Sociology and Anthropology Department

Revisiting an Arctic Mystery

On a practical level there was an urgency about this archaeological trip to Greenland, brought about by the fact that the landscape is altering rapidly due to climate change.

Bowdoin Senior ‘Gleans’ Surplus Farm Produce to Help Feed the Hungry (Forecaster)

Shannon McCabe has spent the summer working on a fellowship program that redirects surplus farm produce to food pantries.

Five Years Out: A NYC Midwife, Natalia Richey ’11

If someone had told Natalia Richey ’11 during her first year at Bowdoin that she would one day be working as a midwife at a big city hospital, she would have scoffed. She has just delivered her 150th baby.

Bowdoin’s MacEachern on Link Between Colonialism and Famine on NPR

Responding to a study recently released by Northwestern University, Scott MacEachern said Britain’s nineteenth century colonization of the Gold Coast was likely a factor in hastening food insecurity in Ghana’s Banda district.

Tweeting From Greenland: Bowdoin Archaeologist Shares Stories from the Field

On her seven-week archaeological excavation, Genevieve LeMoine is carrying an inReach—basically a satellite text messenger that allows her to post to Twitter (@IItaArchaeology) and Facebook (also IitaArchaeology)

Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

Off the Shelf: Professor of Anthropology Scott MacEachern

We’re visiting some Bowdoin professors in their offices, asking them to tell us about a special or important book. In this video, Anthropology professor Scott MacEachern talks about an unusual book translated into English and published in 1995.

Bill De La Rosa ’16 Named Hispanic Scholar of the Year

Bill De La Rosa ’16—a Truman Scholar, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Gates Millennium Scholar, and Michael and Susan Dell Scholar—has been selected as Hispanic Scholar of the Year.

Analyzing African Pottery: Archaeology Meets Math in Groundbreaking Collaboration

“The key insight was realizing that you could treat pottery distributions the same way you could treat microbial distributions, which is the sort of cross-disciplinary perspective that a place like Bowdoin naturally encourages.”

Bowdoin Sociologist Wins Fellowship to Write about Mexican Farmworker Movement

Marcos Lopez recently won a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship in support of his ethnographic research. He is writing articles and a book on how the farmworkers in Baja, despite facing racism, violence and powerful employers, successfully fought to improve their living and working conditions.

To Catch a Goat: An Interesting Approach to Invasive Species Eradication

“Anthropology is the study of human lives, but we also need to think about how the lives of humans are shaped by the animal and plant life around them.”

Maggie Acosta ’16 Presents Birthing Research at Development Conference

Senior Maggie Acosta applied to present her findings on reproduction in northern India at the International Development Conference held outside of Toronto in early February. Her submission was accepted, and she gave a talk at the event, which is geared toward students, academics and professionals engaged in international development and aid work.

Students Study Hawai’i in Person

Professor of Sociology Nancy Riley and a group of students traveled to Hawai’i during the winter break to see first-hand what they had studied in Riley’s fall sociology course, Cultural Encounters with/in Hawai’i.

Prof. Riley: Making Sense of China’s One-Child Policy

Professor of Sociology Nancy Riley has studied China’s population issues for many years and has published widely on subject.

Nine New Courses Offered This Semester

The following is a complete list of new Bowdoin classes as they are described in the course catalog, plus comment from the faculty teaching the course.

Bowdoin’s Newest Tenure-Track Faculty

Several tenure-track professors joined Bowdoin’s faculty this year to teach and do research in a number of fields — math, Romance languages, chemistry, digital and computational studies, theater and dance, Asian studies, history and sociology.

Passamaquoddy Frances Soctomah ’14 Weaves Together Past and Present

When Frances Soctomah makes traditional Wabanki baskets, she uses softened wood cut from ash trees and sweetgrass collected from salt marshes. As she weaves, she carries on a tradition practiced for centuries by the Passamaquoddy people.

In Chicago, Michelle Kruk ’16 Researches Gardening-Gentrification Link

This summer, Michelle Kruk ’16 is volunteering at several urban gardens located in predominantly low-income, African American communities to explore the encroachment and process of gentrification in her home city of Chicago.

Two Students Investigate Cultures Through the Lens of Food

Two Bowdoin students have academic grants from Bowdoin this summer to conduct research relating to food. While their topics are quite different — one is examining the possible impact of farm workers’ rights on small-scale farmers and the other is looking at an immigrant group’s assimilation — both are investigating areas in New York state.

Maggie Acosta ’16 Studies Birthing and Pregnancy in India

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, set between the Himalayas to the east and the Taj Mahal to the west, is home to Maggie Acosta ’16 this summer, where she is studying how a government program affects women’s experiences of pregnancy and giving birth.