Welcome to the Department of Anthropology
Welcome to the IUPUI Department of Anthropology web page. Anthropology is a broadly based discipline that focuses on a vast range of aspects of human culture and biology. We are interested in many different aspects of the human experience across time and space: our faculty research interests include museum studies, human osteology, historical archaeology, and Greek, South Pacific, and Cape Verdean cultures. The IUPUI Anthropology Department focuses on training student to apply anthropological insight to non-academic settings. This means our graduates become practicing anthropologists in such diverse settings as hospitals, state and federal agencies, zoos, museums, archaeological contracting firms, and almost any context in which an understanding of human culture is essential. Many of our students acquire graduate degrees and have been admitted to some of the most competitive graduate programs in the country.
Anthropology majors have many opportunities to develop their own research. We have a physical anthropology lab and skeletal comparative collection as well as an archaeology lab for students whose interests are in either physical anthropology or archeology. We also conduct an ethnographic field school in Greece and archaeology field schools here in Indianapolis and in Mexico. Indianapolis is home to many community organizations representing many different constituencies and many of our students conduct research and work in one of these local organizations.
Catch up on Anthropology faculty and students have been doing at the Anthropology Department News page, including:
- Susan Hyatt received a New Frontiers grant in January 2014 for her project "Between the National and the Local: The British Community Development Projects and the Creation of ‘New Knowledge.’" Her project analyzes life histories from community activists who were once employed by Britain’s Community Development Projects (CDP), an anti-poverty program inspired by the US War on Poverty. From 1968-1977, the British government funded CDPs in 12 impoverished communities in England, Scotland and Wales. Though the projects themselves ended in 1977, the programs, policies and debates they generated continue to reverberate in British social policy and politics. For more on the CDPs, visit the IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship’s The War on Poverty in Britain: Documents from the Community Development Projects. The Center for Digital Scholarship also includes a page on her Neighborhood of Saturdays project examining a multi-ethnic near-Southside Indianapolis community.
- Jeremy Wilson conducted the joint archaeology field school at the Angel Mounds State Historic Site in Evansville, Indiana. See the 2014 Angel Mounds Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) page for more detail on the second year of this three-year National Science Foundation project. A February 2013 IUPUI News Center story details the NSF REU project at Angel Mounds. See the 2013 Field School blog for more information on the first field season.
- Liz Kryder-Reid won the Landscape History Essay Prize given by the Landscape History Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians for her article: "‘Perennially New’: Santa Barbara and the Origins of the California Mission Garden" published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 69:3 (September 2010):378-405. Jurors noted that "Kryder-Reid’s history is well-written, well structured, well-scaled, and contributes directly and powerfully to new histories and/or to revisionist of preservation practices of landscapes."
- Paul Mullins presented the opening lecture "The Politics of Youth Culture: Selling Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll in Contemporary Consumer Culture"at the IUPUI Weekend U March 8th. His op-ed piece Why National Science Foundation Funding—and Archaeology—Matters appeared in the Huffington Post in November 2013. He also blogs at Archaeology and Material Culture.
- Wendy Vogt‘s paper "Crossing Mexico: Structural violence and the commodification of undocumented Central American migrants" appeared in American Ethnologist in November 2013. She appeared at the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review Symposium "Moving to Opportunity: Examining the Risks and Rewards of Economic Migration" February 21, 2014 and presented the talk "The Intimate Logics of Human Mobility: Unauthorized Central American Migrants in Mexico."
- Under the direction of Holly Cusack-McVeigh, the Anthropology Department held its first Summer Field School at the Sugpiaq Alutiiq Native Village of Nanwalek, Alaska in Summer 2013. Students primary focus was on establishing a community-based, tribal museum, which included cleaning and rehousing objects at the tribal museum, working on cultural heritage projects, and mentoring youth. The course will be offered again in the summer of 2015, and student travel scholarships may be available. Interested students should contact Dr. Cusack-McVeigh for more information.
In Spring 2015 we will be happy to welcome Dr. Rosie Read of Bournemouth University as a Research Fellow visiting IUPUI. Dr Read, a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology at Bournemouth, will be at IUPUI examining community-based scholarship and teaching in IUPUI’s Anthropology Department, such as Dr. Hyatt’s "Neighborhood of Saturdays" project. Dr. Read’s research explores the changing nature of welfare and care in contemporary societies, especially charitable, voluntary and community activities and organisations and their relationship with state institutions. Her ethnographic fieldwork has been carried out in the Czech Republic and the UK. Read more about Dr. Read’s project on the Bournmeouth University Research Blog.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have about the IUPUI Department of Anthropology, and you are certainly welcome to visit us anytime.