Anthropology at Emory

Anthropology is the most holistic of the social sciences; it takes the entire range of human diversity as its field of study. As the world becomes more complexly interconnected, our need to understand the operation of human diversity and human similarities becomes all the more pressing. Anthropology entails the rigorous study--across the entire range of global and historical variation--of the forces that have shaped our ways of thinking and acting, how we represent ourselves, and our very physiology. The discipline is increasingly mindful of the inequities that people have been heir to and how these are perpetuated or reestablished in the present. To immerse oneself in anthropology as a field of study is challenging. We believe it is one of the most important endeavors in the world today.

The Department has two principal concentrations: one in cultural anthropology and one in biological anthropology, each of which is currently represented by nine to ten faculty – a few of whom also have strong interests in archaeology or linguistic anthropology. There are also fourteen different “subareas” that in some cases cut across these concentrations and in other instances form strong nodes within one or the other of them. These include:

The strengths of our Department lie both in these areas of expertise and in the fact that students interested in pursuing work in any of these areas receive broad training from a diverse range of highly accomplished faculty who are committed to close mentoring.