92-93 LS&A Bulletin


1054 LS&A Building


Professor Richard Ford, Chair

May be elected as a departmental concentration program


Loring Brace, Human Evolution, "Race", Dentition, History of Biological Anthropology

Robbins Burling, Linguistics, Ethnology, Southeast Asia

David Carlson, Cranial Facial Growth and Development, Functional Anatomy

Vern Carroll, Ethnographic Method and Rhetoric, Cultural Analysis; Polynesian Kinship, Social Organization, Language and World View, Communicational Anthropology

E. Valentine Daniel, Semiotic Anthropology, Philosophical Anthropology, South Asia

Norma Diamond, Ethnology, Peasants, Women, Chinese Society, Cultures of Northeast Asia, Economic Development and Social Change

Nicholas B. Dirks, Historical Anthropology, History of Anthropology, Ethnology, Peasant Society, The State, Critical Theory, South Asia.

Kent Flannery, Archaeology, Cultural Ecology: Near East, Middle America

Richard I. Ford, Cultural Ecology and Evolution, Ethnobotany, Archaeology, American Indians

Roberto Frisancho, Biological Anthropology, Adaptive Responses to Environmental Extremes: Growth, Nutrition, Physiology; Latin America

Stanley Garn, Nutrition and Growth, Nutritional Epidemiology, Body Composition, Obesity, Dental Anthropology

Philip Gingerich, Primate Paleontology and Evolution

Peter Gosling, Rural Development, Migration and Resettlement: Southeast Asia; Chinese Economy and Ethnicity

Sally Humphreys, Kinship, Law, Religion; Ancient Greece

Raymond Kelly, Ethnology, Social Structure, Social Organization, Witchcraft, Warfare, Oceania

Conrad Kottak, General and Cultural Anthropology: Brazil, Madagascar, U.S.

Frank Livingstone, Biological Anthropology, Population Genetics

Joyce Marcus, Latin American Ethnohistory and Archaeology

Sherry Ortner, Cultural Anthropology, Religion, Ideology, Gender Systems: Tibet, Nepal, Southeast Asia

Maxwell Owusu, Ethnology, Political Anthropology, Anthropology of Law, Problems of Development: Africa, Caribbean

Jeffrey R. Parsons, Archaeology, Mesoamerican and Andean Prehistory

Roy A. Rappaport, Melanesia, Religion, Ritual, Ecology, Evolution

John Speth, Archaeology, Method and Theory: North America, Middle East

Thomas Trautmann, Kinship, History of Anthropology, India

Robert Whallon, Archaeology, Europe, Near East, Paleolithic-Neolithic, Hunter-Gatherers

Melvin D. Williams, Psychological Anthropology, Social Psychiatry, Religion, Contemporary American Society, Africa, Northwest Coast

Milford Wolpoff, Paleoanthropology, Evolution Theory, Biomechanics

Henry Wright, Archaeology: Middle East, Eastern United States, Africa

Associate Professors

Ruth Behar, Ethnology, Ethnohistory, Peasant Society, Religion and Belief, Women's Studies, Visual Anthropology, Europe, Latin America

Thomas E. Fricke, Family and Household, Cultural Ecology, Demography, Nepal, South Asia

William Lockwood, Ethnology, Ethnicity, Peasants; Field Methods and Ethnographic Films: Europe, Contemporary U.S.

Bruce Mannheim, Linguistic Theory, Historical Linguistics, Syntax/Semantics, Social Structure, Semiotic, Ethnopoetics; Andean South America

John O'Shea, Prehistoric Economics, Archaeology, Method and Theory: Old World, North America, Great Lakes

Jennifer Robertson, Sociocultural Anthropology, Sex/Gender Systems, Everyday Religion, Japan, East Asia

Barbara Smuts, Primate and Human Social Behavior, Evolution of Social Relationships

Ann Stoler, Colonial Cultures, Development Anthropology, Women's Studies, Peasants, Political Economy, Southeast Asia

Assistant Professors

Crisca Bierwert, Native N. America, Oral Tradition, Visual Arts, Ritual and Other Cultural Performance

Gracia Clark, Africa, Trade, Food Systems, Political Economy, Women, Ethnohistory

Fernando Coronil, Historical Anthropology, Post-Coloniality, State-Formation, Capitalism, Popular Culture, Gender; Latin America

Larry Hirschfeld, Social and Cognitive Development, Psychological Anthropology; Southeast Asia

Brinkley Messick, Political and Legal Anthropology; Cultural Theory; Middle East

John Mitani, Primate Behavior, Animal Communication, South East Asia, Africa

Roger Rouse, Popular Culture in the U.S., Mexican Migration to the U.S., History of Anthropological Theory


Getrude Huntington, Ethnology, Socialization and Education, Aging: Amish and Hutterites

Anthropology is a science that deals with both the biological and cultural aspects of humanity. Its basic concerns include the organic evolution of the human species; the origin, development, and integration of customs, techniques, and beliefs which define a way of life (or culture) of human social groups; and the interrelations between these biological and cultural factors in human behavior.

