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  • Welcome to Anthropology

    Anthropology brings a global perspective to the study of human diversity by means of in-depth research at the local level and comparative studies that explore human experience through time and across space. At Syracuse, we embrace a holistic approach to anthropology through teaching and research in archaeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology.

    The Anthropology Department is within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The college encourages faculty and students to become engaged in scholarship for the public good and to seek out and address solutions to past, present and future human problems locally and globally. This objective is consistent to the central concerns of all of the subfields of anthropology.

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    Due to public health concerns around COVID-19, all in-person public events are postponed or canceled until further notice.

  • Commitment to Inclusion

    The Maxwell School stands in support of all who are demanding change in the face of racism, violence, and hate speech. We are committed to making our school, our university, and our communities more inclusive and just for all.

    There is absolutely no place for behavior or language that degrades any individual or group’s race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, disability, or religious beliefs.

  • Current News RSS Feed

    Dana Olesch begins Humanities Student Fellowship

    Humanities Students Begin Fellowships Dana Olesch (PhD student in Anthropology) begins her Humanities Student Fellowship for 2020 21. Read the story at http public humanities fellows.html .


    Professor John Burdick remembered for his teaching and advocacy

    Throughout his life, and particularly in his work as a cultural anthropologist, John Burdick was a strong advocate for peace, social justice and social change. As a professor of anthropology for nearly 30 years, Burdick deeply engaged his students in working toward the betterment of communities and neighborhoods, from the west side of Syracuse to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In all of his work he led by example—listening deeply and living his values. Burdick died July 4 of cancer at age 61. He leaves a strong legacy of teaching and research at Syracuse University, of social change in the Syracuse community and of social justice in South America.


    Bhan comments on Ayodhya, Kashmir in Deccan Herald article

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently laid the foundation for a temple at a flashpoint holy site, Ayodhya, exactly a year after imposing direct rule on Muslim-majority Kashmir, stoking fears that Modi wants to change Muslim-majority Kashmir's demographic and religious makeup along the lines of Israel's actions in the West Bank. "What I see unfolding is a Hindu settler colonial project in the making," says Mona Bhan, Ford-Maxwell Professor of South Asian Studies. Read more in the Deccan Herald article "Ayodhya, Kashmir: Twin triumphs for Modi and Hindu nationalists?"


  • Student Awards RSS Feed

    Sean Reid awarded Carter G. Woodson Fellowship

    Sean Reid awarded Carter G. Woodson FellowshipSean Reid, PhD candidate,  has been awarded a Carter G. Woodson Pre doctoral Fellowship for 2018 2020. His  project, “Continuity, Transformations, and Rupture in the Forests of Gold,” was selected from among a


    Undergraduate major Alexandra Figueroa Miranda

    Anthropology Major Named 2014-15 Remembrance Scholar


    Congratulations Laurah Klepinger

    Laurah Klepinger successfully defended her dissertation.


    Congratulations To Maria Boza-Cuadros and Shaundel Sanchez

    Congratulations to Maria Boza-Cuadros and Shaundel Sanchez who have been named recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2015-2016


    Congratulations Nicole Wilson

    Nicole Wilson successfully defended her dissertation.