From our Department Head

Anthropology is a discipline that has the privilege to study human diversity, through time and globally.  And what that has taught us is that humans have a huge range of experiences and many ways of living, none of us or our societies having achieved perfection, but all of us sharing in the great adventure of living life to its fullest.  While being true to ourselves and our cultural values sometimes results in stepping on toes, our goal is to figure out how we can live as neighbors on one small planet, helping one another to achieve fulfillment, peace, and freedom while making those things work for everyone.

Today, when we hear about people deciding a presidential election may turn the tide away from respect, neighborliness, and acceptance, we should step forward and reassert our commitments to the values that we share.  Our University has a nondiscrimination policy that we can point to on the university website (see Nondiscrimination Policy Statement, Purdue University), and our Provost has today reiterated this commitment.

Please join me in reaching out to all those who may need the extra hand of friendship at this time and all who need to know that we at Purdue continue our commitment to a world where human rights are honored and human dignity is the common goal.  Ellen Gruenbaum, Head and Professor of Anthropology


Anthropologists can help change the world. We do this, in part, by making sure our graduates are prepared with the skills and experiences they will need for a broad spectrum of careers. In Anthropology, you will work on global problems in interdisciplinary teams. You can participate in summer field schools around the world, study abroad, and do other hands-on research. We are committed to exploring human diversity across time and space.  We invite you to join us!

Upcoming Events

CRYPH-Center for Research on Young Peoples Health welcomes participation 
"Beyond Risk: Social Influences of Young Women's Health in Africa"
Friday | Feb. 24th | 12:00-5:00 PM | STEW Room 218

Brown Bag Lecture Series
Dr. Nicholas Ssempijja, Ph.D., Fulbright Visiting Scholar
"From Orality to Chanting: and Religious Identity in Post-Vatican II Uganda"
Wednesday | March 1 | 11:30-12:30 | STON 154

Sociology Colloquium Series
Dr. Shawn Bauldry, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Purdue University
"Multigenerational Attainment and the Mortality of Silent Generations Women?"
Wednesday | March 1 | 3:30 p.m. | STON 217

Brown Bag Lecture Series
Liz Hall, Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate
"Zoonotic Risks at the Human-Primate Interface: Behavior, Nutritional Status, and Immune Function in a Central African Forest Reserve"
Friday | March 3 | 12:00-1:00 | BRNG 1206

Anthropology Brown Bag Series
Details on the following upcoming Brown Bags will be announced soon.
March 22 - Grad Student conference presentations
April 12 - Dr. Amanuel Beyin, Assistant Professor, University of Louisville
April 26 - TBA

Latest News

2/22/2017 - Purdue Anthropology Society (P.A.S.T.) recently made a video to help explain what anthropology is so it can be used in High Schools. The students did a great job, click here to view the video.

1/31/2017 - The work of Dr. Stacy M. Lindshield new Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology (fall 2017) on chimpanzee politics, titled In Rare Killing, Chimpanzees Cannibalize Former Leader” is highlighted by National Geographic News.

1/29/2017 – Dr. Suad Abdul Khabeer publishes article “Trump's Muslim ban is a dangerous distraction” in Aljazeera News.

1/25/2017 - The Anthropology Department is pleased to announce the availability of a small pool of funds to support field school participation for summer 2017!  Currently registered Anthropology majors applying to a field school from an accredited US or international university or reputable field training organization are eligible to apply. Because the funds are limited, and depending on demand, awards will likely be a maximum of $750. Attached please find the application. Click this link for more details along with information about additional funds for conference travel for Purdue Undergraduates.

1/18/2017 - Earn 6 credits and an experience of a lifetime by joining the summer 2017 study abroad course in the Brazilian Amazon where you not only learn about ethnographic methods but also the complex dynamics of Indigenous rights, natural resource management, development, and conservation in the region. With a focus on applied, visual, and other qualitative methods, we work with community partners and learn about a variety of livelihood strategies in the Amazon region. A partnership with Brazilian universities and an indigenous NGO are some of the highlights of the course where students live and work alongside experts in the area. Questions? contact  or Refer to the above links for a call out meeting and link to further details.

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