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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September 24, 2022

Danielle Carr publishes Opinion Essay in New York Times

Danielle Carr, Anthropology PhD and newly appointed Assistant Professor at UCLA, published an essay in the September 20 edition of the New York Times, entitled 'Mental Health is Political.' Concerned with the diagnosis of depression in the aftermath of the pandemic, the article grows out of her doctoral disseratation research on psychiatric care in the age of neuroscience. You can access the essay here.

August 30, 2022

Partha Chaterjee awarded Grain of Sand award for 2022 by the American Political Science Association

Professor Partha Chatterjee was awarded the Grain of Sand award for 2022 by the American Political Science Association "for decades of interpretive, interdisciplinary research, teaching and mentorship on nationalism, postcolonial theorizing and institution-building in South Asian political and social studies." The award will be presented at the APSA conference in Montreal on September 15-18, 2022.



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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