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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 overlapping 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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Sara Lewis accepts postdoctoral fellowship at Wellesley College

Please join us in congratulating Sara Lewis who has accepted a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship at Wellesley College, where she will be the Elisabeth Luce Moore Fellow in religion, healing and medicine. Congratulations Sara!

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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.

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Nikki Cox receives two research awards!

Doctoral cultural anthropology student Nikki Cox received a $500 Summer Research Award from the Folklore Program, where she is earning a concurrent MA. She also received $300 from the UO Graduate School. Nikki is doing fieldwork on the Pacific Crest Trail related to her project on wilderness and secular pilgrimage. Congratulations Nikki!