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.

In Memoriam, Steven Gregory, 1953 - 2021. Background diffuse drops, Foreground photo of Steven Gregory in hat, on left, lilies on right

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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Upcoming Events


October 12, 2021

Archaeology doctoral student, Jeff Benjamin, in new exhibition

Holland Tunnel Newburgh is very pleased to present The Longue Durée, the third exhibition by the artists' collective The International Society of Antiquaries, or ISA. Members of the society include artists Olivia Baldwin, Kyle Cottier, Elisa Pritzker, and Greg Slick, and archaeologist/artist Jeff Benjamin. The exhibition runs from October 16 through November 21, 2021

Holland Tunnel Newburgh

46 Chambers Street, between Broadway and First Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Gallery hours: Saturday and Sunday 1 to 5 pm

By appointment:



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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