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 31, 2022

More congratulations: Hala Habib and Chloé Faux

Hala Habib has won a fellowship for historical research on the built environment from the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. Chloé Faux has been awarded funding from the Institute for the Study of Economic Research and Policy for a conference on “(Re) Inventions of Africa: Flows of Knowledge, between Anthropology, Africa and the Diaspora.”

May 29, 2022

Rosalind Morris's film acquired by BBC's 'Africa Eye'

'We are Zama Zama,' a documentary film by Rosalind Morris about the plight of illegalized migrants scavenging n South Africa's ruined gold mines, has been acquired by BBC for broadcast on its Africa Eye series. The television broadcast version has been re-edited, translated and dubbed into Swahili, Hausa and French for continental distribution in Africa, which starts May 31.



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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