Our faculty pursues research in DNA analysis, GIS, disease diagnostics and other biomarkers, ecological anthropology, forensic anthropology, fossil excavation, modern Mayan cultures, Global and One Health, and both historic and prehistoric archaeology.
Research sites include Central and Latin America, the Caribbean, West, East, and South Africa, near Eastern Mediterranean, and Texas. All of these projects offer excellent opportunities for students to participate in primary research working alongside their professors.
Studying (or evening majoring or minoring in Anthropology) gives you the opportunity to reflect on how and why different people and populations have developed both similar and different characteristics in their biology and behaviors. We use a comparative approach between people/populations and even among different species to understand the commonalities and differences that exist, and the forces that have shaped these outcomes.
Interested in HEALTH? Anthropology is for you!
Interested in the ENVIRONMENT? Anthropology is for you!
The core faculty of the Department of Anthropology are from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including: cultural, physical, applied, and forensic anthropology, archaeology, and forensic chemistry and biology. Research concentrations and specific projects are reflected in these backgrounds.
In addition to extensive teaching laboratories that house a range of specimens and equipment, the Department has a number of research facilities, including our own extensive core facility for genomic and biomarker analyses, archaeology and zooarchaeology labs, an anatomy laboratory featuring a plastinated human cadaver, and areas for conducting forensic experiments.