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McMicken College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

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!

Anthropology Department Colloquium, 2014-15 

September 11, 2014, 4PM 

Feminist Political Ecology & Hydroelectric Development: 

The Search for Just Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon

Laura Zanotti, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Purdue University


October 2, 2014, 4PM 

Race, Displacement, and University Landscapes:  

An Archaeology of Urban Renewal and Post-War Universities

Paul Mullins, Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis


November 20, 2014, 4PM 

Re-imagining Poverty in the Brazilian Amazon: 

Livelihoods, Food Security and Health in the Age of Bolsa Familia

Barbara Piperata, Associate Professor of Anthropology, The Ohio State University


January 29, 2015, 4PM 

Toward an Anthropology of Media Studies

Mark Peterson, Professor of Anthropology, Miami University 


March 5, 2015, 4PM 

The Last Neanderthals? The Middle-Upper Paleolithic Transition in Western Iberia as Seen from Lapa do Picareiro, Portugal

Dr. Jonathan Haws, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Louisville

*Held at Max Kade German Cultural Center, Old Chemistry Building*


April 9, 2015, 4PM 

Cow Milk in the Human Life History: Biocultural Perspectives

Andrea Wiley, Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington