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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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    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.

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    Jok artical in Nation about Race for Covid-19

    Race for Covid 19 vaccine Does Africa have skin in the game?As Covid 19 rips through the United States of America, where new case numbers and death toll have been at 150 thousand and 1,500 a day respectively since


    DeCorse talks to the Sunday Times about Sierra Leone's Bunce Island

    "Bunce is remarkable in a variety of ways," explains Christopher DeCorse, professor of anthropology, who has been studying the island since 1978. "In its connections in the early Atlantic world but also from an archaeological standpoint, it’s unique." DeCorse believes the fort was just years from disappearing. "The ruins have been mouldering quietly. But in the past decade, the tempo of collapse has accelerated." DeCorse was interviewed for the Sunday Times article, "Saved for history, the British island fort that sent 50,000 slaves to a life of misery."


    Terese Gagnon won the Christine Wilson Graduate Student Paper Award

    Christine Wilson Graduate Student Paper Award Terese Gagnon, Anthropology doctoral candidate, was the recipient of the Christine Wilson Graduate Student Paper Award from the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (SAFN). This award was for her paper “‘There are No Seeds Here’


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    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


    Congratulations Edwin Kwame Otu

    Edwin Kwame Otu successfully defended his dissertation


    Congratulations Lori Klivak

    Lori Klivak Successfully defended her dissertation


    Maxwell School Award for Undergraduate Scholarship

    Congratulations Sara McNamara for being awarded the Maxwell School Award for Undergraduate Scholarship


    2016-17 Remembrance Scholars

    Congratulations to the 2016-17 Remembrance Scholars Soleil Young and Jose Marrero-Rosado


Department of Anthropology
209 Maxwell Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1090
Phone: +1.315.443.2200