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.


The Anthropology Department offers cutting edge training for both undergraduates and graduatesStudy with internationally recognized faculty Where will anthropology take you? Explore this interactive map of anthropology research conducted by faculty and PhD candidates at CWRU


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...

Three graduate students successfully defended their dissertations

Graduate students Yunzhu Chen, Allison Schlosser, and Jing Wang successfully defended their dissertations. Congratulations to all!! Yunzhu Chen: "The Revival of "Visiting Marriage" - Family Change and Intergenerational Relations Among Matrilineal Tibetans in Southwestern China." Allison Schlosser: "Subjectivity and Moral Personhood: An Ethnography of Addiction Treatment in the United States." Jing Wang:...

Megan Schmidt-Sane awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant

Megan Schmidt-Sane was awarded a highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her proposal entitled “Doctoral Dissertation Research: A mixed-method study of health vulnerability and social resilience in Kampala, Uganda.” The NSF grant allows doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to...

The Anthropologist – Spring Issue Released

The Spring 2018 issue of The Anthropologist just released. Take time to catch up on faculty research, grants awarded within the department, noteworthy achievements from undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and alumni, and other news from the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Beall featured on 90.3 WCPN Science Friday

Dr. Beall was featured on 90.3 WCPN Science Friday on Friday, April 20th from 2:00 – 4:00pm discussing high-altitude populations. Listen to the full episode here.

Research abroad made possible by the generosity of Jonathan F. Plimpton

Jonathan F. Plimpton, a 1970 graduate of the Department of Anthropology of Western Reserve College, was recently featured in the College of Arts and Sciences Donor Stories for his continued generosity of a funded fellowship that enables anthropology undergraduates the opportunity to conduct research abroad. The Jonathan F. Plimpton...


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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