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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.

Professor Scott M. Fitzpatrick Featured in National Geographic!

Archaeology Professor Scott M. Fitzpatrick has been featured in National Geographic’s July 2017 issue. Professor Fitzpatrick talks about the voyaging strategies and seafaring skills colonists around Palau may have had. You can read his feature below:


Congratulations Professor Fitzpatrick!

Oregon Coast Archaeological Field School


ANTH 401: Oregon Coast Archaeological Field School Summer: (9/2 -9/17) Location: Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB)

Learn the fundamentals of archaeological survey and excavation on the beautiful southern Oregon coast at BullardsBeach State Park in Bandon. Participants will be based at OIMB in Charleston, OR (visit Great opportunity for anthropology majors or undergraduates interested in archaeology, anthropology, interdisciplinary science, and Native American studies.

Fees: $2354 –includes 8 credits, housing, meals, transportation, equipment, supplies,


Cressman & McFee Awards

The Awards Committee (Carol Silverman, chair, Kirstin Sterner, Madonna Moss, and Ana Lara) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 graduate paper awards:

1. Luther S. and Dorothy C. Cressman Prize: Noah Simons, Cis-Regulatory Evolution in a Wild Primate: Disease-Associated Genetic Variation Drives Differential Expression of MHC-DQA1 In-Vitro

2. Malcolm McFee Memorial Endowment Award: Tobin Hansen, The Moral Politics of “Criminal Alien” Deportations: Social Citizenship and Legal Exclusions

3. Malcolm McFee Memorial Endowment Award, Honorable Mention: Nikki Cox, “Tangible