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About the Department

Anthropologists study the diverse origins, evolutionary pathways, and contemporary lives of humans across the globe, including their impacts on one another and the planet. As careful observers of humans in their everyday surroundings, anthropologists often conduct intensive fieldwork to understand the complex interplays between individuals and the world around them. At UC, anthropologists are decidedly interdisciplinary, investigating various aspects of the human condition by using genetic information, artifacts, isotopes, interviews, and personal narratives.

Anthropologists have an unbounded view of human history and evolution. They investigate how societies, cultures, and our species have changed over time and use this knowledge to advocate for a more equitable and just future. A degree in Anthropology from UC provides you with a unique combination of analytical skills and firsthand engagement with the complexities of global human diversity. 

Anthropology students at UC actively participate in faculty research in labs and field sites locally, nationally, and internationally. They also have the opportunity to pursue their own independent research and receive funding, credit, or both to do so. As a department that spans the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, students in our program can seek funding from a range of sources, from departmental STEM Awards to Taft Research Fellowships. 


2022: UC Inclusive Anthropological Research through Community Engagement                      Colloquium

  • Anthropology social hours
    • An opportunity to socialize as a community - food provided by the department. All members of the Anthropology community (faculty, students, staff) invited. Varied dates/times to accommodate differing schedules. Braunstein Atrium.

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Department Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
University of Cincinnati
PO Box 210380
481 Braunstein Hall
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0380
PH: (513) 556-2772
FAX: (513) 556-2778


UC‘s College of Arts and Sciences taps innovative new leadership

December 20, 2023

The College of Arts and Sciences announced Ryan J. White and Rina Williams as the newest divisional deans of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. White and Kennedy’s inclusion will bring new focuses and structure around student success and the college of Arts and Sciences’ advancement. Both will officially begin their new terms on Jan. 1, 2024.


How to track animal of legend? Look to the poop

July 18, 2023

A team of researchers led by the University of Cincinnati applied isotopic analysis to jaguar scat to investigate the habitat needs of the big cats in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Preserve of Belize in Central America. The study demonstrates a novel and noninvasive technique for identifying the landscape use and conservation needs of elusive wildlife.

3 Dwarf hippos in Madagascar preferred forests

July 14, 2023 and other science media highlight UC's discoveries about extinct hippos in Madagascar. An isotopic analysis found that dwarf hippos were not grazers of grasslands but instead preferred sedges and leaves in forests. This demonstrated the importance of forests to endemic wildlife on the island.

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