“AnthroCentral” is a publication of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.



This page is designed to share important information for Anthropology Department Faculty, Staff, and Students.  
If you have any questions or ideas for additional content, contact Beverly at
bmorrison@umass.edu or Shelley at sbellor@anthro.umass.edu.

Updated 10/10/2018


10/17: Digital Storytelling 12:30-2pm
Book Salon: Betsy Krause 6-8pm MHC


Laurie Godfrey, Emerita and Ventura Perez, Associate Professor along with their colleagues were just published in Science Advances. The article pushes back the date of human occupation of Madagascar 6,000 years based on the butchery marks on the remains of an Elephant Bird. The analysis was conducted here in the Violence and Conflict Lab before the bones were taken to be curated at the Smithsonian.



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Cecilia Vasquez successfully passed her PhD Comprehensive Exam
Title: The Boundaries of Safety: Examining the possibilities and limitations of Sanctuary in San Bernardino County
Daniel Habtemichael will be defending his PhD Dissertation On Thur. November 15 at 11am in Machmer E24
Title: Modeling the Local Political Economy of Adulis: 1000 BCE-700 ACE


Departmental meetings take place from 12:30-2pm unless otherwise noted.

Mon. 10/15

AFR’s Due

Wed. 10/17

701: Digital Storytelling screening & panel 12:30-2 Machmer E24
Book Salon w/ Betsy Krause | 6-8pm | Mount Holyoke College

Fri. 10/19

Search committees meet
GSC meets 12:30-2pm in Machmer E21

Wed. 10/24

701: 2018 Summer Research Grant Presentations 12:30-2pm Machmer E24

Fri. 10/26

Faculty Caucus 12:30-2  E24 or GSC??

Mon. 10/29

Armelagos-Swedlund Annual Lecture: Charles Briggs  4:30pm  CHC Event Hall

Fri. 11/2

Fac Caucus: Grad Study Comm gives RGF presentation 12:30-2 E24

Mon. 11/5

SP19 Registration Begins

Wed. 11/7

Executive Committee Meetings 12:30-2pm Machmer E26A

Fri. 11/9

Faculty Caucus 12:30-2pm Machmer E24
EuroLab: Massimo Bressan 3:00-4:30pm in Machmer E24

Mon. 11/12


Wed. 11/14

UMass follows a Monday Schedule


AAA Meetings San Jose, CA


Thanksgiving Break - No Classes

Wed. 12/5

Executive Committee Meetings 12:30-2pm Machmer E26A

Fri. 12/7

Faculty Caucus 12:30-2pm Machmer E24

Wed. 12/12

LAST Day of Classes

Fri. 12/14

Finals Begin

Wed. 12/19

Archaeology Search Committee Presentations  E24

Thu. 12/20

Last Day of Finals

Wed. 1/2/19

Final Grades Due in SPIRE by NOON


Department Forms, Lists, and More

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Travel Card / ProCard Use Request Form

Expense Reimbursement Form

Map of Machmer Hall

Phone/Office List for Anthro Faculty & Staff

Click here if you missed the Fall 2016 MEGA MEMO.

Department Faculty Service Roles

The complete list of Faculty Service Roles for the Academic Year 2018-2019 is below.

Personnel Committee

Chair: Lynnette Sievert

Members: Julie Hemment (Fall18), Jason Kamilar, Betsy Krause, Krista Harper, Tom Leatherman

SBS Pers. Com. Representative Nominee:

Ventura Perez

Graduate Studies Program

Chair/Graduate Program Director:
Tom Leatherman(FA18) Brigitte Holt(SP19-interim)

Members: Felicity Aulino, Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Amanda Walker Johnson, Shelley Silva, Staff

Curriculum Committee

Chair: Jackie Urla(FA18), Julie Hemment(SP19)

Members: Krista Harper, Jason Kamilar,  

Boone Shear, Shelley Silva

Academic Schedule Administrator: Urla/Silva

European Program Director:

Betsy Krause

701 Colloquium Coordinator(s):

Krista Harper

Undergraduate Program

Director: Krista Harper

Chief Undergrad. Advisor, Internship/Experiential Ed. Coordinator: Boone Shear

Ad Hoc Undergraduate Advising (registration period): Lynnette Sievert

Honors Coordinator: Sonya Atalay

Collections Management:

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Rae Gould

Ad Hoc Collections Committee members:

Eric Johnson, Brigitte Holt

Repatriation Advisory Committee Members:

Sonya Atalay, Ventura Perez

Welcome our new Graduate Students:

Cagla Ay PhD student working with Felicity Aulino
Meredith Degyansky PhD student working with Betsy Krause
Danielle Raad PhD student working with Whitney Battle-Baptiste
Cedar Robideaux MA/PhD student working with Sonya Atalay
Peteneinuo Rulu PhD and Sofiya Shreyer MA/PhD student working with Lynnette Sievert


Graduate Students
Deadlines for February 1,  2019 Degree:  December 14th is the fina day to submit all paperwork, uploads and Eligibility Forms to the Graduate School for February 1 degree.

Deadlines for May. 2019 Degree:  April 10th is the final day to submit all paperwork, uploads and Eligibility Forms to the Graduate School for May 10 degree.

Deadlines for September 1, 2019 Degree: August 31 is the final day to submit all paperwork, uploads, and Eligibility Forms to the Graduate School for the Sept. 1 degree.

All Students
Graduate Travel Award:  
Due October 19th @ 12pm  
Sylvia Forman Graduate Scholarship:  TBA
Dept. Pre-Dissertation Research Awards 2019:  TBA
Richard B. Woodbury Award:
 Due March 22, 2019 @ 12pm

TA Applications Fall 18-Spring 19: Fri. April 7-Noon
Lab Coordinators:
Mon. April 30-Noon (full year)
CPE Applications Fall 19, Winter 20, Spring 20: Due:
RAP Teaching Applications Fall 19:TBA
Armelagos-Swedlund Graduate Research Award: TBA
Dissertation Writing Fellowship: TBA

 Notices, & Other Miscellany

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Alum Newsletters Are Here!

The alumni newsletter has become our new annual publication, featuring all of our great events for each year in review and tons of fantastic photos, to keep our alums and friends updated on the amazing things we’re doing.

The 2017-2018 Issue is here! Click here to open the PDF

2016-2017 Issue.  Click here to open the PDF



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