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 19 years (half of our tenure-line faculty members teaching today have won the college scholar of the year award at either the junior or senior levels).
Collectively, our faculty have published hundreds of articles and dozens of books. Between 2008-2013, our ten tenure-track faculty members published 40 peer-reviewed articles, 27 chapters in edited books, 7 edited books, 21 technical reports, and produced one documentary film (shown at two juried festivals).
In addition to providing a rigorous academic challenge for our students both within and outside of the classroom, the faculty are engaged in various research activities and have been recipients of numerous fellowships and grants, for example:
American Philosophical Society
National Geographic Society
L.S.B. Leakey Foundation
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research
National Science Foundation
American Institute of Indian Studies
American Philosophical Society
Princeton University, Program in Latin American Studies
To learn more about the research of our faculty, please visit the Faculty ProfilesStudent 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:
- Summer archeological field school in western North Carolina or elsewhere in the Eastern United States
- Summer ethnographic field school in the Ecuadorian Amazon
- Summer ethnographic field school in Appalachia
- Summer Appalachian Studies and anthropology program in Wales
- Internships with a variety of service agencies and archeological projects, e.g. Appalachian Voices (environment); High Country Amigos (hispanics); Laboratories of Archeological Science; Sustainable Communities Coordinator; Legal Services of the Blue Ridge; Watauga Medical Center Forensic Pathology Lab; Hunger Coalition; Appalachian Cultural Museum; Student Action with Farmworkers, English as a Second Language, etc.
Please consider donating to the Department by selecting "Other" and designating your gift for one of the following funds:
Anthropology Speaker Series
Anthropology Loucks Fund
Anthropology Weller Fund
Anthropology Keefe Fund
Your gift is appreciated and allows us to achieve even greater success with our amazing students!
The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.