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Health, Mind, and Well-Being


From the outset, anthropology has sought to map and understand the varieties of human experience, the roots of human capacities and welfare, and their disparate sources across time, place, and culture. In addition to yielding deep historical and evolutionary insights, this quest has fostered critical inquiry into the sources of disparity, inequality, and differential well-being at present.

Tackling these issues invites multiple approaches and as such, draws together faculty and students with diverse specializations, theoretical foundations, and modes of inquiry. Approaches range from the subjective and individual to the quantitative and population or societal, from phenomenological to experimental.

The continuously evolving research foci in this dynamic arena comprise a similarly expansive range, including social and cultural production of health, embodiment, life course and life history, biocultural processes, evolution of brain and mind, cognition, cross-cultural mental and physical health, subjectivity, self, emotion, masculinity, faith and religion.

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Sa'ed Atshan
Associate Professor
Anthropology 218A
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Bruce Knauft
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor
213 Anthropology
Melvin Konner Headshot
Melvin Konner
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor
106 Anthropology
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Robert A. Paul
Charles Howard Candler Professor of Anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies
208 Anthropology
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Debra Spitulnik Vidali
Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor
209 Anthropology