Anthropology

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 1; no spring admission

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

Degrees

  • M.A.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Anthropology (M.A., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • archaeological anthropology
  • biological anthropology
  • socio-cultural anthropology

Graduate training in the Field of Anthropology emphasizes sociocultural anthropology, with an additional concentration in archaeological anthropology; biological anthropology is primarily an undergraduate program except under special circumstances, particularly in international nutrition. Substantively, the Field of Anthropology combines humanistic and social scientific approaches in innovative ethnographic research, emphasizing culture as a productive process and anthropologists as engaged in understanding and defending cultural diversity. Geographically, our greatest depth is in Asia (East, South and Southeast), but the Americas, Europe, and Oceania all also figure importantly.The Field of Anthropology has strong ties with all the geographic area programs, as well as faculty active in many other interdisciplinary programs, including joint appointments with Asian American Studies, Latino Studies and Women's Studies.

 

The graduate program in anthropology is highly individualized and interdisciplinary. Only three courses and a field research proposal are required; thus, the bulk of students' work in language, area studies, or other training is individually designed in consultation with the Special Committee. Individually tailored examinations occur after approximately the first year of course work (the Qualifying Exam), the second or third year (the Admission to Candidacy, or A Exam), and after completion of the thesis (the Defense or B Exam). Most graduate students in the Field of Anthropology complete one to two years of intensive field research. All doctoral candidates are also expected to teach at some point: most students first get experience as assistants in both introductory and mid-level courses; later, many design and teach courses of their own in the Knight Writing Program. A vigorous weekly colloquium series enriches the intellectual environment for both students and faculty.

The Field of Anthropology primarily admits candidates seeking a Ph.D. because of the lack of funding for, and employment with, only an M.A. With very rare exceptions, every student admitted to the Ph.D. program receives full funding to support all the expected years of on-campus study. In recent years, all our graduate students have received additional funding, either from Cornell or from major external sources such as NSF, Fulbright, SSRC, and Wenner-Gren to conduct both preliminary and dissertation field research. Most students complete the Ph.D. within seven years and most have gone on to find academic employment at major colleges and universities in the U.S. or abroad.

Application:
A committee, chaired by the director of graduate studies and consisting of two additional faculty members and a graduate student, evaluates all applications for admission and financial support. Applicants must submit GRE general test scores unless the director of graduate admissions waives the requirement. Applications should also include a writing sample such as a term paper, an honors thesis, or a research report. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January.

