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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. Carol Silverman co-authored American Theatre magazine article

Together with Romani activist/scholar Dr. Petra Gelbart, Dr. Silverman co-wrote a news article that appeared in American Theatre magazine in response to the renaming of Actors Equity “Gypsy Robe” to the “Legacy Robe”.

https://www.americantheatre.org/2018/07/13/lifting-the-curtain-on-the-gypsy-robe/ “Lifting the Curtain on the Gypsy Robe: As Actors’ Equity prepares to announce a new name for its beloved Broadway ceremony, here’s a look at why they made the change.”

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. Click to see the Anthropology commencement ceremony photo gallery. 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!