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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May 14, 2022

More awards for Columbia PhDs!

We are celebrating the award of GSAS Traveling fellowships for dissertation field research to Saphe Shamoun, Greg Odum and Rishav Thakur. 

Gustav Kalm received a write-up fellowship with the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle in Law and Anthropology, a yearlong fellowship from the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, and a dissertation research grant from the National Science Foundation in Law and Science. 

May 07, 2022

Congratulations to our Wenner-Gren Fellows!

Congratulations to: Jenny Ni, Emily Hoffman, Alyssa James, Max Grear and Aamer Ibraheem. All have received Wenner-Gren Foundation fellowships for doctoral dissertation field research. Emily Hoffman is also the recipient of a summer field research grant from the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life. We celebrate their achievements.



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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