, which is pictured on the journal cover. These articles are part of a thematic issue titled "Cosmopolitanism and Ethnogenesis, Colonialism and Resistance: Themes in the Historical Archaeology of Florida," edited by Uzi Baram and Daniel Hughes. This volume nicely showcases the research of USF Anthropology faculty and students.




The “Lost Boys of Dozier” Project Makes Front Page News.  To read more about this multidisciplinary research project involving USF forensic anthropologists, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists and biologists, click here:

New Book by Antoinette Jackson
Speaking for the Enslaved Heritage Interpretation at Antebellum Plantation Sites
Focusing on the agency of enslaved Africans and their descendants in the South, this work argues for the systematic unveiling and recovery of subjugated knowledge, histories, and cultural practices of those traditionally silenced and overlooked by national heritage projects and national public memories. Viewed through the lens of four distinctive plantation sites—including the one on which that the ancestors of First Lady Michelle Obama lived—everyday acts of living, learning, and surviving profoundly challenge the way American heritage has been constructed and represented.

Anne Pfister Receives Fulbright Award

USF's Top Tier Fulbright Scholars Five students are among the recipients of the most competitive postgraduate scholarships


Nancy Romero-Daza and David Himmelgreen Receive NSF REU Award for Field Training in Costa Rica

Nancy Romero-Daza and David Himmelgreen have been awarded a three-year Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) grant from the National Science Foundation, for a total of $418,611.  The grant will support the "Globalization and Community Health: Combining Social Science and Engineering" field school in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The 10-week field school will provide cross-disciplinary training in methods, theories, and ethics to anthropology and civil engineering students, and will allow them the opportunity to conduct community based health-related research that combines both disciplines.  In addition to the Monteverde Institute, a long-term partner, Nancy and David will work with colleagues from the USF Department of Civil Engineering, Sarina Ergas and James Mihelcic.

Trevor W. Purcell Memorial Speaker Series with Carolyn Behrman - Teaching Through Research: Food Insecurity at an Urban Elementary School - Has been moved to April 16th 2012 SOC 159 11:00

Dispelling Immigration Myths Feb. 22

WUSF's University Beat this week has a story about the Darwin Days events at USF. It features visitor Dr. Eugenie Scott, as well as comments from our own faculty - Lorena Madrigal and Liz Bird.

Elizabeth Bird in Tampa Bay Times

Statewide Chairs' Response to Governor Scott's Remarks on Anthropology

Heide Castaneda wins the USF Hispanic Heritage Award 2011 for faculty

Antoinette Jackson in American Anthropologist

Elizabeth Bird in Anthropology News

Anthropology in USF Magazine

David Himmelgreen interviewed on 10 News

>Erin Kimmerle in the news

USF's Top Social Work Educator - Iraida V. Carrion - Anthropology Alumni

An Appreciation of Susan Greenbaum
In almost 30 years at USF, Susan Greenbaum set the standard for the kind of engaged, relevant work that is now the signature of USF Anthropology. Read more about her career and goals for a very active retirement

2011 Summer Newsletter - Anthroscope


With support from the National Science Foundation, Drs. Thomas Pluckhahn, Brent Weisman, and Victor Thompson (Ohio State), will conduct archaeological research at the Crystal River site, a mound complex on the Gulf Coast of Florida dating primarily to the Woodland period (ca. 1000 B.C. to A.D. 1000). Their research will examine the dynamic between cooperation and competition in the formation of early village societies. In the few instances where the topic has been directly addressed, the focus has primarily been on chiefdoms and states, where competitive and cooperative practices were already institutionalized. Field investigations include geophysical survey, coring, and test excavations. Laboratory analyses include a variety of archaeological dating techniques, as well as studies to determine season of occupation and rate of deposition. The research contributes to the understanding of the dynamic between competition and cooperation in human societies---one of the foremost issues in the social sciences. The project also contributes to the study of social complexity through focused study of early villages, precursors to better-studied ranked and stratified societies. Finally, the project contributes to the understanding of Crystal River and related sites of the Woodland period on the Gulf Coast, an area and time period marked by one of the most distinctive, yet least understood, material culture complexes in the prehistory of North America.

Robert H. Tykot has continued with his diversity of geographic and methodological interests, mainly using archaeological science approaches to look at materials exchange and ancient diets in different parts of the world. Expanding on his work on obsidian trade in the central Mediterranean, he spent time in Croatia with his portable, non-destructive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer analyzing obsidian found at prehistoric inland sites, along the Dalmatian coast, and on some of the Adriatic islands. This was the first time ever that significant work was done on obsidian from Croatia, with one of the most important discoveries some pieces from far-away Melos in the Aegean.

Wells follows a greener path

E. Christian Wells

When USF President Judy Genshaft signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2008 to green the university, Christian Wells had no idea how his life would change over the next year. After being evacuated from his field site in Honduras in the summer of 2009 because of a military coup d'état, Wells was given the opportunity to apply what he learned from his Honduran archaeological research on sustainable land management to the USF campus by being appointed the founding Director of the USF Office of Sustainability. In his role as chief sustainability officer for USF, Wells is responsible for overseeing the President's climate commitment to reduce the university's greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the next few years (80 percent by the year 2050!), and finding new ways of making the USF campus more sustainable. Toward this goal, and working with the Provost's Office and the Graduate School, Wells helped create the new School of Global Sustainability, which will use the USF campus as a living laboratory to test out novel ideas for renewable energy, water conservation, green building, and native landscaping.

Professor Jacqueline Messing has been invited to serve on the National Science Foundation's Advisory Panel for Doctoral Dissertation Grants in Anthropology starting in 2010.  She recently published the article "Ambivalence and Ideology among Mexicano Youth in Tlaxcala, Mexico" in a special issue on INDIGENOUS YOUTH AND BILINGUALISM in the Journal of Language, Identity and Education.

Dr. Heide Castañeda has been awarded a Humanities Institute grant to support archival data collection at the Germany National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek) in Frankfurt am Main as part of an ongoing project entitled "Without Papers: Illegalized Migration to Germany since Reunification."
"Illegality" is an exceptionally fluid category, produced by shifting practices of inclusion and exclusion. In Germany, the idea of "illegal immigration" coincides with the end of the guestworker programs in the early 1970s. German reunification in 1990 set additional population shifts in motion, challenging the boundaries of the newly integrated nation. Increased freedom of movement for citizens of former socialist countries, combined with civil conflict in many regions of the world, led to a surge in immigration during this period. The political asylum mechanism, in particular, was utilized because other channels (such as labor migration) had become too restrictive or closed entirely. By the early 1990s, a concern with Überfremdung ("over-foreignization") became a dominant discourse in public debates, and despite mass expressions of solidarity with refugees, the state's response was to severely limit the constitutional right to asylum in 1993. This marked a turning point in migration policy. The right to asylum had previously held a special place in German postwar society, and it is the only nation in the world to enshrine this right in its constitution. With this calculated removal of legal entry options, unauthorized or "illegalized" migration has increased since the mid-1990s. Unauthorized migrants have increasingly filled gaps in the German shadow economy, while greater numbers of individuals from diverse backgrounds and with varying reasons for migrating have become subject to arrest, detention, and deportation. Although migrant needs in education, medicine, and social service settings were a prominent concern throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, a turning point was reached by the late 1990s with changing criteria of "deservingness" and inclusion.

Dr. Linda Whiteford, (Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Provost), has been invited to be a member of the Executive Committee for the Commission on International Programs (CIP) of the American Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), previously named NASULGC.


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