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Brenna Henn

Brenna Henn

Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Getting to Grips with Groups: Cristina Moya

Getting to Grips with Groups: Cristina Moya

By Ashley Serpa – Why do humans form social groups? What do group boundaries mean? Assistant Professor of Anthropology Cristina Moya examines the symbolic and linguistic markers humans use to determine group boundaries, and investigates why they encourage certain behaviors.

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GPS Tracking Shows Differences Between Human and Primate Societies

GPS Tracking Shows Differences Between Human and Primate Societies

By Alex Russell - Compared to other animals, humans have highly stratified societies. Birds, fish and other animals have this, too—as do other primates—but it’s not as pronounced as it is with humans. UC Davis anthropologist Margaret Crofoot, a member of the ISS Executive Committee, is working to understand what primate societies can tell us about humans and also the changing global environment.

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Jelmer Eerkens: Mystery Solved!

Jelmer Eerkens: Mystery Solved!

Anthropology and students help identify the remains of 19th century baby Jane Doe found in San Francisco backyard.

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Looking for Utopia: Smriti Srinivas

Looking for Utopia: Smriti Srinivas

By Tory Brykalski - Anthropologist Smriti Srinivas is searching for alternative futures—in the present. With today's urban spaces facing problems of waste, pollution, and uncontrolled growth, how, she asks, can we lay the foundations for humane and livable cities of tomorrow?

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Mating Market Trumps Biology in Relationships

Mating Market Trumps Biology in Relationships

By Jeffrey Day - The popularly held sexual stereotype concludes that men want as many partners as possible, and women want stability and commitment. But what men and women want from relationships also depends heavily on the supply of potential partners, according to a University of California, Davis, study.

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Meet Grad Slam Finalist Mayowa Adegboyega

Meet Grad Slam Finalist Mayowa Adegboyega

Graduate student Mayowa Adegboyega loves talking about anthropology with kids because she wants them to "see scientists as cool, chill people who are just like them." Come see for yourself just how chill when she and nine other cool finalists compete April 5 to represent UC Davis in the UC Grad Slam.

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Migration and Morality: Jeffrey S. Kahn

Migration and Morality: Jeffrey S. Kahn

By Tanzeen R. Doha – Jeffrey S. Kahn is an assistant professor of anthropology at UC Davis and a legal scholar interested in migration, mobility, and border policing. His research focuses on Haiti, the Guantánamo Naval Base, the United States, and the Republic of Bénin. Here, Kahn, who earned his PhD at the University of Chicago and his JD at Yale Law School, and who served as an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, talks to ISS about how he is shaping these interests into two forthcoming books.

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Randy Haas

Randy Haas

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

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Smriti Srinivas: Crossing Boundaries

Smriti Srinivas: Crossing Boundaries

Smriti Srinivas’ research interests are wide ranging and include cities, utopias, religion, cultural memory, cultures of performance, the body, and South Asian and Indian Ocean worlds.

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Teresa Steele: Rewriting the History of Our Species

Teresa Steele: Rewriting the History of Our Species

Paleoanthropologist helps excavate oldest-known human fossils — and their dinner.

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