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


Dr. Laura Wagner (PhD, 2014)

Anthropology PhD Graduate Laura Wagner Named Archivist of Radio Haiti Project

    Dr. Laura Wagner (PhD, 2014), has been officially named the Archivist for the Radio Haiti Project at Duke Library.  We offer our congratulations to her on this wonderful opportunity and wish her well in her important work!  

Novotny Tahcabo Museum 2

Collaborative Archaeological Project’s Community Museum in Tahcabo, Mexico Opens

  Department of Anthropology Professor Patricia McAnany, Adjunct Professor Ivan Batun, recent PhD graduate Claire Novotny, and graduate student Maia Dedrick, joined residents of Tahcabo, Yucatán, to inaugurate the town’s new community museum. Local university students Miguel Kanxoc, Alejandro Tuz … Continued

Alumni Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anthropology Faculty Members and Graduate Student Awarded Research Grants

  Faculty members Benjamin Arbuckle, Stephen Davis, Dale Hutchinson, Paul Leslie, and Margaret Scarry  and graduate student Mary Morgan-Smith have all received grant awards from the National Science Foundation for continued research.  Mary Morgan-Smith was also given a Fulbright-Hays Award in August … Continued

Dr. Laurel Bradley, PhD 2014

Program Graduate Dr. Laurel Bradley (PhD 2014) Named a 2015-2016 Science and Technology Policy Fellow

Dr. Laurel Bradley has been named a 2015-2016 Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  These highly competitive fellowships bring scientists and engineers into federal policymaking processes to promote deeper engagement between policy … Continued

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