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Anthropology is the study of the human species.

It advances our collective understanding of who we are, where we came from, how we differ from one another, and what those differences mean.

Anthropology supports free inquiry about the human condition with scholarly rigor and sensitivity, and the dissemination and application of the resulting knowledge to local, national, and global communities. In the words of one of its founders, E. B. Tylor of Oxford University, anthropology is "a reformer's science."

The science of anthropology is rooted in core values of mutual respect, equal rights, freedom of expression, and freedom from discrimination. As another of its early practitioners, Ruth Benedict of Columbia University, wrote, "The purpose of anthropology is to make the world safe for human difference." Read more >>

Recent News

Anthropologist awarded National Geographic Society grant

Elise Berman receives research grant for her work with Marshallese immigrants
   January 8, 2021

The National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration has awarded Associate Professor Elise Berman a prestigious grant in support of her research on Pacific immigrants. Berman, a specialist in the study of childhood and language acquisition, is moving her research from the Marshall Islands to rural Arkansas.

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Faculty member co-authors articles on COVID-19 and hurricane recovery

   August 5, 2020

Dr. Erin Eldridge recently contributed to an article examining the social construction of pandemic social worlds by governing officials in two states. Eldridge also co-authored another article...

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Faculty members start new research on effects of COVID-19 on people with dementia

   July 7, 2020

Anthropology faculty emerita Dr. Dena Shenk and assistant professor Dr. Andrea Freidus have recently published a case study looking at how COVID-19 affects people with dementia. You can read the case study ...

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