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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.


Scher Named Divisional Dean

Professor Philip Scher of anthropology has been named Divisional Dean for Social Sciences. His three-year term begins July 1.

He succeeds Carol Stabile, who has served as interim dean since August 2016.

A committee of department heads and others recommended Scher to W. Andrew Marcus, Tykeson Dean of Arts and Sciences, who announced the appointment May 12.

Scher said he will strive to advance the university’s academic and educational objectives through the promotion of a strong, diverse and productive faculty.

“This campus has many excellent leaders among the faculty and administration

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Spring 2017 Commencement

On June 19, 2017, University of Oregon Department of Anthropology graduated 55 minors, 74 majors, 3 master’s candidates and 5 PhD candidates. Congratulations, graduates! Niria Garcia delivered the commencement address; Seeds of Hope. View the 2017 Anthropology Commencement Program. View 2017 Commencement photos from GradImages.

MNCH awards grants from the Edna English Trust

Congratulations to three UO scholar grant recipients for their 2017 summer research! One grant was awarded to Matthew Napolitano for his fieldwork this summer in Yap, a second to Damion Sailors to support his research on traditional Oceanic fish traps, and a third to the MNCH’s Dr. Patrick O’Grady in support of his field school and research at Oregon’s Rimrock Rockshelter.