Admission deadline for the PhD program: December 1st 2014
Admission deadline for the MA program: February 16th 2015

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Franz Boas founded Columbia University's Department of Anthropology on the eve of the 20th Century making it the first PhD Program in the United States. Originally founded on the concept of the “four field approach” to the study of human culture and society, the department now focuses its undergraduate and graduate programs on Sociocultural Anthropology and Archaeology. However, the Department continues the Boasian tradition of extended ethnographic research, critical theoretical approaches to contemporary global problems, and language sensitive and historically informed analysis. Faculty research interests span the range of the domains most critical to contempory anthropology, including continental philosophy, law, political anthropology, semiotics and post- semiotics, ecology and ecocriticsm, science and technology studies, critical native studies, aesthetics, affect theory, media (including film, photography, and sound recording), and new media.

Professor Nadia Abu El Haj responds to the bombing of Gaza on the London Review of Books blog. Her Op-Ed can be accessed here.

The Department congratulates its graduating PhDs—Heather Atherton, Yogesh Chandrani, Krista Hegburg, Thushara Hewage, Etsko Kasai, Yixin Li, Jun Mizukawa, Anand Taneja, and Darryl Wilkinson

Sunday, October 26: Join Dr. Audra Simpson in a post-screening conversation with filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, director of Hi-Ho Mistahey!, at the American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Film Festival. 4:30 PM. Tickets:

Thursday October 16 and Saturday October 18: Dr. Elizabeth Povinelli presents "Demonstration and Practice" as part of the closing of the Anthropocene Project at the Haus der Kulture der Welt, Berlin.
Sunday October 19: Dr. Elizabeth Povinelli speaks at the
Extinction Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery, London.