Department News & Events
At the annual August 2012 meeting of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty, Dean
Henry Kurtz awarded Dr. Ruthbeth Finerman a Dunavant University Professorship. This award is given in recognition of exceptional achievement in teaching, scholarship,
service, and outreach. Such accomplishments are reflected in the leadership Dr. Finerman
provided for the Department of Anthropology's recent celebration of the 35th anniversary
of the Master's program in applied anthropology. The reunion surrounding the celebration
drew legions of alumni from across the country and from around the Mid-South, and
its great success is a testament, in part, to Professor Finerman's vision, energy,
Dr. Finerman received her PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles in
1985. She specializes in research and teaching in applied medical anthropology, focusing
on family health and caregiving, international health services delivery, medical choice
and change, human sexuality and childbirth, ethnomedicine, and mental health. She
was a Fulbright Scholar in 1999 and has received The University of Memphis Outstanding
Young Researcher Award, the University of Memphis Distinguished Teaching Award, the
College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Thomas Briggs Foundation
Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Stan Hyland of the University of Memphis has been selected to receive the 2012 Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology. Hyland, a professor of anthropology and head of the School of Urban Affairs & Public
Policy at the University, will be honored at the American Anthropological Association's
annual meeting in November.
The Kimball Award was initiated by royalties from Applied Anthropology in America,
a volume dedicated to Kimball, who taught that "the study of human behavior should
be of service to people." The award has been presented every other year since 1984.
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the award now provides a $1,000 prize.
The Kimball Award honors exemplary anthropologists for outstanding recent achievements
that have contributed to the development of anthropology as an applied science and
that have significant impact on public policy. The anthropological contribution may
be theoretical or methodological. The impact on public policy may be in any area ¬–
domestic or international – including biodiversity, climate change, energy, international
relations, medicine, public health, language conservation, education, criminal justice,
development, or cultural heritage.
Since joining the U of M in 1976, Hyland has received 30 major honors. His research
interests include neighborhood revitalization, community building, social entrepreneurship,
and economic development. He has been involved in major community initiatives throughout
Shelby County, including Uptown, the University District, College Park, and Lakeland.
"Stan Hyland is truly deserving of the Solon T. Kimball Award," said Dr. Linda Bennett,
professor of anthropology and associate dean of graduate programs and research for
the College of Arts & Sciences. "He will receive the award for his dedication to addressing
economic and social inequalities in the Mid-South. Stan's work as a faculty member
at the University of Memphis has unquestionably contributed to 'the development of
anthropology as applied sciences' and has had 'important impact on public policy'
as the award announcement stipulates."
Congratulations to Dr. Keri Brondo who has won the University of Memphis College of Arts & Sciences 2010 Early Career
Research Award (ECRA)! The award will presented at the fall 2010 CAS faculty meeting.
The honor includes a $250 cash prize and a plaque recognizing her accomplishments.
Dr. Linda Bennett receives the Sol Tax Award!
Read her acceptance address. Click here.
New Faculty Publications
Keri V. Brondo and Marietta L. Baba. 2010. Last In, First Out: A Case Study of Lean
Manufacturing in North America’s Automobile Industry. Human Organization 63(9):
Robert Connolly and Keri V. Brondo. 2010. Incarnate Theology and the Social Gospel:
Exploring the Mississippi Model of Episcopal Medical Missions to Panama. In Keri Vacanti
Brondo and Tara Hefferan’s (eds.) Developing Community / Development People: Intersections
of Faith and Development in Local-Global Contexts. NAPA Bulletin.
Katherine Lambert-Pennington. 2010. Practicing What We Preach: The Possibilities
Of Participatory Action Research With Faith-Based Organizations, NAPA Bulletin, Special Issue On Faith-Based Development 33:143-160.
Dr. Keri Brondo
Together with Kathryn Hicks and Robert Connolly, we have been working this past year
to expand our Department’s relationships in new directions in environmental anthropology
and cultural heritage. We are currently collaborating with the Ecological Research
Center, Departments of Biology, Earth Sciences, and Public Health. With these partners
we competed for several funding sources to launch the Environmental Justice and Urban
Ecology (EJUE) project in Southwest, Memphis. The Benjamin Hooks Institute granted
us $4000 in support to launch EJUE and students in our fall classes are currently
working with us to collect background data and conduct preliminary and exploratory
ethnographic research under a PAR framework.