Sub-fields

  • Archaeological Anthropology

    Archaeologists in the department are committed to the belief that the material remains of ancient societies provide significant insights into the dynamic of sociocultural evolution. The department has developed an archaeology program that focuses on key transformations in cultural evolution; the origins of art and symbolism; archeology and gender; the emergence of food production; and the development and collapse of chieftaincies and early states.

  • Biological Anthropology

    The research and training program in our department is distinguished by its unique commitment to integrating laboratory-based and field-based research. We have state-of-the-art laboratories in genetics and molecular systematics, skeletal biology, and in paleoanthropology, with superb facilities for both research and teaching in these areas. In addition, faculty and students are conducting primatological and paleoanthropological research at sites in South America, Asia and Africa.

  • Sociocultural Anthropology

    Cultural anthropologists in the department share a belief that study and research must be firmly grounded in rigorous training in general social and cultural theory, both in contemporary writings and in the classics of anthropology and sociology. The faculty also believes that basic ethnography remains the cornerstone on which all cultural anthropology rests and are concerned with the representation of anthropological knowledge in writing and film.

  • Linguistic Anthropology

    Working closely with cultural anthropologists in the department, linguistic anthropologists examine how language use and choice shape the cultural and social diversity of communities and persons.