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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.

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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: 11/28/16