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Menopause and Night Sweat Research

A new study by researchers in the department of anthropology looks at each symptom of menopause separately, asking 200 menopausal women about their levels of stress and depression and their experience of hot flashes and night sweats.  More > Menopause and Night Sweat Research


Anthropology Matters

Anthropology is the study of people and cultures of the past and present in their cultural, biological and material contexts. From human evolution to endangered languages, cultural diversity, to health disparities, Anthropology seeks answers to some of today's most complex questions. How are we alike? What makes us different? Where are we headed? Explore what the UMass Department of Anthropology has to offer.

Article on Humor and Geopolitical Performance

Julie Hemment has published a new article, “Satirical strikes and deadpanning diplomats: Stiob as geopolitical performance in Russia–US relations” in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. Hemment describes how humor became a "political technology" between 2012 and 2020, and asks, "What happens when humor, often approached in interdisciplinary studies as a weapon of the weak, is coopted in the interests of power?" More > Article on Humor and Geopolitical Performance


Samya Stumo Memorial Fund

We are happy to announce a new memorial fund in the honor of Samya Rose Stumo who was a former undergraduate alum in the department.  Samya wrote her Honor’s Thesis on health inequities and access to care among women in Andean Peru, and then completed a MA in Global Health at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.   More > Samya Stumo Memorial Fund


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