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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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Congratulations Dr. Waller!

Dr. Waller’s new book breaks down the subtleties of issues such as habitat loss and bushmeat hunting by going deeper into human motivations, critiques human behavior in zoos and looks at the factors leading to ape attacks on humans in the wild, and brings humans into account as part of the ecologic landscape.

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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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Congratulations Tobin!

Tobin Hansen’s paper, “Legal Citizenship and Social Belonging: Criminal Aliens and Deportation to Mexico,” was selected for honorable mention for the ALLA (Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists) Graduate Student Paper Award.

The selection committee was impressed with the urgency of the topic and the well-developed discussion of the theory and context.

Tobin will receive a cash award that will be announced at the ALLA business meeting at the AAA, Anthropology News and ALLA website and social media.

Congratulations Tobin!