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Anthropology is the study of human cultural and biological diversity, across geographic space and throughout evolutionary time. It is a holistic discipline, interested in the whole of the human condition, from the past to the present (and future). Anthropologists advocate a comparative perspective, studying human diversity in the full array of societies and cultures.

In the Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati, we are committed to both scientific and interpretive approaches to the study of human diversity. Faculty and students in the department conduct empirical research, using both quantitative and qualitative methods and analytical techniques. We have faculty in three traditional subdisciplines: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Many of our researchers, however, work on topics that transcend traditional subdisciplinary boundaries, and we also collaborate with scholars from other disciplines. As such, our faculty focus their research and teaching around three key themes:

  • Bioevolutionary Approaches to Health
  • Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Forms of Social Inequality 

Our department is also global in orientation, with active field research from Madagascar to Mongolia and the forests of Nicaragua to fashion week in New York City.  So, please visit our webpage and maybe we will see you around campus!