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Anthropology PhD Handbook (for students entering the program prior to Fall 2017)

Anthropology PhD Handbook (for students entering the program Fall 2017)

Overview of the Graduate Program

Emory’s graduate program in Anthropology balances rigorous courses with a tutorial approach to advanced subjects and is designed to be intense and demanding for both students and faculty. We encourage a diversity of doctoral research agendas across the entire range of cultural and biological anthropology. It is exposure to alternative explanatory paradigms rather than a monolithic theoretical orientation that we think will prove both intellectually important and professionally successful in the anthropology of the future.

The core program is a series of courses and seminars that gives advanced training in cultural and biological anthropology, including a pro-seminar team-taught by cultural and biological anthropologists. As a whole, the educational program provides students with a graduate-level grounding in cultural and biological anthropology that is sophisticated and unique. Specialization within cultural or biological sub-fields is encouraged, as well as combinations and creative dialogues between them. The program requires three years of full-time course work, followed by dissertation research and write up.

Students in good standing receive full tuition and stipend support for five years according to the guidelines discussed below. Students must successfully complete all courses from Year 1 before registering for Year 2. To receive stipend funding, students are required to register for 9 credit hours each semester and summer.

In their second and third years of study, graduate students intensify their individual research agendas and formulate in-depth research proposals. We give great attention to the research interests and needs of each student. Yearly review by faculty and careful monitoring of students developing research plans are prominent aspects of the program. Public presentation of research proposals for departmental review exposes students to the dynamics of constructive collegial criticism, as well as enhancing the probability of obtaining extra-mural research funding. Doctoral research, dissertation, and the dissertation defense complete the program. We emphasize attentiveness to students’ research and professional goals at each stage of their education, including help in the process of finding postdoctoral funding and employment.

In biological anthropology, students may participate in six fully equipped research laboratories housed within the Anthropology Department: the Laboratory for Comparative Human Biology (Dr. Carol Worthman, director), the Laboratory for Darwinian Neuroscience (Dr. James Rilling, director), the Human Health Laboratory (Dr. Michelle Lampl, director), the Paleolithic Technology Laboratory (Dr. Dietrich Stout, director), and the Osteoarchaeology Laboratory (Dr. Jessica Thompson, director). The Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, an interuniversity center located on the Emory campus, and the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center, on the Emory campus and at the field station thirty miles from Emory near Lawrenceville, also provide potential research affiliation for students interested in behavioral biology. The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provide important collaborative opportunities in medical anthropology, and anthropology faculty members also have strong connections with the Rollins School of Public Health.

Resources are equally rich for students interested in cultural anthropology. Within the department students may participate in the Experimental Ethnography Working Group (Dr. Debra Vidali). The department has strong affiliations with departments or programs of African Studies, African American Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Institute of Liberal Arts, and Psychology. The Emory faculty associated with the University’s Institute of African Studies comprises of one of the largest groups of Africanist faculty in the United States, and Emory also offers one of the few freestanding graduate programs in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the country. The Woodruff library includes over two million volumes, major journals, the Human Relations Area Files, CD-ROM databases, a highly efficient inter-library loan system, and online catalogue services. The Carter Center of Emory University, affiliated with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, also offers potential research resources. The Learning Commons at Woodruff Library and the Computing Center at Cox Hall provide a wide range of systems, software, and services including electronic library resources and internet access.