Research

In addition to teaching, the faculty have extensive research and service experience, representing the fields of archeology, social/cultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology, in diverse cultural settings including the American Southwest, Southern California, Appalachia, North Carolina, the Atlantic coastal areas, France, India, North Ossetia Russia, Barbados, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Central Europe, Indonesia, and China.

We maintain one of the highest standards of research productivity in the College. Our faculty members have been awarded 5 of the scholar of the year awards (junior and senior levels) given by the College of Arts & Sciences in the past 20 years (one-third of our current tenure-line faculty members have won the college scholar of the year award at either the junior or senior levels).

The faculty are engaged in various research activities and have been recipients of numerous fellowships and grants (i.e. American Philosophical Society, National Geographic Society, L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, Fulbright, American Institute of Indian Studies, American Philosophical Society, Clio Foundation, Princeton University, Program in Latin American Studies).

To learn more about the research of our faculty, please visit the Faculty Profiles.

Research Clusters

Colonialism, Politics, Violence

Colonialism, Politics, Violence

When we observe different armed conflicts and political struggles across the globe, can we grasp what moves people to action? How and why do people risk their lives in the name of an idea or cause?

Magic, Science, Modernity

Magic, Science, Modernity

What is modernity? Where is the boundary between "science" and what has been known for millennia as "magic"?

Health, Development, Environment

Health, Development, Environment

Relationships among humans, non-humans, and their environments leave significant traces in our bodies, cultures, and landscapes. How can we begin to understand the complex ways that a group's sense of well-being is cultivated -- or threatened -- through specific projects of medicine, economy, conservation, or industry?

Meaning, Materiality, Media

Meaning, Materiality, Media

How do we create meaning? Where is it? How do we as a human community or as individuals, recognize it? How do we change it?

Student Involvement

Each faculty member welcomes the chance to provide individual career advising and instruction to students, who are encouraged to speak with faculty members about research/internship possibilities.

Here are a few areas in which students may want to pursue these opportunities: