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The Department of Anthropology is a tight-knit community of faculty and students that learn from one another. As an undergraduate department with a focus on cultural anthropology, faculty and students not only work together in the classroom but also outside the classroom by hosting speakers, working groups, and other events.

Faculty research and teaching areas of interest include human rights, legal anthropology, political ecology, post-colonialism, social movements, migration, trafficking, labor, religion, race and gender. Faculty have conducted research throughout the world. The Department’s faculty not only are active scholars but also regularly engage with policy makers, the media, and non-governmental organizations. The faculty’s scholarship and advocacy are a part of what has been termed “public anthropology.” This commitment to social justice, both in and out of the classroom, dovetails with Georgetown’s mission to understand — and take action on — issues of injustice close to home and across the globe.

Anthropological thinking and methods can be used in range of settings such as in government agencies, courts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and hospitals. Anthropology courses give students the tools and analytical framework to examine the cultural logic undergirding various communities around the world. Our courses prompt questioning of how power shapes individuals’ lives and how social change happens. Some courses have a field-research component which allows students to navigate new communities in Washington D.C.

Recent Announcements

Greeting from the Chair

October 3rd, 2019

Dear friends,  I am delighted to welcome you to the Department of Anthropology. Our relatively small size allows our students, faculty, and a…

2019-2020 Stapleton Recipients

July 22nd, 2019

The Department of Anthropology is excited to announce the recipients of the Stapleton Award for 2019-2020!

Book cover of Mubbashir Rizvi's The Ethics of Staying

Book Release: The Ethics of Staying

June 12th, 2019

Professor Mubbashir Rizvi’s book The Ethics of Staying: Social Movements and Land Rights Politics in Pakistan has been released by the Stanford Unive…

Spring 2019 Open House Flyer with image of cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin

Spring 2019 Open House

March 27th, 2019

Come visit the Department, ask us your questions about new courses, the registration process, and the Stapleton Award! …