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Department of Anthropology

  • Professor Reynolds in Guatemala with preschoolers


The Department of Anthropology is engaged in dynamic research and scholarship. Our department has published books, edited journals and published articles and book chapters. Our faculty, last year alone, presented over 58 papers at international, national and regional conferences, and have been awarded over 40 grants for research within the last three years. 

Research Focus Areas

Our research is interdisciplinary and often incorporates more than one of our four core sections of anthropology. As a result we share many projects in the department.

Emphasis: paleoethnobotany, prehistoric and historic, African Diaspora, ethnoarchaeology, slavery, kinship, political ecology, ethnogenesis, racialization, trade, landscapes, and food practices

Geographical Areas Africa, North America, and Caribbean

Emphasis: race, culture, and inequality in skeletal health, paleopathological and historical analysis, paleoepidemiology, and paleodemography

Geographical Areas: North America and the U.K.

Emphasis: Environment and Sustainability, Health and Medicine, Mobility/Diaspora/Migration, Human Rights, Intersectionality and Social Formations, Political Economy, Popular and Expressive Culture, Race and Inequality, Science and Society

Geographic Areas: Africa, Central and East Asia, Caribbean, Central America, North America


Emphasis: Language and Migration, Language Socialization, Language and Race, Semiotics/Semiotic Ideologies, Narrative, Performance

Geographic Areas: Caribbean, Central America, North America 


 Photo: Linguistic anthropologist, Jennifer Reynolds, produced an ethnographic film of bilingual multicultural kindergarten classes serving children ages 4-6 in a rural school located near San Martin Sacatepéquez, Guatemala during the 2016 school year.  George Stoianov

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