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.
Margaret Elaine Combs-Schilling died quietly in her bed from the effects of a brain tumor on the morning of July 7, 2016 in the loving company of her husband, Rev. David Schilling, and son, Prof. Jonathan Combs-Schilling. She was 67.
The Department congratulates Professor Myron Cohen on being named the 2016 recipient of the Chinese Anthropology Lifetime Achievement Award!
The Anthropology Department congratulates our fantastic
undergraduate 2016 Ella Deloria Award winners!
Carmen Ervin (GS ’17), Will Klassen (CC ’17), Camille Peterson (CC’17), Ayluonne Txai Tereszkiewicz (CC ’17), Kersti Werdal (GS ’17)