2013-14 Alumni News

New Book by Michelle Parsons (Emory Anthropology PhD, 2011) Published by Vanderbilt University Press

Dying Unneeded, the Cultural Context of the Russian Mortality Crisis, a new volume by Emory Anthropology Adjuct Professor Michelle Parsons, discusses how the country's mortality crisis is as much about how Russians live as about how they die.

Daniel Jordan Smith (Emory Anthropology PhD, 1998) Publishes New Book on AIDS and Africa

AIDS Doesn't Show Its Face, Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria by Daniel Jordan Smith, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Brown University, is just released by the University of Chicago Press. In this volume, Smith argues, that Africa is largely transformed into a mere vehicle to explain AIDS, and in AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face, he offers a powerful reversal, using AIDS as a lens through which to view Africa.

Emory Alumna Leandris Liburd Honored by BlackDoctor.org

Leandris Liburd (PhD, 2006), currently the Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the Centers for Disease Control, was recently named BlackDoctor.org Top Blacks In Healthcare 2014. Congratulations to Dr. Liburd on this honor.

Three Emory PhDs Recognized in "50 Best Cultural Anthropology Dissertations 2013"

Congratulations to recent PhDs Matthew Dudgeon, Swargajyoti Gohain, and Jennifer Tookes for their inclusion in the Anthropologyworks blog's list of best cultural anthropology dissertations of 2013. This blog is a project of the Culture in Global Affairs (CIGA) research and policy program of the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to promote awareness of the relevance of anthropological knowledge to contemporary issues and to enhance discussion and debate within and beyond anthropology about contemporary issues.

Columbia University Press publishes book by anthropology alumnus Ahjond Garmestani

Ahjond Garmestani, JD, PHD, (BA, 1993) is a research scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency–National Risk Management Research Laboratory. He co-edited Social-Ecological Resilience and Law with Craig Allen (University of Nebraska-Lincoln). This volume features top legal and resilience scholars speaking on resilience theory and its legal applications to climate change, biodiversity, national parks, and water law.

Recent Alumni News

Graduate alumnae Andrea Abrams and Riché Daniel Barnes recently published articles in Anthropology News in advance of the AAA conference later in November. Andrea's article highlights presentations to be featured at the "Association of Black Anthropologists and the AAA Meeting," while Riché discusses issues of race faced within the field of anthropology in "Anthropology Is for Us, Right?."

Andrea is an assistant professor of anthropology, gender studies and African American studies at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. She is the Program Chair of the Association of Black Anthropologists. Riché is an assistant professor in the department of Afro-American Studies at Smith College. She is a speaker and scholar on race, gender, class and family studies in the African American and Afro-Diasporic experience. Her forthcoming book explores race, gender, and social class mobility among African American professional married mothers.