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Anthropology is the comparative, evolutionary and historical study of humankind. Our department takes a theoretically driven, empirically-informed approach to this study, and has special expertise in archaeology, genetics, behavioral ecology, demography, hunter-gatherers, and evolutionary approaches to human and nonhuman primate behavior. Our regional expertise is strongest in Africa, Australia, New Guinea, Latin America and western North America. We have a small but influential faculty, three of whom (Hawkes, O'Connell, Wiessner) are members of the National Academy of Sciences. Many faculty members do research that crosses disciplinary and sub-disciplinary lines, and we encourage students to do the same.

Anthropology News

Course Spotlight, Spring 2018

The Anthropology Department has some new and exciting course options for the Spring 2018 semester. Explore these courses and others on the Course Descriptions page.

Scientists at NHMU complete harvest of Solanum jamesii (Four Corners Potato)

Four Corners Potato

Researchers Bruce Pavlic and Lisbeth Louderback shared their modern harvest of an ancient food source utilized by ancient Utah populations as far back as 11,000 years ago. See the full news story here.

Graduate Student Interviewed by UPR

 

Graduate student, Peter Yaworsky, was recently interviewed about his research on Utah Public Radio. Listen to Peter's insights about LDS Pioneers and their implications on our understanding of land settlement here

  • Anthropology CollectionsAnthropology Collections

    Exciting news from the Natural History Museum: thanks to the very hard work of our Collections & Research staff, our Anthropology collections are now searchable through their website!

  • DiPaolo Receives Bar AwardDiPaolo Receives Bar Award

    Congratulations to Marianna DiPaolo, Associate Professor of Anthropology who will be receiving a Utah Bar Association Award on November 10th for her work on the Committee on Model Jury Instructions-Civil. She has been an active member of the Committee since it began 14 years ago.

  • adrian bellAnthropology professor to present at EFS retreat

    Adrian Bell, assistant professor of anthropology, will present "Population Movement, Cultural Diversity, and Immigrant Adaptation" at this year's Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholars retreat. All university faculty are welcome to attend.

Job Opportunities

Human Evolutionary Geneticist

The Department of Anthropology, University of Utah, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2018. We seek applicants with a record of original research and scientific publication who use genetic and genomic data to study human history, demography and/or adaptation. Click here for more information.


Visiting Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at New Mexico State University seeks to hire a visiting assistant professor in biological anthropology, Position # T98510, for three semesters, beginning Spring 2018. Click here for more information.

 


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Spotlight: David Steele

David Steele

After earning his PhD, Dave completed a two year NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship in behavioral medicine and health psychology at UW Madison and then embarked on a 33 year career in medical education and medical school administration.
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Last Updated: 11/29/17