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Anthropology

Field Description

Graduate training in the Field of Anthropology emphasizes sociocultural anthropology, with an additional concentration in archaeological anthropology; biological anthropology is primarily an undergraduate program except under special circumstances, particularly in international nutrition. Substantively, the Field of Anthropology combines humanistic and social scientific approaches in innovative ethnographic research, emphasizing culture as a productive process and anthropologists as engaged in understanding and defending cultural diversity. Geographically, our greatest depth is in Asia (East, South and Southeast), but the Americas, Europe, and Oceania all also figure importantly.The Field of Anthropology has strong ties with all the geographic area programs, as well as faculty active in many other interdisciplinary programs, including joint appointments with Asian American Studies, Latino Studies and Women's Studies.

 

The graduate program in anthropology is highly individualized and interdisciplinary. Only three courses and a field research proposal are required; thus, the bulk of students' work in language, area studies, or other training is individually designed in consultation with the Special Committee. Individually tailored examinations occur after approximately the first year of course work (the Qualifying Exam), the second or third year (the Admission to Candidacy, or A Exam), and after completion of the thesis (the Defense or B Exam). Most graduate students in the Field of Anthropology complete one to two years of intensive field research. All doctoral candidates are also expected to teach at some point: most students first get experience as assistants in both introductory and mid-level courses; later, many design and teach courses of their own in the Knight Writing Program. A vigorous weekly colloquium series enriches the intellectual environment for both students and faculty.

The Field of Anthropology primarily admits candidates seeking a Ph.D. because of the lack of funding for, and employment with, only an M.A. With very rare exceptions, every student admitted to the Ph.D. program receives full funding to support all the expected years of on-campus study. In recent years, all our graduate students have received additional funding, either from Cornell or from major external sources such as NSF, Fulbright, SSRC, and Wenner-Gren to conduct both preliminary and dissertation field research. Most students complete the Ph.D. within seven years and most have gone on to find academic employment at major colleges and universities in the U.S. or abroad.

Contact Information

Website: http://anthropology.cornell.edu/
Email: dsd6@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-6768

261 McGraw Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-4601

 

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Anthropology

  • archaeological anthropology
  • biological anthropology
  • socio-cultural anthropology

Faculty

Adam C Arcadi - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: biological anthropology Research Interests: primate behavior; evolution of language; conservation and environmental anthropology; Uganda; United States
Caitlin Barrett - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology Research Interests: classical archaeology; egyptology; archaeology of religion
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology Research Interests: North American and Mesoamerican archaeology; historical and North American prehistoric archaeology; urban archaeology; cultural landscapes
Jonathan Boyarin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: Jewish ethnography, East European Jewish culture, migration, comparative diaspora, collective memory, politics of identity, textuality and orality, temporalities
Jane Fajans - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: social and cultural anthropology; ritual and symbolic forms; socialization and life cycle; gender studies (Oceania)
Magnus Fiskesjo - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: China; East and Southeast Asia; historical and political anthropology; autonomy and dependence; ethnicity and ethnonymy; cultural heritage
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: historical anthropology; history of anthropology; material visual culture; museum studies; tourism; warfare; religion; native North America; Puerto Rico; Cuba
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: action research; industrial democracy; program evaluation; political economy, universities as work organizations; Spain (Basque Country, La Mancha)
Concentrations: Anthropology: biological anthropology Research Interests: biological (physical) and biocultural anthropology
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology Research Interests: archaeology; ethnohistory; evolution and complex societies; settlement and household archaeology; Mesoamerica
Saida Hodzic - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: medical and legal anthropology; gender and sexuality; human rights, violence, development, and citizenship; science and global health; postcolonial and critical theory
David Hines Holmberg - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: culture and meaning; comparative religion; social organization; South Asian studies; women's studies
Billie Jean Isbell - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology; biological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology
Kurt Jordan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology Research Interests: archaeological anthropology; archaeology of indigenous peoples; colonialism and culture
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology Research Interests: archaeological theory; eastern Mediterranean in antiquity; Achaemenid Persian empire; archaeology of Eurasia and the South Caucasus
Oneka LaBennett - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: Race and gender, migration, transnationalism and globalization, youth culture and consumption, urban anthropology, the anthropology of space and place; African Diaspora, Caribbean and U.S.
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: anthropology of medicine; healing and the body; postcolonial science studies; African ethnography; anthropology of knowledge; politics of materiality; culture and feminist theory
Sturt W. Manning - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology
Kathryn S March - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: culture and meaning; expressive culture; social organization; South Asian studies; women's studies
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: anthropology of knowledge; hope; utopia; culture of capitalism; social studies of finance; exchange; religious language; colonialism; law; material culture; Fiji; Japan
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: ethnicity; nationalism; South Asian diaspora; Caribbean; Asian American studies
Paul Nadasdy - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: aboriginal people and the state; arctic/sub-arctic studies; hunter-gatherer studies; anthropology of science and knowledge; politics of wildlife management; environmental/ecological anthropology
Concentrations: Anthropology: biological anthropology Research Interests: food, nutrition, and health; development, application, and evaluation of participation approaches for policy analysis and planning
Rachel Prentice - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology
Lucinda Ramberg - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: culture; medicine and the body; realigion and secularism; gender, sexuality, and kinship; feminist, queer and post colonial theory; south Asia
Lucinda Ramberg - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology
Annelise Riles - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: institutional knowledge practices; legal elitists; non-governmental epistemological issues in anthropology and the anthropology of epistemology; aesthetics; relationship between theory and ethnography; ethnography of formalism and pragmatism; anthropology of finance; property regimes; Fiji; Japan; U.S.A.
Nerissa Russell - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: European and Near Eastern prehistory; Neolithic zooarchaeology and bone tools; inequality; human-animal relationships; social and symbolic roles of animals and meat
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: Chinese studies; demography; economic anthropology; comparative religion; ideology and social production
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: institutional culture; legal, applied, and urban anthropology; dance/movement; Latino studies; bilingualism and language ideology
James T Siegel - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: Southeast Asian studies; policical anthropology; cultural studies
Adam T Smith - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology Research Interests: archaeology; political anthropology; Eurasia, and the Near East and the caucasus; archaeological and political theory; early complex politics; authority and sovereignty
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology Research Interests: Bioarchaeology; Andean archaeology; mortuary practice; stable isotope analysis; paleopathology; taphonomy; cranial modification; ethnogenesis
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: anthropology of education; multiculturalism; critical race studies; language; school equity; community; ethnic studies; feminist cultural studies
Concentrations: Anthropology: archaeological anthropology Research Interests: stone age archaeology; quantitative methods; Old World, especially Africa
Marina A. Welker - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: corporations and capitalism; international development; global networks; nongovernmental organizations; political economy; social theory; business history in the United States and Southeast Asia (insular and mainland, especially Indonesia, Burma, Thailand)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: sociocultural anthropology; political economy; ethnicity; nationalism; transnationalism; symbolism; religious revivalism; Hinduism; Malaysia; India; U.S.A.
Sera Young - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology Research Interests: maternal and child health; ethnography; HIV; anemia; non-food cravings; infant and young child feeding; food insecurity; sub-saharan Africa