The subject matter of anthropology is divided into two major areas of study: Biological Anthropology (Division 318) and Cultural Anthropology (Division 319). The latter, in turn, includes archaeology, ethnology, and linguistic anthropology.

Biological Anthropology considers human evolutionary history, the causes of present genetic diversity, and the biological basis of human behavior. It utilizes the evidence and concepts of paleontology, population genetics, and ecology.

Archaeology seeks to understand human behavior through the longest possible time span by examining the remains of human activity (e.g., settlements, tools, pottery) which have survived from antiquity.

Ethnology describes, analyzes, and compares the widest possible range of human cultures and social institutions. Some ethnologists concentrate on societies dissimilar from our own, e.g., hunters and gatherers, tribal peoples, and preindustrial societies; others examine contemporary European and American societies with the wider perspective gained from looking at other cultures and societies.

Linguistic Anthropology views language as one of the most distinctive characteristics of human beings and makes language a special field of study.

An anthropology concentration may prepare students for further advanced training and professional careers in teaching, research, and/or applied anthropology within government and private organizations, but it is not intended primarily as a training-ground for professional anthropologists. An undergraduate concentration in anthropology contributes to a liberal arts education, offering a disciplined awareness of human behavior and social institutions in different times and places.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Anthropology 101 and 161 (Introduction to Biological Anthropology) are recommended.

Concentration Program. Concentrators are expected to include at least one course in each of four subdivisions: biological anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, and linguistics. 27 credits beyond the 100 level are required. Please note that the following courses do not count toward the 27 credit requirement: 101, 161, 222. It is recommended that students also take at least two cognates that are selected in consultation with their concentration advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to elect at least one undergraduate seminar in anthropology. For students primarily interested in ethnology, we recommend at least one course from each of the following categories: 1) regional courses; 2) topical courses; and 3) theory/method courses. A detailed description of the concentration program is available at the department office.

Honors Concentration. Students interested in scholarly research are encouraged to consider the Honors concentration. Previous participation in the College Honors program is not a prerequisite. Seniors admitted to the Honors concentration normally elect a seminar in their special field of interest: biological anthropology (division 318, course 398), archaeology or ethnology (division 319, course 398). The seminars give students an opportunity for intensive training and research experience; the Honors concentration normally requires a senior thesis. Interested students should consult an Anthropology concentration advisor.

Advising and Counseling. All anthropology faculty members are available for informal discussion with students during scheduled office hours (check the department office for times). Concentration advisors are available to explain program objectives and requirements and to help with the initial planning of your concentration program (appointments are scheduled in the department office). Each declared concentrator whose primary focus is ethnology will normally be provided with an individual faculty advisor who shares the student's interest and can give continuing guidance in course selection, etc. during the upperclass years. Concentrators whose primary focus is archaeology or biological anthropology can generally make comparable arrangements on request. Students who elect an anthropology concentration should develop (and file) a preliminary plan listing the courses they expect to take. This should be reviewed with the student's advisor or a concentration advisor each term.

The Museum of Anthropology. This museum is a separate university unit administered by the Director of Museums. All members of the curatorial staff of the museum offer instruction and hold academic titles in the Anthropology Department. The collections and laboratory facilities of the museum are made available to qualified students in the Department of Anthropology for instruction and research. The Museum has extensive collections of material on the ethnology and archaeology of the Great Lakes region and of the eastern United States. Other major collections include ethnological materials from the American Southwest; materials from Japan, China, and Tibet; and considerable archaeological, ethnological, and skeletal materials from the Philippines. There are smaller, representative collections from Africa, Oceania, Latin America, and Europe. While no formal program in museology is offered, two courses in Museum Techniques (Anthropology 496 and 497, Division 319) provide an opportunity to learn museum research methodology and administration through individually supervised work.

Half Term Information. Courses are offered normally in half terms for 2 credits.

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