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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, G. William Skinner, George D. Spindler, Robert B. Textor

Chair: James Ferguson

Professors: William H. Durham, James Ferguson, Ian Hodder, Richard G. Klein, Tanya Luhrmann, Lynn Meskell, Sylvia J. Yanagisako

Associate Professors: Paulla Ebron, James A. Fox, Miyako Inoue, Matthew Kohrman, Liisa Malkki, John W. Rick

Assistant Professors: Rebecca Bliege Bird, Melissa J. Brown, David DeGusta, Sarah Lochlann Jain, James Holland Jones (on leave, winter and spring), Ian G. Robertson, Barbara Voss, Michael V. Wilcox

Assistant Professor (Research): Douglas W. Bird

Courtesy Professors: Penelope Eckert, Raymond McDermott

Visiting Associate Professor: Ewa Domanska

Lecturers: Amy Burce, Kathleen Coll, Daniel A. Contreras, Keila Diehl, Carolyn Duffey, Claudia Engel, Susan Glover, Laura Hubbard, Matthew J. Jobin, Cari Kapur, Eliane Karp de Toledo, Alma Kunanbaeva, Sandra Lee, Carolyn Nakamura, Merritt Ruhlen, 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

Teaching Affiliates: Tania Ahmad, Aisha Beliso De-Jesus, Ana Bezic, Jocelyn Chua, Oded Korczyn, Kristin Monroe, Zhanara Nauruzbayeva, Tiffany Romain, Angel Roque

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 have the subject code ANTHRO, and are listed in the "Anthropology [ANTHRO] Courses" section of this bulletin.


The courses offered by the Department of Anthropology are designed to: (1) provide undergraduates with instruction in anthropology; (2) provide undergraduate majors in anthropology with a program of work leading to the bachelor's degree; and (3) 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 the understanding 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, and 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 various topics and area studies within anthropology 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.

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