Anthropology Magazine

Haunted by My Teaching Skeleton


  • Identities

    Floor-to-ceiling shelves of red crates and cream-colored boxes wrapped in clear plastic are shown in a well-lit storage room.

    Haunted by My Teaching Skeleton

    Many skeletons that students use to learn about the human body are the remains of people with lives and stories. We need to remember and respect that.

  • Viewpoint

    A large crowd of protestors fills a plaza and the surrounding streets at night. An enormous red and white flag floats over some of the participants.

    “The State” Is a Story We Tell Ourselves

    After a nail-biting election that dragged on for weeks, officials have finally named Peru’s next president. An anthropologist explains the country’s recent upheavals and shows how nation-states are “ideological artifacts” that attribute morality to the amoral goings on of the government.

  • Entanglements

    Three guinea pigs walk around in front of two small stone houses with thatched roofs, surrounded by a rock wall.

    When the Guinea Pig Goes Gourmet

    In recent years, the guinea pig has gone from a humble and ceremonial food eaten in the Andes to a delicacy among urbanites. What’s behind this change in tastes?

  • Reflections

    medical aid in dying ethics

    Death as Something We Make

    An anthropologist dives deeply into how “medical aid-in-dying” is transforming the ethics and aesthetics of death.

  • Reflections

    Why Are Black People’s Remains in Museums?

    Two archaeologists consider how the remains of thousands of Black people ended up in U.S. museums and what it would take for these institutions to begin to address the harm they have caused.

  • Excerpt

    Some media reports on Lulu and Nana, the first known gene-edited human babies, referenced the science-fiction character Frankenstein (shown here from the film by that name).

    The Dawn of CRISPR Mutants

    An anthropologist dives into the world of genetic engineering to explore whether gene-editing tools such as CRISPR fulfill the hope of redesigning our species for the better.