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Emeriti: (Professors) Clifford R. Barnett, Harumi Befu, George A. Collier, Jane F. Collier, Carol Delaney, Charles O. Frake, James L. Gibbs, Jr., Renato I. Rosaldo, George D. Spindler, Robert B. Textor

Chair: James Ferguson

Professors: Lisa Curran, William H. Durham, James Ferguson, Ian Hodder (on leave), Richard G. Klein, Tanya Luhrmann, Lynn Meskell (on leave), Sylvia J. Yanagisako

Associate Professors: Rebecca Bliege Bird, Paulla Ebron, James A. Fox, Miyako Inoue, Matthew Kohrman, Liisa Malkki, John W. Rick, Barbara Voss

Assistant Professors: Melissa J. Brown, David DeGusta, Sarah Lochlann Jain, James Holland Jones, Ian G. Robertson (on leave), Michael V. Wilcox

Assistant Professor (Research): Douglas W. Bird

Courtesy Professors: Penelope Eckert, Raymond McDermott

Visiting Associate Professor: Ewa Domanska

Lecturers: Camila Briault, Kathleen Coll, Claudia Engel, Matthew Jobin, Alma Kunanbaeva, Carolyn Nakamura, Merritt Ruhlen, Dan Salkeld, James Truncer

Consulting Associate Professor: Dominique Irvine

Consulting Assistant Professor: Joanna Mountain

Affiliated Faculty: Carol Boggs, J. Gordon Brotherston, Susan Cashion, Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Marcus W. Feldman, John A. Gosling, Robert Sapolsky, Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Bernardo Subercaseaux

Post Doctoral Fellows: Carter Hunt, Cheryl Makarewicz

Teaching Affiliates: Serena Love, Tiffany Romain, Angel Roque, Bryn Williams

Department Offices: 450 Serra Mall, Main Quadrangle, Building 50

Mail Code: 94305-2034

Phone: (650) 723-3421


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Courses offered by the Department of Anthropology are listed under the subject code ANTHRO on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.


The courses offered by the Department of Anthropology are designed to: provide undergraduates with instruction in anthropology; provide undergraduate majors in Anthropology with a program of work leading to the bachelor's degree; and prepare graduate candidates for advanced degrees in Anthropology. Anthropology is devoted to the study of human beings and human societies as they exist across time and space. It is distinct from other social sciences in that it gives central attention to the full time span of human history, and to the full range of human societies and cultures, including those located in historically marginalized parts of the world. It is therefore especially attuned to questions of social, cultural, and biological diversity, to issues of power, identity, and inequality, and to understanding the dynamic processes of social, historical, ecological, and biological change over time. Education in Anthropology provides excellent preparation for living in a multicultural and globally-interconnected world, and helps to equip students for careers in fields including law, medicine, business, public service, research, ecological sustainability, and resource management. Students may pursue degrees in Anthropology at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels.

The Department of Anthropology offers a wide range of approaches to the topics and area studies within the field, including archaeology, ecology, environmental anthropology, evolution, linguistics, medical anthropology, political economy, science and technology studies, and sociocultural anthropology. Methodologies for the study of micro- and macro-social processes are taught through the use of qualitative and quantitative approaches. The department provides students with excellent training in theory and methods to enable them to pursue graduate study in any of the above mentioned subfields of Anthropology.


The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of core knowledge within the Anthropology discipline.
  2. the ability to communicate ideas clearly and persuasively in writing.
  3. the ability to analyze a problem and draw correct inferences using qualitative and/or quantitative analysis.
  4. the ability to evaluate theory and critique research within the Anthropology discipline.

Undergraduate Programs in Anthropology

In addition to gaining an excellent foundation for graduate research and study, students majoring in Anthropology can pursue careers in government, international business, international development agencies, international education, law, mass media, nonprofit organizations, and public policy.

Beginning in academic year 2007-08, the departments of Anthropological Sciences and Cultural and Social Anthropology merged to form the Department of Anthropology. Students who declared a major in Anthropological Sciences or in Cultural and Social Anthropology prior to the academic year 2007-08 should consult the Stanford Bulletin 2006-07 for degree requirements. Such students may continue in their degree program under these requirements, or they may petition for the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

Graduate Programs in Anthropology

Graduate training in Anthropology at Stanford is designed for students who seek the Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree, and for students who seek the Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree, only. Entering graduate students need not have majored in Anthropology as undergraduates, although most have backgrounds in behavioral, biological, social, or physical sciences.

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