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Department of Anthropology

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an•thro•pol•o•gy: the broadly-based study of humankind that draws its methods from both the sciences and humanities and includes the fields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics.

Vanderbilt's Department of Anthropology emphasizes these subdisciplines to achieve a better understanding of the world, past and present. The members of the faculty are internationally prominent for their research and publications on the New World, especially Mesoamerica, the Andes, and Amazonia. The department maintains research interests and active field programs in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Members of the department and its students participate in the activities of the Center for Latin American Studies and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. These affiliations enhance and enrich undergraduate and graduate teaching of anthropology at Vanderbilt. 


In the News

On the death of Patrick Dugan: 

The Department of Anthropology wishes to collectively express our sorrow and pain at the loss of Patrick Dugan. He was an outstanding student and an extremely promising anthropologist. His work in the classroom, the field and his independent studies all demonstrated his sharp mind and enthusiastic spirit. We are grateful to have known him personally and engaged with him academically. Our thoughts and sympathy are with his family and friends.  


Marlon Escamilla has been named Director Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural de la Secretaría de Cultura of El Salvador. 

Op Ed: Covert racism is alive and real by Norbert Ross and Frank Pair

Professor Steven A. Wernke was awarded the Society for American Archaeology’s 2015 SAA Book Award in the Scholarly category for his book, Negotiated Settlements: Andean Communities and Landscapes under Inka and Spanish Colonialism.