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What is Anthropology?

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.

Job Opportunity

The Department of Anthropology plans to hire a benefits eligible, part-time Lab Supervisor for the 5th floor Anthropology and Geography Labs. A link to the application is included below. This position is titled Clinical Laboratory Supervisor due to the system requirements to post this position. However, applicants do not need a clinical certification, and will not be working with patients. For more information, or to apply, please go to the following link:

Application reviews will begin on October 31st

Please direct any questions to Kyla Welch ( or Leslie Knapp (

Upcoming Events:

Annual Rufus Wood Leigh Lecture. Monday October 21st, 7:00pm, Gardner Commons room 1900

Anthropology News



  • Anthropology Faculty Member Dr. Tyler Faith Published in ScienceAnthropology Faculty Dr. Tyler Faith Was Recently Published in Science

    Anthropology Faculty Member Dr. Tyler Faith Published new findings in Science. These findings potentially exonerate early humans as the driving force behind the mass extinction of ancient African megafauna.

  • 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.

Anthropology Events

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 Alumni, Emeriti and Friends

Congratulations Jim O'Connell, reciever the the Great Basin Anthropological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award!


Spotlight: Edward R. Christensen

Edward R. Christensen

Edward R. Christensen has achieved wide intellectual accomplishments in a variety of academic and professional fields and is devoted to civic and social service.

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Last Updated: 10/16/19