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Melissa Johnson, Alumna, Publishes New Book

Melissa Johnson received her Ph.D. in 1998. Her book "Becoming Creole: Nature and Race in Belize" was published Nov. 1, 2018.

Scott Stonington, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Lead Editor on case series in The New England Journal of Medicine

"Case Studies in Social Medicine — Attending to Structural Forces in Clinical Practice"

The Anthropology Department is made up of Four Subfields:   

What does it mean to be human?  Where have we come from?  How do we live and communicate?

What forces have shaped human physiology and social life?  


  • Understanding how we produce goods and power, make kinship and gender, decide what is right and wrong, build and destroy environments -- all in such a variety of ways;

  • Studying language and other forms of communication, such as new media, technology, and the arts;

  • Through archaeological excavations, examining big picture changes in society, culture, and biology over time -- from the deep human past to the fraught realities of lives unfolding today;

  • Investigating the evolution of human and non-human primates through study of adaptation, genetics, behavior, and ecology -- confronting the contours and limits of human uniqueness.