Graduate Program

The Department of Anthropology prepares students for effective, knowledgeable teaching and for impact and creative research in sociocultural anthropology, enabling them to bring anthropological concepts, findings, and investigative approaches to bear both on cross-disciplinary scholarship and on public understanding and policy.  The Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology is the only degree in the graduate program.  We do not offer a Master's Degree in Anthropology.

Graduate Courses

Fall 2021

Proseminar in Anthropology
First term of a year-long course on sociocultural anthropology, required of first-year graduate students in anthropology and open to graduate students from other disciplines with the permission of the instructor. The seminar focuses on innovations in anthropological theorizing through writings that have historically shaped the field or revealed its shape as a distinctive discipline.
Instructors: Lauren Coyle Rosen
Co-seminar in Anthropology (Half-Term): Insurgent Archivings: On the Sentient, the Storied and the Yet To Come
Does the weight of history offset the plasticity of people and power? How do the historical and the unhistorical come together in refiguring social life and futurity? The seminar takes on these vital debates to 1) trouble commonsensical understandings of the archive as expressing a solid past that overdetermines the present and to 2) open pathways for an anthropology of the accidental, the sentient, and the yet to come. Attuned to diverse ethnographic sensoria and dissenting storytelling, we probe the political stakes of decolonizing archives and seek to nurture the traces of alternative visions that people mark out day-to-day.
Instructors: João Biehl
Co-seminar in Anthropology (Half-Term): An Integrative Anthropology of BioCulture
The "biocultural" turn in anthropological engagement has deep roots and significant diversity in theory and method. Rather than envisioning an interface between biology and culture, the anthropological possibility offers an integrative approach to human becomings wherein bodies, genes and neurobiologies are ubiquitously entangled and co-constituted with belief, behavior, society and lived experience. In this course we survey key aspects of such dynamic assemblages emphasizing what we might liberally call "biocultural" theory and method, and seeking points of connection with a broader anthropological discourse and practice.
Instructors: Agustin Fuentes


Please note that 400 level undergraduate courses on the Courses section of this website are also eligible for graduate enrollment.