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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


Professor Glenn Hinson featured in “Seeking Justice”

August 24, 2021 This summer, UNC folklorist Glenn Hinson and students provided research for a community re-enactment of a 1921 Warren County court trial where 16 Black men were unfairly accused after being threatened by a white mob. To read … Continued

Department Celebrations

August 23, 2021 Further achievements by our graduate students: Julio Villa-Palomino has been awarded an NSF DDRIG in support of his dissertation project, “De-institutionalization Unfolding: The Transition to Community Mental Health in Lima, Peru.” Christine Mikeska has been awarded the … Continued

Welcome Dr. Aalyia Sadruddin!

August 18, 2021 The Anthropology department welcomes Medical Anthropologist, Dr. Aalyia Sadruddin, to UNC Chapel Hill! Here is a little more about our newest faculty member:  

Anthropologist working in the Tech Industry

July 14, 2021 UNC Anthropology PhD alum, Lindsey Wallace, has edited a collection of essays about anthropologists working in the tech industry for SCA’s “Hot Spots”. Click here to view the collection.

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