About Us

Our faculty share an interest in the holistic study of humans and a curiosity about the varieties of human experience. We believe that such an understanding forms an integral part of an undergraduate liberal education, and that the application of insights gained from such an understanding will contribute critical elements to the solution of contemporary medical, social, economic, and political problems. Our Department works across several broad areas of concentration, including Cultural Anthropology; Experimental Anthropology; Human Rights; Medical Anthropology; New World Archaeology; and Old World Archaeology. Our area strengths include Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, and Southwest Asia. Our faculty has also worked in Europe, South and Southeast Asia, and Oceania. We offer extensive expertise in many research methods in ethnology and archaeology. Our Department is part of The Higher Education Opportunities Act. If you would like to support the Anthropology Department, please visit College of Liberal arts and Sciences.

Congratulations to our UConn alumna Hilda Lloréns who has recently been awarded two prizes for her latest book Making Livable Worlds: Afro-Puerto Rican Women Building Environmental Justice: the 2022 Gregory Bateson Book Prize and the Frank Bonilla Book Award from the Puerto Rican Studies Association! ...

What does it mean to be Jewish ...

... in Cuba? ... in Ethiopia? ... in Turkey?
... if you’re an atheist? ... LGBTQIA+? ...a Jew by Choice?

These are some of the questions we will explore in this course, which
taps into the rich anthropological scholarship on Jewish life and Jewish
communities around the world.

No prior knowledge of Judaism is required. Prior coursework in anthropology or sociology is helpful but not required.

This course will count as an ethnographic course toward the major or minor in Anthropology, toward the Religion minor, or as an elective for the major or minor in Judaic Studies.

Question? Email sarah.willen@uconn.edu
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Join us next week for a talk on “Cultural Change during the Middle Stone Age” by Dr. Nicholas Conard from Universität Tübingen! @universitaet.tuebingen #archaeology #pleistocene ...

Professor Christian Tryon and graduate student Peyton Carroll survey coastal Sicily by boat looking for Paleolithic caves as part of the #eosicily project ...

UConn Anthropology PhD candidate Jayson P. Gill presented his research this morning at the Caucasus Network Through Time’s virtual seminar on New Directions in the Palaeolithic of the Caucasus. #archaeology ...

We are in the endgame now! Fundraising ends at 7pm EST. There is still time to support student research in Anthropology at UConn. A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated! Even a little bit makes a big difference for the graduate and undergraduate students in our department. >> https://tinyurl.com/43hrn9v7 #uconn #uconngives #uconngives2022 #anthropology ...

Today is UConn Gives and there is still time to help support undergraduate and graduate level anthropological research and conference travel! >> https://tinyurl.com/43hrn9v7 ...

PhD candidate Christina Balentine presenting aDNA analyses of the demographic histories of ancient hunter-gatherer groups from Chilean Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego at the American Association of Biological Anthropologists meeting. Posted with permission from Christina Balentine. #aaba2022 ...

Professor Christian Tryon presenting new descriptions of Ksar ‘Akil Upper Palaeolithic hominins at the Paleoanthropology meeting. #paleos #paleoanths #paleoanths2022 ...

PhD candidate Jayson Gill (@roadtoruins ) presenting a theoretical paper on optimal transmission, co-authored by Tanner Kovach, at the Paleoanthropology Society meeting. #paleos #paleoanths #paleoanths2022 #archaeology ...

We were able to send grad students Jayson Gill (@roadtoruins), Iris Querenet Onfroy de Breville, and Tanner Kovach to the Paleoanthropology Society meeting with department travel grants made possible through fundraising efforts. ...

Graduate student Tanner Kovach presenting his analysis of stone tools from the Armenian Upper Palaeolithic site of Solak-1 at the Paleoanthropology Society meeting. #Paleos #paleoanths #paleoanths2022 #denver ...

Graduate student Iris Querenet Onfroy de Breville presenting her work on use-wear analysis of abraded coloring materials at the Paleoanthropology Society meeting. #paleos #paleoanths #paleoanths2022 ...

Graduate student Tanner Kovach finally earning his keep by running the registration table at the Paleoanthropology Society meeting. #paleos #paleoanths #paleoanths2022 #denver ...

Graduate students from the Palaeolithic Studies Lab heading to Denver for the Paleoanthropology Society meeting. ...

Departmental News

Tenure Track position on African Diaspora within the Americas

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut seeks to hire an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) with a research focus on the African Diaspora within the Americas whose research and teaching centers in areas such as social, historical, or cultural dimensions of inequality or strategies for effective interventions against settler colonialism; racism; globalization of white […]

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Tenure Track position on racial and ethnic health disparities

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut seeks to hire an Assistant Professor (tenure track) with a research focus on racial and ethnic health disparities. This position is part of a cluster hire involving six Assistant Professor (tenure-track) positions in the area of Social Aspects of Ethnic and Racial Health Disparities. This hire […]

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Prof. Alexia Smith Honored for her Work With Students

We are very proud to announce that Prof Alexia Smith has been awarded the Honors Faculty Member of the Year Award by UConn’s Honors Program. She  is pictured receiving her award from Honors Program Director Jennifer Lease Butts at the Honors Medal Ceremony. The award is given to a faculty member who “has made outstanding […]

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Rebecca Kraus Finishes BA Thesis

Congratulations to graduating senior Rebecca Kraus who recently completed her Anthropology honors thesis (advisor: Christian Tryon, left) “Obsidian and Ostrich Eggshell: An Archaeological Study of Social Technologies from Mumba Rockshelter, Tanzania during the Upper Pleistocene and Holocene” and will begin her research towards a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in the […]

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Upcoming Events

  1. Feb 10 ECOM Speaker Series: Alison Springle4:00pm
  2. Mar 24 RMME Summer 2023 Application Deadline!12:00am
  3. Mar 27 Build Quantitative Research & Evaluation Skills Online!12:00am
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