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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.

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Curious: Why People Try To Enter The U.S.

It is a common question during the ongoing immigration debate: why do people insist on trying to get into the United States, especially when the administration is making it harder?  The answer lies well beyond the U.S. border, in the countries people leave behind.

Professor Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon anthropologist, studies Latin America and migration.  She has spent time in both Guatemala, one of the countries people are fleeing, and a refugee shelter in San Diego.

Her investigations are the focus of this month’s edition of Curious: Research Meets Radio, our joint venture with


Congratulations 2019 Graduates!

On June 16, 2019, University of Oregon Department of Anthropology graduated 9 PhD candidates, 4 master’s candidates, 74 majors, and 71 minors. Congratulations, graduates! Senior Lecturer and Head Advisor, Dr. Diane Baxter, delivered the commencement address  See the Anthropology commencement ceremony photos below. View the 2019 Commencement Program


“Investigating the relationship between diet and biological age with a primate epigenetic clock”

Elisabeth’s research seeks to understand how environmental factors interact with the epigenome to “get under the skin” and drive inter-individual differences in health and longevity. Her project, “Investigating the relationship between diet and biological age with a primate epigenetic clock”,  uses genome-wide methylation data from rhesus macaques to build a statistical age predictor model, or ‘epigenetic clock’, that will be used to test whether modifications to diet can slow or accelerate the pace of biological aging.

Elisabeth Goldman was awarded the National Science ...