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.


Science and Art in Archaeological Illustration, a new article by Columbia College about Zoe Crossland’s illustration class.


Zoe Crossland and Nan Rothschild have been awarded $146,500 from Columbia University's 2017 Collaboratory competition to buy archaeology lab equipment and develop a course with Dorothy Peteet and Jonathan Nicholas from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory on Interpreting Urban Environmental Data – New York City’s Changing Landscapes.


Congratulations to Naor Ben-Yehoyada who received a Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant for “Mafias and the Antimafia in Sicily and Mexico.”


Congratulations to Prof. Paige West for receiving the 2017 Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award for her most recent book, "Dispossession and the Enviroment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea"


The Department of Anthropology congratulates Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, honored as a Fellow of the British Academy. He joins sixty-six of the world's leading minds announced as Fellows of the British Academy on Friday July 21, 2017.




Wed, 02/21/2018 - 4:10am

Talk Title: "Indifference to Difference: On Contradiction, Context, and Humans and Animals in India"

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018-4:10 963 Schermerhorn Extension

Speaker: Dr. Bharat Venkat, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon

Talk Title: TBD

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018-4:10 963 Schermerhorn Extension

Speaker: Yael Navaro, Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge

Talk Title: TBD

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018-4:10 963 Schermerhorn Extension

Speaker: Dr. Lisa Stevenson, Associate Professor of Anthropology at McGill University

Talk Title: TBD

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:00pm

If you are considering a major or concentration in anthropology and would like to join others for food and informal contemplation of the possibilities for undergraduate anthropology at Columbia--a broad spectrum of courses cross-cultural and interdisciplinary in spirit, studies abroad, ethnographic and thesis possibilities, departmental events, the Columbia-Barnard Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology, summer research fellowships, post-grad futures, and more--then, by all means, in the midst of this major declaration moment come to an Open House in Anthropology. Bring your friends, questions, and curiosity...


Musing on your Major Declaration?

In search of the social? In search of difference?

Desire to write, ethnographically and otherwise?

Bring a friend


Monday February 26, 12-2


Tuesday February 27, 4-6

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 4:00pm

In the midst of this major declaration moment come to an Open House in Anthropology