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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.

Dr. Maria Escallón featured in latest episode of UO Today

The latest episode of UO Today features Dr. Maria Fernanda Escallón, assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Oregon. She discusses her work examining the ethics of cultural heritage declarations and how the designations affect economic equality, territorial rights, and political power of Afro-descendants in Colombia and Brazil. Watch the conversation.

UO Today, a talk show hosted by Oregon Humanities Center director Paul Peppis, provides a glimpse into the heart of the University of Oregon. Each episode offers viewers a conversation with UO faculty and administrators as


Dr. Margareta Matache to give lecture on “Roma (Gypsies): Policy, Activism and Gender”

Dr. Margareta Matache, Harvard University, will give a lecture entitled “Roma (Gypsies): Policy, Activism and Gender” on Monday Feb 27 at 2 pm in 360 Condon Hall. Dr. Matache is a Romanian Romani scholar and human rights activist. This lecture is sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center and Department of Anthropology.

Tobin Hansen: Graduate Research

Tobin Hansen is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology. He researches gender, care, gangs, the post-prison diaspora, and deportation in the U.S- Mexico borderlands. This work has been funded by CLLAS, as well as the Wenner-Gren Foundation, a Social Science Research Council Fellowship supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, Global Oregon, and the Center on Diversity and Community.

Tobin Hansen’s Research: