The Anthropology Department offers cutting edge training for both undergraduates and graduates. Our programs include the traditional BA, MA/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 1-Year MA in Medical Anthropology and Global Health that includes a certificate in Global Health, and joint MA/MPH and PhD/MPH, MA/MD and PhD/MD degree programs.

Faculty News
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Professor Lee Hoffer receives funding for two new projects

Professor Lee Hoffer recently received funding for two new projects. The first project, "Understanding psylocibin ('magic mushrooms') in the context of the modern 'psychedelic renaissance'," received funding by the College of Arts and Sciences' "Expanding Horizons Initiative (EHI)." The interdisciplinary grant involves faculty from across the College, the School...

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Professor Jill Korbin is retiring

Professor Jill Korbin, Lucy Adams Leffingwell Professor of Anthropology, is retiring July 1, 2022, after 41 years at CWRU. In addition to serving as faculty in the anthropology department, Korbin served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for 18 years, where she helped steer the...

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Cynthia Beall appointed editor-in-chief of Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health

Cynthia Beall, Distinguished University Professor and S. Idell Pyle Professor of Anthropology, on January 1, 2022 became the editor-in-chief of the open-access journal Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, published by Oxford University Press. Among the top ten journals in evolutionary biology, EMPH "publishes original, rigorous applications of evolutionary science to...

Student Spotlight
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Muskan Sidhu awarded 2021-22 Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology

Anthropology BA student, Muskan Sidhu, was awarded the 2021-22 Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology. The Experiential Learning Fellowship in Anthropology provides CWRU Anthropology undergraduate majors with the opportunity to have a meaningful experience in another culture, with the specific goal of enhancing understanding of cultural, economic, political and social diversity. Muskan...

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Alisha Giri awarded NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant

Anthropology PhD student, Alisha Giri, has received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This grant will support Alisha's dissertation research project, "Success and livelihood outcomes among transnational migrant returnees in Nepal." This project studies the ways in which Nepalis returning from international labor...

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Annika Doneghy awarded 2022-2023 Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship

Joint Anthropology PhD/MPH Student, Annika Doneghy, has been awarded a 2022-2023 Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship. The Frédéric Bastiat Fellowship is a "one-year, competitive fellowship program awarded to graduate students attending master's, juris doctoral, and doctoral programs in a variety of fields including economics, law, political science, and public policy. The aim...

Alumni Spotlight

Stephanie McClure: PhD Anthropology 2013

February 2022

Stephanie McClure (PhD 2013) spoke with the Human Biology Association on the topic of “Bringing Anthropology to Public Health.” Dr. McClure is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alabama.

You can listen to the interview here.

Heather Baily: PhD Anthropology 2020, MPH 2020

July 2021

Dr. Baily graduated with a PhD in Anthropology and an MPH in May 2020. She is a Population/Health/Nutrition Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Foreign Service Officers are posted for a 2 or 4-year tour at a US Embassy and serve as technical experts overseeing USAID-funded programs.

You can learn more about USAID Foreign Service work here.


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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