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The Department of Anthropology 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.

Anthropology, the study of humans, includes archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. The UO Department of Anthropology is distinctive in its integration of these subfields via five areas of expertise and focus: Evolution, ecology and environment; Sex, gender and sexuality; Indigenous and minoritized groups; Food, health, and society; and Identity, heritage and globalization.

The Department of Anthropology is located in Condon Hall, which houses most laboratories, teaching facilities, and faculty and graduate student offices. The Department of Anthropology’s main office is located in 308 Condon Hall.

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The Journal of Island & Coastal Archaeology (JICA) published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis has its roots at the University of Oregon. The founding Co-Editor, Scott M. Fitzpatrick, received his Ph.D. from UO in 2003, and all three of the former or current co-editors (Jon Erlandson, Torben Rick, and Todd Braje) were either faculty or graduate students in Anthropology.

Since its inception in 2006, JICA has been one of the leading journals in archaeology. It is currently ranked near the top in all of the major SCImago journal indices: Archeology: #28/235 (top 12%); Archeology (Arts


Human Origins Cave Painting Poster

Exploring Human Origins

The Smithsonian Institution, the American Library Association, and the Cottage Grove Public Library present: “Exploring Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human?” February 17 – March 15, 2016 For more information: Cottage Grove Public Library: 541-942-3828

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Health Education & Juda Awards 2015-16

The Student Award committee (Kirstin Sterner, Lawrence Sugiyama) selected the following individuals for either the Health Education or Juda Awards. Please join us to congratulate their achievement.

< Health Education Award >

Joshua Schrock,  Inflammation, low mood, and costly behavior among Shuar forager-horticulturalists. $ 1000 to fund his research trip to Ecuador in summer 2016. • Elisabeth Goldman. Evaluating minimally invasive methods of telomere length measurement: A sub-study of the WHO Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health (SAGE). $ 250 to support her conference trip to