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.

Mark your calendars!
On Tuesday, April 11, come celebrate our own Professor César Abadía-Barrero's new book, Health in Ruins, together with the author and three distinguished panelists: Carolyn Smith-Morris, Omar Dewachi, and Alejandro Cerón. Sponsored by the Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at UConn Gladstein Family Human Rights Institute & UConn Anthropology.
Details & registration:


More about Prof. Abadía-Barrero's book: https://www.dukeupress.edu/health-in-ruins

Congrats, Roxanne! ...


Mark your calendars; Giving Day, brought to you by UConn Gives, will be running this week on March 8th and 9th! It is a great opportunity to support the Department of Anthropology!

New Study Shows Archery Appeared in Europe Thousands of Years Earlier than Previously Thought

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

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 ...

Departmental News

Giving Day Runs March 8th and 9th

Mark your calendars; Giving Day, brought to you by UConn Gives, will be running this week on March 8th and 9th! It is a great opportunity to support the Anthropology Department. Any donations, no matter how much, would be greatly appreciated. To give, visit our fundraising page here.

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Tanner Kovach and Jayson Gill Publish Scholarly Article

Congratulations go out to graduate students Tanner Kovach and Jayson Gill for completing and publishing a new scholarly article in the prestigious Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory! The article, entitled School of Rocks: a Transmission Time Investment Model for Pleistocene Lithic Technology, proposes a “transmission time investment model for integrating the tenets of human […]

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Upcoming Lecture from Archaeological Society of Connecticut

On Wednesday, March 8th, at 7:00 PM, Jim Bailey of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut will be hosting a virtual lecture entitled Pirates on the Run: An Investigation of 17th Century Arabian Coins Found in New England. It is free to join and will be held via Zoom. Be sure to sign up! Click here […]

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Upcoming Events

  1. Mar 24 RMME Summer 2023 Application Deadline!12:00am
  2. Mar 27 Build Quantitative Research & Evaluation Skills Online!12:00am
  3. Apr 10 Build Quantitative Research & Evaluation Skills Online!12:00am
  4. Apr 11 Book Celebration - Health in Ruins: The Capitalist Destruction of Medical Care at a Colombian Maternity Hospital3:30pm
  5. Apr 14 Doctoral Dissertation Oral Defense of Jayson P. Gill 3:00pm

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