The Department of Anthropology, established by Franz Boas in 1902, is the oldest in the United States and remains a center of disciplinary innovation and theoretical leadership. The department’s faculty members are actively engaged in research and writing about issues of both pressing contemporary relevance and historical significance. Our scholars work in regions and language traditions around the globe and in the United States, as do our students. We operate doctoral degree programs in both sociocultural anthropology and archaeology, and host two distinct MA programs, one in sociocultural anthropology and the other in museum anthropology. In addition, we offer rigorous undergraduate training toward both the major and the concentration, and welcome students from other disciplines into our classes. More.

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The Department of Anthropology mourns the untimely passing of Steven Gregory, the inaugural Dr. Kenneth and Kareitha Forde Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University.

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September 13, 2021

Rosalind Morris's film a finalist for 'Best Feature Documentary'

Rosalind Morris's film, We are Zama Zama, has been named an official selection and finalist in the competition for 'Best Feature Documentary' at the Annual Copenhagen Film Festival. The film made its debut at the ENCOUNTERS International Documentary Film Festival in June. For more on the film, visit the website.

September 12, 2021

Danielle Carr publishes article in The Nation

Danielle Carr, doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, has published a review essay in The Nation, entitled 'A Virus without a World: The Politics of Science Writing.' Read Danielle's thoughtful response to Carl Zimmer's new book, Planet of Viruses, here.



The research interests of our faculty and students cover a broad range of theoretical and empirical questions, and our scholarly and personal engagements traverse an equally wide range of geopolitical and territorial domains. Broadly speaking, these interests can be grouped under the thematic headings indicated by the icons below. On the pages linked to the icons, you will find: a brief description of the issues and the Department’s historical relationship to them; a list of faculty members whose research and writing addresses these themes; a list of courses covering related questions and problems; and select publications on these subjects by our faculty members.   


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