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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.


Our office will be available Monday-Friday from 10 am to 3 pm. We encourage most, if not all, activity and questions to be handled over email or phone for our staff is still working remotely.

You can reach our Undergraduate Coordinator and Advisor at

You can reach our Graduate Coordinator and Business Manager at

You can reach the anthropology office at


Our resumption to office spaces plan can be found HERE. Guidelines and protocols should be observed before entering the office spaces.

Thank you for keeping our staff safe.

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Professors Maria Escallon, Lynn Stephen and Director Michelle McKinley RG Opinion view Guest View: The many shapes of caregiving – Opinion – The Register-Guard – Eugene, OR Academic labor cannot exist without caregivers. COVID-19 has uncovered many academic institutional practices that have historically rendered the labor of caregivers invisible and left them more …


Congratulations 2020 Anthropology Graduates!

The 2020 Virtual Commencement ceremony takes place on Saturday, June 20

University Commencement Celebration

Live webcast 9:00–10:00 a.m. PDT

Commencement Speaker: Sabrina Ionescu

Honorary Degree Recipient: Philip H. Knight


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School and College Ceremonies

Pre-recorded; links to be added prior to release: Released concurrently at 10:30 a.m. PDT (end time depends on the number of graduates)

Anthropology Department Congratulation Video:


Diana Christie – “Research the Right Way” published in Oregon Quarterly

Diana Christie is featured in the new issue of Oregon Quarterly for her approach to scientific research and international fieldwork, highlighting the relationships she has built with local communities in Ghana.

You can read it on pg 18-19 at the following link.