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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.


Anthropology faculty featured in Cascade Magazine

Both Dr. Diane Baxter and Dr. Carol Silverman are featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Cascade Magazine.

Dr. Baxter is the coordinator of a new minor on campus focusing on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).You can read more about the minor and its requirements here.

Dr. Carol Silverman examines the plight of Europe’s largest ethnic minority (Roma), simultaneously loved for their music while systematically harassed and treated as criminals. You can read more about her new project and course here.

2017 Undergraduate Paper of the Year Award

Each year, the Anthropology Department sponsors a writing competition for the Undergraduate Paper of the Year Award.  The winner receives an award letter and a small gift from the Department and his/her name is announced at graduation.  Below is the procedure for submitting a paper for consideration.

First, students must be Anthropology majors in any year of study (in other words, not necessarily seniors). If you have a paper you wish to have considered (you have written it, are writing it, or revising a paper you’ve already written), you need to meet with an Anthropology professor ...

Congratulations to Theresa Gildner and Monya Anderson for NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants

Please join us in congratulating Theresa Gildner and Monya Anderson who have received NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants.

Theresa’s project, entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Life history tradeoffs between testosterone and immune function among forager-horticulturalists,” was funded for $11,464.

Monya’s project, entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: Functional Morphology and Niche-Partitioning in Colobines” was funded for $16,456.

Congratulations Theresa and Monya!