Welcome to the Department of Anthropology!

Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Within this broad field of study, three programs of foundational training form the focus of our department: Archaeology; Human Biology, Ecology, and Evolution; and Sociocultural Anthropology and Ethnography.

We cross cut these specializations with five concentrations to integrate anthropology’s diverse expertise. Our current concentrations focus on: Health, Medicine, and Humanity; Heritage and Unwritten Histories; Global Engagement; Race, Place, and Power; and Food, Environment, and Sustainability.

Department News


Spring views around the Old Well at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anthropology Department Celebrations

April 25, 2016 UNC- CH Faculty Council voted on Friday April 15 to elect Vin Steponaitis as the 45th Secretary of the Faculty, an office that goes back to 1823. Deans Jonathan Hartlyn and Kevin Guskiewicz have selected Margie Scarry … Continued


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Updated April 11, 2016 UNC-Chapel Hill is a world-class research university that serves the people of the State of North Carolina by attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students from around the state, the country, and the … Continued

Spring views at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anthropology Department Celebrations

April 4. 2016 Peter Redfield has been elected to a Hallsworth Visiting Professorship in the School of Social Sciences within the Faculty of Humanities during 2016-2017.   Vin Steponaitis, has been appointed to serve on the Smithsonian Institution’s Native American … Continued

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PhD graduate receives LASA/Oxfam American 2016 Diskins Dissertation Award

Diana Gomez Correal was recently awarded the LASA/Oxfam America 2016 Martin Diskin Dissertation Award, an award that recognize the combination of activism and academic work. Diana is currently teaching her second semster at Javeriana University in Bogotá. She is also teaching … Continued

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