The Department of Anthropology is composed of three subfields: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, and Sociocultural Anthropology. We are dedicated to better understanding human cultural and biological origins and diversity through research and training, and our faculty is committed to the advancement of knowledge through local, national, and international programs of research.

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International Recognition

We have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, World Health Organization, and various private foundations and international agencies, and our work has been published in Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. We are highly interdisciplinary natural scientists with ongoing collaborations with one another, other anthropological subfields, researchers across the UO campus, and scientists around the world.

Our Research Labs

The Department of Anthropology is distinctive in its integration of the anthropological subfields via five areas of expertise and focus: Evolution, Ecology, and Environment; Indigenous and Minoritized Groups; Food, Health, and Society; Identity, Heritage, and Globalization; and Sex, Gender, and Sexuality. We have multiple labs across campus with ongoing research, as well as research projects happening across the world.

Larry Ulibarri

"Our students success starts in the classroom, arming them with knowledge, the scientific method, and feeding their hopes and passions. Beyond the classroom our campus is full of resources and opportunities: advising, career building, research, travel, grad school prep, internships, grants, clubs, and more. I get to help students live and build their dream."

-Larry Ulibarri, Professor of Biological Anthropology 

Research Across Disciplines

Our cultural program is highly interdisciplinary and involves collaborations with the other anthropological subfields, with researchers across campus, and with international scholars. The research experience and skills students gain can be used in careers in law, medicine, education, government, business, and other fields.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Recent Publications

Read the recently published work of faculty across the department.

Recent Publications


March 8, 2023
ANTHROPOLOGY - Elizabeth Kallenbach is using cutting-edge tools to trace humanity’s use of native Oregon plants through 12 millennia of archaeological basketry and cordage.
February 24, 2023
THEATRE ARTS, ANTHROPOLOGY, CINEMA STUDIES - March into spring with an array of events sure to inspire and speak to your inner artist. Learn about the history, symbolism and process of creating pysanka, one of the most recognizable folk art forms for celebrating Easter in Ukraine. Or take in one of the many programs in the music and dance departments at the School of Music and Dance.
February 24, 2023
ANTHROPOLOGY - Humans may have arrived in North America earlier than once thought and encountered previously unrecognized challenges, according to new climate research from an interdisciplinary team that includes scientists from the University of Oregon.