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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


Ta-Nehisi Coates Coming to UO!

Ta-Nehisi Coates, Author of this year’s Common Reading, Between the World and Me, will be coming to speak February 3rd at Matt Knight Arena.


A Deeper Black: Race in America

Ta-Nehisi Coates does not tend to pre-write his keynotes. He talks extemporaneously, forcefully, on the events of the day-sometimes, that literal day-and incorporates themes from his writing. Lately, his focus is on the systemic racism that is inseparable from the growth of the nation: the racist policies that have plundered black bodies, black property, and black lives for economic and social gain. How can


Congratulations recipients of Fall 2016 awards!

The Awards Committee (Carol Silverman, chair, Ana Lara, Madonna, Moss and Kirstin Sterner) is pleased to announce the following Fall 2016 awards. Congratulations to the esteemed recipients!

Health Education Department Fund:

Theresa Gildner, $250, poster: “Mind over matter: are physical performance and subjective well-being linked in older adults? Results from the Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)” at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 2017.  Noah Simons, $250, poster: “Host immune gene expression and viral infection status from ...