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.

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. ...

Did you know that Jonathan the Husky is an anthropologist? Here he is pictured with a priceless artifact named Gideon Hartman. Picture c. 1910, colorized. #anthropology #uconn #openhouse ...

Holy cow, people. It's happening! The dream field work location is open for applications! More details here:
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Departmental News

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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Urvi Kaul Receives NSF Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that graduate student Uriv Kaul (far left) has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Urvi, a student of Deborah Bolnick’s, will focus on ” contemporary human population genetics and exploring the impact of politics on human population structures” in her dissertation research. Congratulations to Urvi!

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Archaeological Society of Connecticut Meeting

On May 7th the Archaeological Society of Connecticut is having their in-person Spring meeting at the Wood Memorial Library in Windsor.  The event will host a number of excellent speakers and we encourage everyone to attend! Check out the full schedule here.

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