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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. Fitzpatrick quoted in Daily Mail UK

Dr. Scott Fitzpatrick was interviewed for an article entitled, “Rock and rolling in it: The island that uses two-ton, 12ft high, limestone discs as MONEY”, for the Daily Mail UK. Click here to read!

End of Year Undergraduate and Graduate Poster Session

Wednesday, May 30th, 4-6 pm

Condon Hall 204

This event aims to provide a friendly venue for students to showcase their current research with the department. Prizes will be awarded for the best undergraduate and graduate poster. Food will be provided.

Click here to read the titles and abstracts for the presentations.

The Spring 2018 Colloquia are sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Association of Anthropology Graduate Students (AAGS), the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH), and Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO).

Undergraduate Mariah Bloom discusses her research

Mariah Bloom is a Junior Majoring in Biological Anthropology and minoring in Middle Eastern & North African Studies. She is a member of the Primate Osteology Lab and Director of the Undergraduate Anthropology Club on campus. 

Starting in 2016, Mariah started  working on a project involving linearity and dominance hierarchies among Ring-Tailed Lemurs. The project analyzed behavioral data collected on St. Catherine’s Island in 2013 before, during, and after the mating season to see how stable the hierarchy remained. With funding from the UO Anthropology Department and the CURE (Center

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