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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. Maria Escallón received the 2019-2020 faculty research and teaching fellowship

The Oregon Humanities Center has announced the recipients of its 2019-20 faculty research and teaching fellowships.

The program is meant to support University of Oregon faculty members in producing research and developing courses in the humanities. Recipients of a faculty research fellowship get a term free of teaching to pursue full-time research, which they are expected to share with the community in talks and public presentations. Teaching fellowship recipients are expected to create or redesign undergraduate humanities courses.

Maria Fernanda Escallón, anthropology: “Excluded: Black

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Graduate Student Joshua Schrock awarded the Lokey Doctoral Science Fellowship!

Joshua Schrock is awarded the Lokey Doctoral Science Fellowships for AY 2019-20. With the research GE support and award/travel fund ($9,000), Joshua will conduct research on human resting behavior. Joshua will test empirical predictions about function and regulating mechanisms of resting (sleep) through observation, psychometric measures of fatigue and energy, and biomarkers of immune activation and energetic status among indigenous Shuar communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Congratulations, Joshua!