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Anthropology | PhD Program

Anthropology doctoral student Ashante Reese studies societal influences on type 2 diabetes in African American adolescents.

A Troubling Trend

Supported by a $101,500 research fellowship from the National Science Foundation, PhD student Ashante Reese studies societal influences on type 2 diabetes in African American adolescents.

PhD in Anthropology

The PhD degree program in anthropology provides opportunities for doctoral-level training in urban anthropology; ethnicity; the anthropology of work; the anthropology of development; language, culture and cognition; gender and culture; cross-cultural quantitative analysis; and historic and public archaeology. Concentrations are offered in cultural/social anthropology or archeology and race, gender, and social justice. Coursework draws on anthropology's four-field tradition and on the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary resources within the College of Arts and Sciences and across the university. Doctoral students will find ample opportunities for developing skills in public anthropology within the PhD program.

The anthropology PhD program is committed to working with students from diverse backgrounds, including those traditionally under-represented in higher education. Diverse voices and perspectives are fundamental to this program.

Doctoral students are encouraged to explore policy-oriented questions as well as more traditional, academic themes in any of the areas. Dissertations in archaeology and cultural/social anthropology examine the dynamics of culture, power, and history in North America, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.

The anthropology PhD program has rich funding opportunities for highly qualified applicants and encourages research projects in both the U.S. and international settings.

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Video: A Look Inside Anthropology

Anthropology program video

Faculty and students discuss the program in two-part work by doctoral student Harjant Gill.

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