Dr. MacLochlainn, a 2015 PhD alum in Cultural Anthropology, has published his first book with the University of Chicago Press. Dr. MacLochlainn's book The Copy Generic: How the Nonspecific Makes Our Social Worlds is "an illuminating look at the concept of the generic and its role in making meaning in the world." MacLochlainn explores the items and phenomenons society labels generic and how the "concept of the generic is crucial to understanding how things repeat, circulate, and are classified in the world.

Dr. MacLochlainn is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins in the Department of Anthropology. He is currently doing research on an ethnographic project examining the ethics and practices of abstraction around different types of death in the Philippines.