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Explore the diversity and complexity of human experience in the contemporary moment and the “deep past.” Anthropology students and faculty investigate fundamental questions about our common humanity and engage critically with social and political issues that shape our world.

We conduct field research in rural and urban locations from Australia to the Arctic and on topics as varied as ancient warfare, outer-space colonization, climate change, intimate violence, media production, and social activism. Employing emergent methodologies and established ones—like remote-sensing and participant/observation—we investigate local meanings, global connections, power inequalities, and processes of change.

Open Letter on Police Violence and Anti-Black Racism

the department of anthropology condemns white supremacy, anti-black racism, and the state-sanctioned violence that has ended the lives of so many black people. with our students, colleagues, friends, and community members, we stand in solidarity with the movement for black lives. the resources we share (including recent articles, websites, videos, podcasts and books) offer critical insights on these issues within and beyond the discipline and amplify the voices of black anthropologists and other scholars and activists.  

Open Letter

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