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The Anthropology Department offers cutting edge training for both undergraduates and graduates. Our programs include the traditional BA, MA and PhD programs, plus a BA/MA (Integrated Graduate Studies program in which undergraduate students can graduate with an MA in 4 years), as well as a new 1-Year MA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health that includes a certificate in Global Health, and MA/MPH, PhD/MPH, MSN/MA, MD/MA and MD/PhD degree programs.


As a student in the anthropology program at Case Western Reserve University you will be involved in a discipline that challenges you to form a unique perspective on human behavior, institutions, and biology. These skills of investigation, discovery, and critical thinking prepare you for a wide range of careers from health and international affairs, to public service, education, and law, to management and industry. Job opportunities in the subdisciplines of cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeological anthropology, and linguistic anthropology will be abundant in the next ten years. Read more.



New book by Dr. Lihong Shi available August 2017

Date posted: May 25th, 2017

Dr. Lihong Shi has a new book, Choosing Daughters: Family Change in Rural China, that will be published in August by Stanford University Press. …Read more.

Applications being accepted for a Visiting Assistant Professor Position in Medical Anthropology and Global Health

Date posted: April 11th, 2017

Visiting Assistant Professor Position in Medical Anthropology and Global Health
The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position in our program in medical anthropology and global health beginning in the 2017 – 2018 academic year. …Read more.

Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series featuring Dr. John Bing

Date posted: March 20th, 2017

April 10, 2017

4:15 – 5:30PM


The Department of Anthropology Spotlight Lecture Series will feature Dr. John Bing, Founder and Chairmen of ITAP International. The lecture is entitled “The Case for Comparative Quantitative Measures of Cultures: The Many Dimensions of Geert Hofstede.” Light refreshments will be provided.


Dr. John Bing is founder and Chairman of ITAP International, a consulting firm with global operations. His consulting experience spans the Americas, Europe and Africa and the pharmaceutical, consumer product, information technology industries and United Nations Agencies. He designed the original version of ITAP International’s Team Process Questionnaire family of consulting instruments and developed a new version of the Culture in the Workplace Questionnaire, originally created by Geert Hofstede. The field of cross-cultural research and practice has come into its own over the past fifty years, with the work of Geert Hofstede as the exemplar. His extensive published work on dimensions of culture has not been without controversy, but his methodology has prevailed and yielded practical approaches to comparing national cultures that have opened new approaches to learning. This lecture will review his methodological approaches and a practical application of his methodology.

Seinenu Thein-Lemelson Lecture

Date posted: March 16th, 2017

March 23, 2017

11:30 – 12:45 PM


This lecture, co-sponsored with the Schubert Center for Child Studies, is featuring Seinenu Thein-Lemelson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Institute of Personality and Social Research (IPSR), University of California, Berkeley. The lecture is entitled “Fear and Silence in Burma and Indonesia: Comparing Two National Tragedies and Tracing Possible Pathways Towards Resilience.”


There is a growing literature indicating that individuals often respond to traumatic experience with resilience, yet it is not clear what specific factors facilitate recovery. In particular, it has been challenging to identify the larger historical, structural, political, and cultural factors that predict individual outcome in the context of life-span development.  This lecture will discuss the comparative case analysis of two historic national tragedies in Southeast Asia: one in Burma, the other in Indonesia. The two case studies illuminate how the social and political landscape, following traumatic events, can be shaped to allow victims of trauma to thrive, rather than recede into silence.

Robert Lemelson Seminar

Date posted: March 13th, 2017

March 23, 2017

2:00 – 5:00 PM


This seminar, co-sponsored with the Schubert Center for Child Studies, is featuring Robert Lemelson, Ph.D., Research Anthropologist, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience; Associate Adjunct Professor, UCLA; Department of Anthropology; President, Foundation for Psychocultural Research, Kepala Desa, Elemental Productions. The seminar is entitled “Afflictions: Steps Towards and Integration of Visual, Medical and Psychological Anthropology.” 


The ubiquity and inexpensive quality of visual technologies is revolutionizing social science, including Anthropology. But while most anthropologists conducting fieldwork use some form of visual technology in their practice, few do it in a disciplined and systematic way. This seminar will focus the theory and practice of a proposed  new subfield in Anthropology entitled Visual Psychological Anthropology, and will be centered around issues involved in the creation of a six part documentary series entitled “Afflictions: Culture.”


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Join us in Celebration of National Anthropology Day

Date posted: January 6th, 2017

February 16, 2017

12:00 – 2:00PM

The Department of Anthropology invites you to stop by their table in Tinkham Veale Center Smith Commons on February 16, 2017 between 12:00 and 2:00 pm. Learn about the exciting opportunities open to anthropologists and enjoy a piece of cake in celebration of National Anthropology Day!

Celebrate National Anthropology Day!


Certificate in Global Health

Learn about the extraordinary success of Anthropology graduate students in obtaining national funding for their doctoral dissertation research.

Interactive Map of Anthropology Research Conducted by Faculty and PhD Candidates at Case Western Reserve University

Learn how to join Lambda Alpha, the CWRU Ohio Theta Chapter of the national honors society for students of Anthropology

Interested in a career in Anthropology? American Anthropological Association (AAA) website, This Is Anthropology, may have helpful information.


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