Alumni Voices

Anthropology alumni pursue a variety of career paths, including consulting and advertising, global health and medicine, law, government, academia, media and the arts, and social entrepreneurship.

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NEW YORK TIMES: A Couple Used to Breaking the Color Line

February 7, 2017

James Gibbs, who received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Harvard in the 1950's, and his wife, Jewelle Gibbs, are featured in the New York Timesas one of the very first African American couples to have their wedding announced in the paper (in 1956). While pursuing his degree at Harvard, Gibbs served as resident tutor, the first African American resident tutor in the history of Harvard University.


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Congratulations to Kathy Tran '16 for receiving the Noma-Reischauer Prize!

December 7, 2016

Kathy Tran '16 has won the Noma-Reischauer Prize for her paper, “Rising to One’s Potential: Joshi Ryoku and the Power of Femininity in Japan.” The paper was submitted for her senior thesis for her A.B. degree in Anthropology and Linguistics, written under the direction of Nicholas Harkness. She also received the Evon Z. Vogt Prize from the Anthropology Department in May 2016.


Five Anthropology Undergraduates Awarded 2016 Hoopes Prize

Five Anthropology Undergraduates Awarded 2016 Hoopes Prize

May 6, 2016

Congratulations to Hanna Amanuel, Kapena Baptista, Kevin Hilgartner, Ikaika Ramones, and Alexia Zagouras, who were among the 64 undergraduates awarded the Hoopes Prize in 2016.


The Hoopes Prize seeks to “recognize, promote, honor, and reward excellence in the work of undergraduates and their capabilities and skills in any subject,” and is considered to be one of the highest academic commendations that Harvard...

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Alumni Voices: Dilia Zwart '15

Alumni Voices: Dilia Zwart '15

June 1, 2015

I grew up in the Sonoran Desert where my Dutch upbringing and Arizona’s multicultural legacies inspired my own interests in language, culture, migration, and human rights. Every summer my family would visit relatives in the Netherlands, and in high school I began traveling independently to study language in Germany and Costa Rica and to learn about organic farming in Scotland. Throughout my travels, I felt attuned to learning from a “local” perspective by living with host families and taking classes in city centers. Only at Harvard did my interests fuse together in...

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