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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.


Dr. Erlandson interviewed in Ventura County Star newspaper

Dr. Jon Erlandson and partners were interviewed for a story in California’s Ventura County Star about the remains of a 10,000-year-old Native American man uncovered in 2005 on one of California’s Channel Islands. The story centered on the reburial of the remains, nicknamed the Tuqan Man, found amid shifting landscape in 2005.

Click here to read the full Around the O article. Click here to read the Ventura County Star story.

Department of Anthropology graduation ceremony, June 2009

Commencement 2018

On June 18, 2018, University of Oregon Department of Anthropology graduated 4 PhD candidates, 4 master’s candidates, 78 majors, and 61 minors. Congratulations, graduates! Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dennis Galvan, delivered the commencement address; Now More Than Ever, The World Needs Anthropology Grads. View the 2018 Commencement Program.

Grad student Josh Schrock awarded ICDS Dissertation Research Award

Graduate student Josh Schrock was awarded the Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences Dissertation Award. These $5000 summer grants provide support to doctoral students from UO schools/departments associated with ICDS who have advanced to candidacy and are working on a dissertation that advances interdisciplinary scholarship. Congratulations!