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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.

This department follows the University of Oregon mission statement values:

  • We value the passions, aspirations, individuality, and success of the students, faculty, and staff who work and learn here.
  • We value academic freedom, creative expression, and intellectual discourse.
  • We value our diversity and seek to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community.
  • We value the unique geography, history and culture of Oregon that shapes our identity and spirit.
  • We value our shared charge to steward resources sustainably and responsibly.
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Dr. Maria Escallon awarded Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from Wenner-Gren Foundation

Dr. Maria Escallon has accepted the Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship award through Wenner-Gren Foundation to support the writing of her book; “Excluded: Black Cultural Heritage and the Politics of Diversity in Colombia“.

If you want to learn more about her work-in-progress book, click HERE and you can join Dr. Escallon on November 22, 2019 12:00-1:30 pm in the OHC Conference room (PLC 159) for Work-in-Progress talk.

Congratulations Dr. Escallon!

Andrea Eller and Habeom Kim – Oral Dissertations on November 22nd

Friday November 22, 2019 Pacific Hall 13  10:00am Andrea Eller Dissertation Defense: “Accessing Ecological Versatility and Phenotypic Variation in Selected Catarrhine Primates”

Friday November 22, 2019 Condon Hall 360 2:00 pm Habeom Kim Dissertation Defense: “An Emic Investigation on hte Trajectory of the Songgukri Cultur during he Middle Mumun Period (2900-2400 cal.BP) in Korea: A GIS and Landscpe Approach”


2019 Graduate Student Violet Fox is Helping the Homeless through Anthropology

When hoots and hollers emanate from the chapel at the Eugene Mission, it must be Thursday night. Anthropology major Violet Fox and a handful of women who live in the homeless shelter are creating collages and ribbing each other about their “bad art.” Wearing pajamas or street clothes with color-coordinated makeup and hair ties, the women craft their mosaics while sharing stories and telling jokes. The language gets colorful. Soon everyone is laughing and the hoopla prompts passersby to poke their heads in. “Art nights are always a raucous good time,” Fox says. “We are loud and