Anthropology Magazine
Does “Monkeypox” Give Monkeys a Bad Name?

The debate over naming the virus known as monkeypox says a lot about the close—but fraught—relationships between humans and our…

Misperceiving Life Expectancy in the Deep Past

An archaeologist explains that most people do not calculate life expectancy correctly. This leads to misunderstandings. This article was originally…

No, “Racial Genetics” Aren’t Affecting COVID-19 Deaths

The coronavirus pandemic is unequally affecting minority communities in the U.K. and the U.S. Racism, not race, explains the disparity.

Why Are Sports Fans So Bereft Without Live Games?

Two anthropologists and diehard sports enthusiasts reflect on why documentaries and draft coverage only go so far in filling the void amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preppers and the Pandemic

Were preppers more prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic than others? The SAPIENS podcast turns to an anthropologist on the inside of the preppers movement to find out.

COVID-19 and the Turn to Magical Thinking

From bogus miracle cures and dangerous conspiracy theories to powerful shows of weaponry, across the globe, the coronavirus pandemic is evoking all manner of magical thinking.

Coronavirus Is Killing the Hope of Asylum

The pandemic has deepened the crisis for the millions of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers who have nowhere to turn in the face of closed ports and seas emptied of rescue boats.

Venice’s Black Death and the Dawn of Quarantine

Archaeological research is unearthing Venice’s quarantine history to illuminate how the Italian city created a vast public health response 700 years ago and helped lay the modern foundation for coping with pandemics.

The Tragic Intersection of the Coronavirus and Ecotourism

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the flaws and risks in a supposedly sustainable model of travel. The crisis may push ecotourism advocates to consider new strategies.

Could COVID-19 Permanently Change Hand Hygiene?

An anthropologist tackles the slippery subject of hand sanitization in a world torn between concerns over contagion and antibiotic resistance.