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Our Department and Facilities

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah is unique in its strong evolutionary focus and in its ability to bring together four main themes (Archaeology, Biological and Cultural Anthropology and Evolutionary Ecology) and exploit their intersections as novel approaches for research in Anthropology.  Graduate students engage in cutting edge research that crosses disciplinary and sub-disciplinary lines to address questions about human biology, behavior, culture and evolution.  Incoming students receive multi-year funding packages to support them throughout course of their degree. Our graduate students also maintain an extraordinary record of securing research funding both nationally and within the University.  

Our students have access to large collections of human, animal and cultural remains for study in the state of the art Archaeological Center.  In addition, the Department houses multiple cutting-edge laboratories including the Modern Genetics lab, Ancient DNA Lab, Zooarchaeology Lab, Stable Isotope Lab, Archaeobotany Lab, and Population Genetics lab.

Several department faculty hold joint appointments at the Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU). This partnership allows our students to access numerous museum collections and facilities to support their research. The museum houses an Anthropology Conservation Lab, Archaeobotany Lab, Archaeology Lab, Archaeological Collection, Ethnographic and Vertebrate Zoology Collections.

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Global Perspective

Our graduate students are engaged in field research across the world. Learn more about ongoing and recent research in the department.


Graduate Community 

We have a relatively small, highly talented cohort of Masters and PhD students who call Utah their home away from home. Our students play an integral part of the intellectual life of the department. Collaboration with graduate colleagues and faculty is consistently supported through academic seminars, monthly journal clubs, faculty mentorship, research support, professional development seminars, and opportunities to pursue interdisciplinary work. 

Our renowned faculty are committed to mentoring excellence; including both the intellectual development and professional placement of our graduate students. 


Campus Life

The University of Utah Campus is situated in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains, overlooking the urban center of Salt Lake City. On-campus amenities include the Student Life Fitness Center, the Utah Musem of Natural History, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Pioneer Theater Company, Kingsbury Hall music venue, the Crimson Lanes bowling ally, hiking trails in Red Butte Canyon, rotating local restaurants and much more.

If you need a break from campus, public transit is free for students and the SLC downtown is 15 minutes away using the TRAX lightrail system. The SLC downtown boasts a diverse dining and entertainment scene, including movie theaters, club/concert venues, an NBA stadium and other sporting venues, local craft microbreweries and restaurants, two shopping malls, biking trails, a number of city parks, and the extensive manicured gardens of Temple Square. Several canyons with numerous hiking and camping opportunities in the warmer months and Skiing/Snowboarding in the winter are less than a 30 minute drive from campus. For students wishing to travel on weekends and holidays, there are 12 national parks within a a half day's drive from campus, and the SLC international airport is a 25 minute drive away from Campus, or you can take free public transit!


Adrian Bell

Assoc. Professor

Kyla Welch

Programs Manager
Graduate Coordinator 

Jack Broughton

Department Chair 

Last Updated: 11/24/20