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“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 or Shelley at

Updated 11/15/2021


12/8:   LAST Day of Classes
12/9:   Personnel Comm. meeting 12-2pm
12/10: Dept. Meeting 1230-2pm
            Lect: Castriela Hernadez, Reyes. 230-4pm
12/22: Final Grades Due on SPIRE by midnight


►Congrats to Whitney Battle Baptiste for being elected president-elect/Vice president for the AAA. Link

►Congrats to
Sharonee Dasgupta for being awarded a 2 year Prafulla C. Mukerji foundation scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to financially assist qualified students to initially establish themselves in a course of study in the US.  Congrats Sharonee!

►Congrats to Danielle Sedelow for receiving an SBS Staff Professional Development Award


12/15: Dissertation Defense: Virginia “Jena” McLaurin
11 am - 1:00 pm Machmer E24
Title: Digital Indigeneity: Digital Media’s Uses for Identity Formation, Education, and Activism by Indigenous People in the Northeastern United States

12/16: Dissertation Defense: Dana Conzo  
 4:00-6:30 pm Virtual (TBA)
Reclaiming the Future through Small-Scale Agriculture: Autonomy and Sustainability in the Caribbean
12/17: Dissertation Defense: Ahmad Mohammadpour
      10:30 am-1:00 pm Virtual (TBA)
Title: Blood for Bread: Kurdish Kolbers, State Violence, and Another Call for Militant Anthropology (A Dissertation portfolio)

12/17: Dissertation Defense: Erica Kowsz
  1:30-3:30 pm Machmer E24 and Virtual
 Rules and Recognition: Indigenous Encounters with Society and State

1/13/22: Dissertation Defense: Vanessa Miranda-Juarez
  12:00-3:00 pm EST  Virtual
 Nahuatl Discourses and Political Speeches as Ways to Negotiate the Racial Monolingual Ideology of the Mexican State in Hidalgo, Mexico

The department’s staff is maintaining some remote work time each week.  Below is the schedule of who you can expect in-person in Machmer Hall each week day.  
As always, regardless of our work location, we are all easily reachable via email, zoom or telephone during normal business hours (barring sick/vacation days).    


Below are the various department meetings which have already been confirmed.  Stay tuned for additional meetings to be added as their schedule dates and time are confirmed.   Meetings will generally be hybrid unless otherwise noted.

CALENDAR (meetings and events)




Personnel Committee 12-2pm Machmer E26A


Department Meeting 12:30-2pm Machmer E24
Lect: Castriela Hernandez 2:30-4:00pm (virtual)


Finals Week


Final Grades Due on SPIRE by midnight

Department Forms, Lists, and More

Click on each link to access and/or download each.
New: Non-travel Reimbursement Form

New: Travel Reimbursement Form

New: Mileage Reimbursement Form

New: New Hire Request Form

Travel Card / ProCard Use Request Form
Department Travel Card Use Info

Map of Machmer Hall

For complete and up to date information on departmental policies, procedures, protocol and other useful information, check out the 2021 MegaMemo!  Click here

Department Faculty Service Roles

The complete list of Faculty Service Roles for the Academic Year 2021-2022 is below.

Personnel Committee

Chair: Brigitte Holt

Members:  Nick Caverly, Betsy Krause

SBS Pers. Com. Representative Nominee:

Lynnette Leidy Sievert

Graduate Studies Program

Chair/Director: Jason Kamilar(FA21 Sabbatical)
                               Tom Leatherman (Interim FA21)

Members: Whitney Battle-Baptiste, Todd Disotell, Shelley Silva. Grad rep

Curriculum Committee

Chair: Julie Hemment

Members: Krista Harper, Boone Shear, Achsah Dorsey, Shelley Silva, grad rep

Academic Schedule Administrator: Hemment/Silva

Colloquium Coordinator(s):

Felicity Aulino,

Undergraduate Program

Director: Krista Harper

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

Ad Hoc Undergraduate Advising (registration period): Lynnette Sievert

Honors Coordinator: Ventura Perez
Internship/Experimental Education Coordinator:
Boone Shear

Ad-Hoc Racial Justice Collective:
Amanda Walker Johnson, Lynnette Arnold

Collections Management & Repatriation Advisory:

Sonya Atalay
Collections Members: Brigitte Holt, Ventura Perez, Haeden Stewart, Julie Woods

CERP MA Program:

Jen Sandler Fall, Boone Shear Spring

MSP Representative: Boone Shear, Jen Sandler

Faculty Senate Representative:

Graduate Student Info


Graduate Students

Deadlines for February 1, 2022 Degree:  December 20, 2021 is the final day to submit Eligibility Forms and all paperwork, uploads, and Eligibility Forms are due to the Graduate School on January 10, 2022.

Deadlines for May 2022 Degree:  April 13  is the final day to submit all paperwork, uploads and the Eligibility Form is Due March 30th to the Graduate School for May 10 degree.

Deadlines for September 1, 2022 Degree: August 31, 2022 is the final day to submit all paperwork, uploads, and Eligibility Forms to the Graduate School for the Sept. 1 degree. Eligibility Forms are due August 17th

Deadlines Applications/GSR etc:
Graduate Study Review: Students Info Due Sept. 27 | Faculty Summary Due Oct. 1. 2021
Graduate Travel Award:  Fall: Due:  October 1, 2021  | Spring: Due TBA
Sylvia Forman Graduate Scholarship:  March 24,  TBA
Dept. Pre-Dissertation Research Awards Winter/Spring 2021:  March 30, TBA
 Richard B. Woodbury Award: TBA

TA Applications Fall 22-Spring 23: February 2022
Lab Coordinators: February 26, TBA
CPE Applications FA21-WT22-SP22: April 9, 2021
RAP Teaching Applications : February 26, TBA
Armelagos-Swedlund Graduate Research Award: April 23, TBA
Dissertation Writing Fellowship: March 31, TBA
Armelagos-Swedlund Dissertation Writing Fellowship: Due April 9, TBA
Graduate Advising Week: Sept. 13-17, 2021
MA Assessments meetings scheduled for Wednesday, April 2022

 Notices, & Other Miscellany

For our travelers, remember to submit your pre-travel authorization online prior to the date of your travel to ensure the controller’s office will approve your travel reimbursements.  If you need assistance, be sure to ask Grace or Beverly. 

Alum Newsletters Are Here!

The alumni newsletter, Being Human, is our annual department publication, featuring all of our great events and the fantastic things we’re all doing each year.  Thanks to you for the tons of fantastic photos and articles you share, this publication helps to keep our alums and friends updated on the amazing things we’re doing.  Remember to email Beverly with anything you’d like to share for the next issue!

Being Human 2021 (Click here to open the pdf)

Being Human 2020 (Click here to open the pdf)
Being Human 2019 (
Click here to open the pdf)

Being Human 2018 (Click here to open the pdf)

Being Human 2017 (Click here to open the pdf)



Do you know an undergrad considering Anthropology as a major?
Or, do you know someone who wants to learn more about our undergraduate program?  A new brochure is available for anyone interested.  Click here to view, download, and share the new brochure.


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