Academic Life

Why Boko Haram Insurgents are ‘Slave Raiders,’ and What Can Be Done About It

People in the borderlands between Cameroon and Nigeria commonly refer to the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram as “slave raiders,” Professor of Anthropology Scott MacEachern explains in The Washington Post. “There’s good reason to use that term,” he continues. “In many striking ways, Boko Haram’s raids for ‘wives’ parallel the slave raids of a century ago.”

‘The Secret Story of a Terrible Love:’ A Love Story Masquerading as a Crime Novel

Prof. Nadia Celis’s research casts a new light on Gabriel García Márquez’s classic crime novel Chronicle of a Death Foretold. She’s planning a collaboration with the Theater and Dance department to tell the story.

Three Things Sara Dickey Wants You To Know about Her Latest Book ‘Living Class in Urban India’ — And the Cool Honor It Just Received

Professor of Anthropology Sara Dickey’s latest book, Living Class in Urban India, has been honored by the Association for Asian Studies.

Mapping Project Introduces Education Students to Computer Science Skills

Seniors in an education class have been learning valuable computer science skills to gain greater insight into the impact that policy decisions have had on some of the country’s biggest school districts.

Eleven Faculty Members Promoted with Tenure

From plate tectonics to molecular ecology, from the history of jazz to Asian Communism, from game theory to the French Revolution, the candidates span a wide variety of subjects.

From Truman to Trump: Getting a Handle on Modern US History

History and Africana Studies Brian Purnell is teaching a new generalist course in US history this semester, designed to give students an informed understanding of how America became the country it is today.

Reappraising Ovid: Professor Boyd Examines the Roman Poet’s Relationship with Homeric Tradition

The Winkley Professor of Latin and Greek aims to shed fresh light on the literary connections between Ovid and Homer, who lived nearly a thousand years before the Roman poet, and who may well have been several different people!

In New Yorker Article on Bratz Dolls vs. Barbie, Bowdoin Economist Offers Insight

Jill Lepore H’15 reports on the expensive legal battle waged between the two corporations that sell Bratz dolls and Barbie dolls, arguing that their struggle illuminates the tensions in our society “between fashion and porn, between originals and copies, and between toys for girls and rights for women.”