The Department of Sociology & Anthropology


Upcoming Events

Sociology/Anthropology Research Symposium  
Wednesday, April 29
4:30pm in the Soc/Anth Classroom
(Refreshments will be served) More information to follow

E.S. Curtis The North American Indian: The Kwakiutl

Curated by Anthropology Major, Marc Jablonski '15
March 11 - April 11, 2015
June 10 - July 26, 2015 (for a summer show)

Martin Art Gallery
Reception: March 11, 4:30 - 6pm
Gallery Talk: March 13, 1:30 - 2:15pm

Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian, published from 1907 to 1930, is a collection of 20 volumes of large-format photogravures and written text, documenting more than 80 indigenous peoples west of the Mississippi River through Curtis's literal and figurative lens. Between 1910 and 1914, Curtis spent his time on the Pacific Northwest Coast photographing the Kwakwaka'wakw for Volume X. Historically and improperly referred to as the "Kwakiutl," their territory includes what is now Vancouver Island, parts of mainland Canada, and the archipelago of smaller islands in British Columbia, Canada. 
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Paid Summer Internship Opportunity,
for Sociology/Anthropology Majors/Minors.
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**Muhlenberg College Students to Dig for Artifacts in Nazareth


Recent Award recipients:
Phi Beta Kappa - Rachelle Jereza and Allison Berger
Lucille Cafouros Award in Anthropology - Simmi Patel
Lucille Cafouros Award in Sociology - Talia Ramo
Crossette Family Fellowship for International Research - Dr. Benjamin Carter

r. Ben Carter, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has been awarded a four week Faculty Summer Research Grant for this summer to conduct research on the social and political domination of the Peruvian coast by the Inca as seen through newly discovered burials.

Dr. Amy Cooper, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, has been awarded an 8 week Faculty Summer Research Grant to conduct ethnographic research on the politics of public health in Caracas, Venezuela this summer.

Megan Postemski '13, Anthropology Major, has been admitted to the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anthropology to pursue a PhD in archaeology. She will begin the program in Fall 2014.

Krista Bywater, Assistant Professor of Sociology, presented a research paper "Activist Academics: Opposing the Keystone XL Pipeline" at the Global Studies Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on March 1, 2014.

Krista Bywater, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Rachel Dordal '14, Sociology Major, presented a research paper "Beyond Bottled Water Strategies for Promoting Pro-environmental Behaviors and Policies" at the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in Baltimore, MD on February 22.

Joshua Clement '14, Sociology Major, Presented his honors thesis research "Religion and Community-Led Development in Bulongwa, Tanzania" at the poster session of the Eastern Sociological Society Conference in Baltimore, MD, February 21.

Krista Bywater-Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Rachel Dordal '14, Sociology Major, presented a paper "Beyond the Boycott:  Strategies for Reducing Bottled Water Consumption on College Campuses" at the LVAIC Sustainability Conference at Lehigh University on February 8.

Megan Postemski '13 - Was awarded the Class of 1969 Graduate Study Award.

Brianna Brown '13 - Has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She will begin graduate studies this fall at the London School of Economics.

Amanda Von Taube '13- Has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Nicole McVinua '13 -  Has been accepted to teach in South Louisiana as a member of the 2013 Teach for America corps.

The Sociology and Anthropology Department’s mission is fourfold:

  1. to teach students discipline specific history, knowledge and methods,
  2. to help students develop critical thinking skills in order to produce reflective, logical, independent theses,
  3. to support the liberal arts mission of the college, and
  4. to add to the body of sociological and anthropological knowledge by conducting and disseminating research.

We are committed to excellence in our teaching and research programs. Read more about the Department's mission.




Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Sociology/Anthropology House
2230 Chew Street (at the end of Leh Street by the Tennis Courts)
Allentown PA, 18104
Phone: 484-664-3873     Fax: 484-664-3718

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