Department of Anthropology

UChicago anthropologist leads global effort to improve climate change models

Current climate models do not accurately account for humans’ role in changing the environment, according to a UChicago-led team of international researchers embarking upon a project to help climate scientists better document land cover and use over the past 10,000 years. Calling it an “insanely ambitious effort,” Kathleen Morrison, the Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology, is one of the leaders of the LandUse 6K , a study that includes dozens of scholars from around the world. “I think one of...

Alumni Weekend 2015: Social Sciences & Neubauer Collegium Programs

Time is running out to register for Alumni Weekend, June 4-7, 2015. This year's Social Sciences related programing features the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, which focuses on the Humanities and the humanistic Social Sciences, supports faculty projects across the University, and brings scholars to UChicago from across the globe. 

Current program includes:

June 6

Division plans for University's 125th anniversary celebration

The Division of the Social Sciences is partnering with the Secretary of the University's Office to align anniversary celebrations during 2015-2016. Many departments and centers within (and affiliated with) the Division are celebrating anniversaries ranging from 25 years to 75 years. The Dean's Office is in the early stages of planning an event and exhibit for November 13, 2015, coinciding with the anniversary of the opening of the Social Science Research Building.

Tracing a Transition: Political Economy in Bronze and Iron Age Mongolia

My dissertation work revolves around the analysis of political economic processes and organizations in prehistoric Mongolia. Specifically, the time period under investigation is the transition between the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age (ca. 1500-500 BC). During this epoch, previous archaeological studies suggest that during this period of transformation the population experienced a radical shift in subsistence practices and political organization.