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  • Becca Peixotto

    Alumna in Nat
    Geo Expedition

    Becca Peixotto in the National Geographic
    Society's Rising Star Expedition.

  • Chap Kusimba

    Out of Africa,
    an Exciting Find

    Archaeologist Chap Kusimba, formerly
    with Chicago's Field Museum, joins AU.

  • Master's International Program prepares students for meaningful placements

    Public Anthropology
    & Peace Corps

    Master's International Program prepares students
    for meaningful placements and gives them
    skills to turn what they learn into action. 

  • Field School: Great Dismal Swamp with AU's Justin Uehlein and Dan Sayers

    Field School

    Anthropology PhD student Justin Uehlein recounts
    research experience in the Great Dismal Swamp.

  • Journal of Language and Sexuality

    New Journal Launches

    Profs Bill Leap and Heiko Motschenbacher (Goethe University) create new journal, presenting research on the discursive formations of sexuality, including sexual desire, sexual identities, sexual politics and sexuality in diaspora.

Greetings and welcome to the electronic portal for the Department of Anthropology at American University! Our department offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the latter including both master’s and doctoral study. Accompanying links on this website will provide you with detailed information on all these opportunities, but I would like to draw special attention to our new cooperative master’s program with the Peace Corps, and to our five year BA/MA program that lets undergraduates move more quickly toward a graduate degree.

On all levels, department faculty specialize in issues of race, gender, and social justice as well as on both archaeology and biological anthropology. One of the most amazing aspects of all our programs is their location – Washington, D.C. Both the university and our department are thus oriented toward helping you take full advantage of the city and the unprecedented resources it offers in terms of practical learning, research, internships, and employment opportunities. We are housed in Hamilton Hall in a quiet corner of a peaceful and welcoming campus, and all the resources of the capital city are just a Metro ride away. In addition, students are supported by our college, the College of Arts & Sciences, offering additional assistance through competitive funding for collaborative undergraduate/faculty research projects, graduate research funding, and support for travel to professional conferences or out of town research venues.

Please contact me directly or touch base with the appropriate faculty member here if you have more questions in regard to study in our program or would like to chat or arrange a visit. Thanks for checking us out. Blessings to all.

With best wishes,
Chap Kusimba
Chair of Department


Public Anthro Conference
Call for Participation
2014 Registration Now Open

Lavender Langs Conference
2015 sessions emerging
February 13-15, 2015

Journal of Lang & Sexuality
Second issue: Journal of Language and Sexuality (from John Benjamins Publishing)

Udall Scholar Keeps His Eyes on the Prize

Udall Scholar Eric Rodriguez

Eric Rodriguez Awarded Prestigious Udall Scholarship


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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Unearthing Secrets of the Great Dismal Swamp

Daniel Sayers

Dan Sayers and students are unearthing secrets from the Great Dismal Swamp with the help of an NEH grant.

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