Department of Anthropology

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: 

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.