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



October 21, 2016 Culture anthropologist, Colin West, and biological anthropologist, Amanda Thompson, were featured in the fall issue of Arts and Sciences magazine. For the full story, click here.

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Anthropology Department Celebrations

September 26, 2016 The Japan Times published a list of ten important books about Okinawa and Chris Nelson’s book , Dancing with the Dead: Memory, Performance and Everyday Life in Post war Okinawa was included: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2016/09/17/books/okinawan-chronicles-10-books-show-many-faces-japans-island-paradise/#.V-LxiIUX78Q Martha King received a … Continued

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Department News and Celebrations

August 26, 2016 New Book! Dale Hutchinson’s Disease and Discrimination: Poverty and Pestilence in Colonial Atlantic America, is recently out from University Press of Florida. Prize! The Society for the Anthropology of Work’s 2016 Book Prize has been awarded to … Continued

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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