Anthropology

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.

The Department of Anthropology 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.

What you can do with a degree in Anthropology

Our students leave our program well equipped to step into multiple careers, including:

  • Academia
  • Government and nonprofit sectors
  • Public and social policy
  • Human rights work
  • Land and resource management
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Primatology
  • Conservation biology
  • Forensic science
  • Public health and medical professions
  • Laboratory or field technician
  • Independent consulting and contracting
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Anthropology faculty, Katelyn McDonough

Faculty Spotlight

Katelyn McDonough

Katelyn McDonough is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Curator of Great Basin Archaeology at the UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History. An environmental archaeologist interested in long-term relationships between people, foodways, and landscapes, Katelyn focuses on people’s interactions with plants and changing environments during and since the late Pleistocene in North America and uses archaeobotany, ethnobotany, palynology, and parasitology to investigate these dynamics. As Director of the Northern Great Basin Archaeology Field School, Katelyn is currently leading education and research programs at the Connley Caves, a series of rockshelters in central Oregon where Indigenous communities intermittently resided for more than 12,500 years. She also is involved with field- and collections-based projects throughout the Far West, including environmental and dietary studies in Washington, Oregon, and Nevada.

Anthropology faculty, Gabe Sanchez

Faculty Spotlight

Gabriel Sanchez

Gabriel Sanchez is an Indigenous Anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Native American and Indigenous Studies. He also is the Curator of Zooarchaeology at the UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History and the director of the Coastal Archaeology and Ancient Proteomics Laboratory. Gabriel currently participates in a collaborative and community-based participatory research project with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, the Esselen Tribe of Monterey County, and California State Parks, to investigate the native range of California’s endangered salmon species, which are vulnerable to extinction or extirpation. Another focus of Gabriel’s investigation is Indigenous persistence in California during the Spanish mission era to understand how Esselen ancestors evaded the Spanish mission system and continued practicing traditional lifeways.

Our Degree Programs

The Department of Anthropology is dedicated to better understanding human cultural and biological origins and diversity through education and research. We embrace a broad intellectual pluralism where different theoretical and methodological approaches are recognized and valued. 

Concentrations
Archaeology
Cultural Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Concentrations
Archaeology
Cultural Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
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Learn from Experts in the Field

Our faculty are 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 on the problems of a modern global society.

Connley Caves

Get Real-world Experience

Students have multiple opportunities to extend their education through opportunities like studying abroad during a term or a full academic year, or attending research conferences and archaeological site digs while at the UO. 

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Continue Our Legacy of Groundbreaking Research

The Department of Anthropology has roots stretching back as far as 1929, when Dr. Luther S. Cressman joined the UO faculty to develop advanced research in sociology and teach social anthropology. His landmark contribution to the archaeology of the West remains his discovery in the early 1930s that human occupation of the Northwest was as early as that known anywhere in North America.

Scholarships & Funding

The Department of Anthropology offers several small awards to support undergraduate research and conference attendance. Multiple scholarships funded by the UO are also available for students that can be used to fund tuition, study abroad, research and other academic expenses. 

Undergraduate Scholarships

Graduate Funding

Academic Support

Advising in the Department of Anthropology starts with our Undergrad Advising Coordinator, who welcomes students to the major and helps them understand our degree requirements. She introduces students to departmental resources, connects them with departmental advising, answers students' general questions about the program, courses and other opportunities, and helps students check their degree requirements for timely graduation.

Undergraduate Advising
Support for Graduate Students

The Department of Anthropology welcomes gifts from donors to enhance its dynamic academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students. The donated funds go directly to support student and faculty research, colloquia, departmental events, etc.

 

Anthropology News and Events

January 18, 2024
ANTHROPOLOGY, FOOD STUDIES, NATIVE AMERICAN AND INDIGENOUS STUDIES - A Thursday, Jan. 25, a film screening of 'LAND/TRUST' at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History will feature a discussion with Alexii Signona (UC Berkeley, Tribal Member, Amah Mutsun Tribal Band) and Ruth Anne Beutler (University of California, Santa Cruz).
January 16, 2024
ANTHROPOLOGY, GLOBAL STUDIES - Led by Jo Weaver, a global studies associate professor, the study is focused on health among people experiencing housing insecurity in Lane County and how it drives health inequity. The research team, which includes Department of Anthropology faculty members Zachary DuBois and Josh Snodgrass, is collecting data from people living on the street, in short-term shelters, in encampments and in more permanent supportive housing arrangements.
November 20, 2023
ANTHROPOLOGY - The monthly roundup from the Department of Anthropology includes news of a Rhodes scholar, a faculty book award, conference presentations — and more.

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“Pour une lecture et une traduction éthique des littératures autochtones” (For an Ethical Reading and Translation of Indigenous Literatures). A roundtable In French with Sarah Henzi
Feb20
“Pour une lecture et une traduction éthique des littératures autochtones” (For an Ethical Reading and Translation of Indigenous Literatures). A roundtable In French with Sarah Henzi Feb 20 McKenzie Hall
Wrecked: Navigating Colonialism in the Graveyard of the Pacific - History Department Seminar
Feb20
Wrecked: Navigating Colonialism in the Graveyard of the Pacific - History Department Seminar Feb 20 375 McKenzie Hall
Melanin Mingle: Black Grad Edition
Feb21
Melanin Mingle: Black Grad Edition Feb 21 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Black CommUnity Table
Feb21
Black CommUnity Table Feb 21 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC
Feb21
Let's Talk Drop-In - Wednesdays 2-4PM @ BCC Feb 21 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center
Indigenous Comics Speaker Series: Cole Pauls (Tahltan Nation)
Feb21
Indigenous Comics Speaker Series: Cole Pauls (Tahltan Nation) Feb 21 Knight Library
Daniel Balderston's Lecture "Borges as Itinerant Lecturer: The Course on "The Problems of the Novel""
Feb21
Daniel Balderston's Lecture "Borges as Itinerant Lecturer: The Course on "The Problems of the Novel"" Feb 21 James Common Room, Tykeson Hall,
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group
Feb22
¡Juntos! Latinx Support Group Feb 22 Carson Hall, Ramey Room
The Ghost Reader Book Launch
Feb22
The Ghost Reader Book Launch Feb 22 Knight Library
Hapi Hair Day
Feb23
Hapi Hair Day Feb 23 Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center

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