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Anthropology

The Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center engages the breadth of anthropological knowledge. Over 50 fulltime faculty members across the four subfields of the discipline (archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and biological anthropology), augmented by a host of affiliated faculty from other institutions near and far, mentor more than 200 doctoral students of diverse backgrounds and interests.
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Anthropology Hero - NYC Dig

The Anthropology Program at the Graduate Center engages the breadth of anthropological knowledge. Over 50 fulltime faculty members across the four subfields of the discipline (archaeology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology and biological anthropology), augmented by a host of affiliated faculty from other institutions near and far, mentor more than 200 doctoral students of diverse backgrounds and interests.

Learn more about the program

Degree Offered

Ph.D. in Anthropology

Full-time
4 subfields

Admissions Deadlines

December 1 for Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology and Linguistic Anthropology

December 15 for Biological Anthropology

(fall enrollment only/no spring enrollment)

Leveraging these resources with our central New York City location, distinguished faculty in related disciplines at the Graduate Center, and continually improving student fellowship support, the program has sustained a reputation for excellence, access and engaged scholarship.

Faculty publications have been honored with numerous prestigious awards, multiple alumni have won the MacArthur “Genius” Award, and our students receive grants and fellowships at consistently high rates.  Two current faculty members have recently served as President of the American Anthropological Association and faculty and students regularly populate the offices of other professional organizations.  Each year we offer an extensive array of public lectures across all the subfields of the discipline.

Few anthropology programs can boast the breadth of expertise, diversity of personnel, level of activity, height of scholarly achievement, degree of disciplinary leadership, and range of socio-political engagement that is our stock in trade.

Subfields

The archaeology subfield at the Graduate Center maintains a dual focus on major theoretical issues of wide concern in anthropology (rise of the state, hunter-gatherer organization, chieftainship, gender, human impacts) and on rigorous training in archaeological method (lithic technology, locational analyses, zooarchaeology, pottery analysis, quantitative methods).

Learn more about the Archaeology subfield

Biological anthropology at the Graduate Center covers a wide range of topics, with a strong emphasis on evolutionary approaches to understanding human and nonhuman primate biology.

Learn more about the Biological Anthropology subfield

The cultural subfield maintains a focus on the material bases of inequality, analyzed in both local and global contexts, combining historical and ethnographic approaches.

Learn more about the Cultural Anthropology subfield

The linguistic anthropology subfield investigates the role of language in ethnographic, cultural, social, and historical contexts.

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Our Faculty

The Anthropology program at the Graduate Center draws its faculty from across the CUNY system. There are currently over 50 active, fulltime faculty members representing 10 different CUNY campuses, supported by a rich collection of emeritus professors, many of whom continue to participate substantively in student training, and a broad set of adjunct/affiliated faculty from a variety of prestigious institutions.

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Colloquium Series

Each semester, the Anthropology hosts a colloquium series that features esteemed anthropologists discussing different aspects of the field. See what's on the schedule for this semester!

Colloquium Events

Admissions

We value diverse applicants with interesting political and intellectual backgrounds. Annually, we admit 13-15 anthropology students. New students study tuition-free for 5 years, plus many receive full stipends and research support.

Admissions and Aid
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Visit our CUNY Commons site for additional information about our program or visit our offices at Room 6406.

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Jeff Maskovsky

Executive Officer and Professor, Anthropology; Professor, Psychology

Ellen DeRiso

Assistant Program Officer, Anthropology