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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


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UNC anthropologist cited in ABCNews article on the complicated history of abortion policy in Russia

University of North Carolina Anthropologist and Associate Professor, Michele Rivkin-Fish, PhD, was recently cited in an ABCNews article for her expertise on the conditions of Russian abortion clinics and the government’s increasingly pro-natalist policies. The article, titled “From Stalin to … Read more

Department Celebrations

April 12, 2023 Achievements by our faculty: Valerie Lambert has been promoted to Full Professor effective July 1, 2023 The SAA session organized by Brian Billman, “Warfare and the Origins of Political Control” has been selected as a finalist for … Read more

Department Celebrations

February 15, 2023 Achievements by our current and former graduate students: Sierra Roark was awarded an Oak Spring Garden Foundation residency. Cayla Colclasure passed exams and is ABD. Andie Zurek-Ost received a Timothy P. Mooney Travel Award to assist with travel to the … Read more

Rooted: Karla Slocum

January 12, 2023 Karla Slocum has worked for UNC-Chapel Hill for 27 years in a variety of roles, most recently as senior associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for the UNC College of Arts and Sciences. She is … Read more

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Anthropology’s Land and Labor Acknowledgment

Rethinking Land Acknowledgments to provide context on the understanding and use of land acknowledgements in the discipline of Anthropology.