Alumni News

Congratulations to AN Grad Hafsa Arain, recipient of the 2nd annual CAS Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL) Award

The CAS IDEAL award was created to honor CAS community members for leadership that advances the College’s strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion priorities and best exemplifies CAS’s aspiration to create a welcoming and inclusive community for all. Hafsa was selected from a robust group of nominees and will receive a $1,000 honorarium and commemorative plaque […]

READ: BU Alum Laura Heath-Stout recently completed a multi-year project on inequities in anthropological research funding

Dr. Laura Heath-Stout, a BU Alum, has recently completed a multi-year project commissioned by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Social Science Research Council, on inequities in anthropological research funding. Read the report and view a recording of a webinar about the project here: In the fall, she also co-organized a Wenner-Gren workshop on “The Socio-Politics of […]

READ: BU Alum Erica Larson has published a book based on her ethnographic research in Indonesia

BU Alum Erica Larson (GRS’19) has a new book out with the University of Hawaii Press, Ethics of Belonging: Education, Religion, and Politics in Manado, Indonesia. Based on ethnographic research in Manado, North Sulawesi, a Protestant-majority region of Indonesia, Ethics of Belonging investigates the dynamics of ethical deliberation about religious coexistence. Read more about Erica’s book and purchase it […]

2023 Alumni Dinner at the AAA Toronto Conference

Every year, BU Anthropology alumni gather at the AAA Annual Meeting to see familiar faces, meet new students, and share amazing food! The 2023 AAA/CASCA Annual Meeting was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with Keynote Speaker Kisha Supernant, PhD; Director, Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology who shared “Truth before Transition: Reimagining Anthropology […]

READ: BU Alum Annika Aneko (Annika Schmeding) has published a book on Afghan Sufi communities, Sufi Civilities

BU Alum Annika Aneko (Annika Schmeding) has published a book on Afghan Sufi communities, Sufi Civilities, coming out on November 28th and now available for pre-order. You can use the discount code “SCHMEDING20” at for a 20% discount on your purchase. Congratulations Annika! The upcoming release of Annika Schmeding’s book “Sufi Civilities,” is just a few weeks away. Early reviews for the book […]

READ: AN Alum Carol Ferrara’s article “French schools’ ban on abayas and headscarves is supposedly about secularism − but it sends a powerful message about who ‘belongs’ in French culture”

AN Alum Carol Ferrara (Emerson College) has a new piece in The Conversation!  

Q&A with Dr. Huwy-min Lucia Liu (GRS ’15)

Dr. Huwy-min Lucia​​ Liu (GRS ’15) received her Ph.D. from Boston University and is now an assistant professor of anthropology at George Mason University. Her research focuses on social change and governing death in China. Her new book, Governing Death, Making Persons: The New Chinese Way of Death is an ethnography that illustrates how death management in […]

Alumni Omar Sharifi awarded a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UMN

The Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota has awarded Omar Sharifi (BU Anthropology Graduate Alum) a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Global Policy that lasts for two-years and will begin on August 28, 2023. He will also teach one course a semester at UMN. Congratulations Omar!