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Anthropology is the study of humans, and at the University of Oregon we accomplish this through the integration of three distinct yet complementary subfields – archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Our department is dedicated to better understanding human cultural and biological origins and diversity through education and research. The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and to the advancement of knowledge through local, national, and international programs of research. As anthropologists, we are engaged in understanding recent and historical developments in the world at large, and we also seek to bring anthropological perspectives to bear on the problems of a modern global society. The department embraces a broad intellectual pluralism where different theoretical and methodological approaches are recognized and valued.


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Department Head quoted in the New York Times

Dr. Frances White, the Head of the Anthropology Department, has been quoted in an article from the NY Times on female Bonobo behavior.

“We’re equally related to chimps and bonobos, and we have their entire range of behavioral variation available to us,” Dr. White said. “We can be as aggressive as the chimpanzee, or as female-allied as the bonobo.”

The article titled, “In the Bonobo World, Female Camaraderie Prevails,” can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/science/bonobos-apes-matriarchy.html?_r=1 

Congratulations Dr. White!

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Spring 2016 Commencement

On June 13, 2016, University of Oregon Department of Anthropology graduated 32 minors, 84 majors, 2 MA candidates, 5 MS candidates and 3 PhD candidates. Congratulations, graduates! Professor Philip W. Scher delivered the commencement address; Anthropology and a Future of Tolerance, taking a moment of silence for the Orlando families. View the 2016 Anthropology Commencement Program. View 2016 Commencement photos from GradImages.

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Student Feature: Carly Pate

Primate Osteology Lab Feature: Carly Pate!

Primate Osteology Lab volunteer Carly Pate just returned from collecting data at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Carly’s research focuses on understanding how urbanization affects raccoon body weight. Carly uses cranial measurements to approximate body weight so she can then analyze how their body weight changes through time and geographic location. She was able to collect cranial measurements on 449 specimens, with some dating back to the 1830’s!

Welcome back, Carly!