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, MD/MA and MD/PhD degree programs.


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Plimpton Lecture Series featuring Dr. Melissa Cefkin

Dr. Melissa Cefkin, Ph.D. leads the Human Centered Systems research division at the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley that examines the challenges of creating autonomous vehicles. Join us on Monday, February 11 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM in Mather Memorial 201 for her talk on “Anthropological Forays into the Future: Living with Autonomous Cars”.

Uganda – CWRU Research Collaboration observes 30th Anniversary

This year marks the 30th year of the research collaboration between researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Uganda. The collaboration began at the invitation of the Ugandan government who invited the late Dr. Frederick Robbins, Nobel Laureate and Dean Emeritus of the CWRU School of Medicine, to visit...

Kassen Lecture Series featuring Dr. Susan Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh, Ph.D. John King & Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research Professor of Chinese Society in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard "Big Pharma, Big Food, and the Management of the Global Obesity Epidemic" Friday, November 2, 2018 - starts at 5:00 PM in Mather Memorial, 201 (Snacks provided) Professor Greenhalgh’s work seeks to...

Anthropology Lecture Series featuring Dr. Crystal Patil

Crystal L. Patil, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Interim Department Head, Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago "Invisible and in the Spotlight: Situating Sickle Cell Disease in our Teaching and Research" Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in Mather...

Anthropology Lecture Series featuring Dr. Svea Closser

Svea Closser, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Middlebury College "Does Volunteer Community Health Work Empower Women? Evidence from Ethiopia's Women's Development Army" Monday, September 17, 2018 - from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in Mather Memorial, 201 Professor Svea Closser is a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on the interaction between...

A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 1 now available in Tibetan

Dr. Goldstein's 900 page, award winning "A History of Modern Tibet, Volume 1, 1913-1951: The Demise of the Lamaist State" (U. California Press, 1989) is now available in Tibetan. This two volume Tibetan edition was translated by the well known Tibetan scholar T.N. Shelling, who worked at CWRU's Center for...


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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