Adam Arcadi -- Concentrations: biological anthropology; Research interests: primate behavior; evolution of language; conservation and environmental anthropology; Uganda; United States
Caitlin Barrett -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; Research interests: classical archaeology; egyptology; archaeology of religion
Sherene Baugher -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; Research interests: North American and Mesoamerican archaeology; historical and North American prehistoric archaeology; urban archaeology; cultural landscapes
Jonathan Boyarin -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: Jewish ethnography, East European Jewish culture, migration, comparative diaspora, collective memory, politics of identity, textuality and orality, temporalities
Jane Fajans -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: social and cultural anthropology; ritual and symbolic forms; socialization and life cycle; gender studies (Oceania)
Magnus Fiskesjo -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: China; East and Southeast Asia; historical and political anthropology; autonomy and dependence; ethnicity and ethnonymy; cultural heritage
Chris Garces -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: political anthropology and religion; Catholic humanitarianism; race, charity, sovereignty; continental theory and colonialism; the Andes, Latin America, United States
Frederic Gleach -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: historical anthropology; history of anthropology; material visual culture; museum studies; tourism; warfare; religion; native North America; Puerto Rico; Cuba
Davydd Greenwood -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: action research; industrial democracy; program evaluation; political economy, universities as work organizations; Spain (Basque Country, La Mancha)
Jere Haas -- Concentrations: biological anthropology; Research interests: biological (physical) and biocultural anthropology
John Henderson -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; Research interests: archaeology; ethnohistory; evolution and complex societies; settlement and household archaeology; Mesoamerica
Saida Hodzic -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: medical and legal anthropology; gender and sexuality; human rights, violence, development, and citizenship; science and global health; postcolonial and critical theory
Vivo profile David Holmberg -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: culture and meaning; comparative religion; social organization; South Asian studies; women's studies
Kurt Jordan -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; Research interests: archaeological anthropology; archaeology of indigenous peoples; colonialism and culture
Lori Khatchadourian -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; Research interests: archaeological theory; eastern Mediterranean in antiquity; Achaemenid Persian empire; archaeology of Eurasia and the South Caucasus
Oneka LaBennett (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: Research interests: Race and gender, migration, transnationalism and globalization, youth culture and consumption, urban anthropology, the anthropology of space and place; African Diaspora, Caribbean and U.S.
Stacey Langwick -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: anthropology of medicine; healing and the body; postcolonial science studies; African ethnography; anthropology of knowledge; politics of materiality; culture and feminist theory
Sturt Manning -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; Research interests:
Kathryn March -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: culture and meaning; expressive culture; social organization; South Asian studies; women's studies
Hirokazu Miyazaki -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: anthropology of knowledge; hope; utopia; culture of capitalism; social studies of finance; exchange; religious language; colonialism; law; material culture; Fiji; Japan
Viranjini Munasinghe -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: ethnicity; nationalism; South Asian diaspora; Caribbean; Asian American studies
Paul Nadasdy -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: aboriginal people and the state; arctic/sub-arctic studies; hunter-gatherer studies; anthropology of science and knowledge; politics of wildlife management; environmental/ecological anthropology
David Pelletier -- Concentrations: biological anthropology; Research interests: food, nutrition, and health; development, application, and evaluation of participation approaches for policy analysis and planning
Rachel Prentice -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests:
Lucinda Ramberg -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests:
Lucinda Ramberg -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: culture; medicine and the body; realigion and secularism; gender, sexuality, and kinship; feminist, queer and post colonial theory; south Asia
Annelise Riles -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: institutional knowledge practices; legal elitists; non-governmental epistemological issues in anthropology and the anthropology of epistemology; aesthetics; relationship between theory and ethnography; ethnography of formalism and pragmatism; anthropology of finance; property regimes; Fiji; Japan; U.S.A.
Nerissa Russell -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: European and Near Eastern prehistory; Neolithic zooarchaeology and bone tools; inequality; human-animal relationships; social and symbolic roles of animals and meat
P. Steven Sangren -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: Chinese studies; demography; economic anthropology; comparative religion; ideology and social production
Vilma Santiago-Irizarry -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: institutional culture; legal, applied, and urban anthropology; dance/movement; Latino studies; bilingualism and language ideology
Meredith Small -- Concentrations: biological anthropology; Research interests: biological anthropology; primate behavior and ecology; human evolution; human variation; gender
Adam Smith -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; Research interests: archaeology; political anthropology; Eurasia, and the Near East and the caucasus; archaeological and political theory; early complex politics; authority and sovereignty
Sofia Villenas -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: anthropology of education; multiculturalism; critical race studies; language; school equity; community; ethnic studies; feminist cultural studies
Thomas Volman -- Concentrations: archaeological anthropology; Research interests: stone age archaeology; quantitative methods; Old World, especially Africa
Marina Welker -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: corporations and capitalism; international development; global networks; nongovernmental organizations; political economy; social theory; business history in the United States and Southeast Asia (insular and mainland, especially Indonesia, Burma, Thailand)
Andrew Willford -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: sociocultural anthropology; political economy; ethnicity; nationalism; transnationalism; symbolism; religious revivalism; Hinduism; Malaysia; India; U.S.A.
Sera Young (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: Research interests: maternal and child health; ethnography; HIV; anemia; non-food cravings; infant and young child feeding; food insecurity; sub-saharan Africa

Graduate School Professors (emeritus)

Robert Ascher -- Concentrations: Research interests: anthropology
Bernd Lambert -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests:
Gretel Pelto -- Concentrations: Research interests: nutritional anthropology, including infant and young child growth and development; medical anthropology, especially infectious disease; Mexico
James Siegel -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: Southeast Asian studies; policical anthropology; cultural studies
Terence Turner -- Concentrations: socio-cultural anthropology; Research interests: social anthropology; political anthropology; symbolic forms; South America

Program Goals for Anthropology Ph.D. Program

  • Make an original, substantial, and publishable contribution to Anthropology
    • Identify and pursue new research opportunities within one's field
    • Think originally and independently to develop concepts and methods
  • Demonstrate advanced Anthropological research skills
    • Create new knowledge through the generation, analysis, and synthesis of primary and secondary source materials

    • Identify and access appropriate sources of relevant information

    • Critically analyze and evaluate one's own findings and those of others

    • Master application of relevant research methods, technical skills, and languages

  • Demonstrate commitment to advancing Anthropological scholarship

    • Show understanding of the history of Anthropology and the development of current theoretical debates 

    • Keep abreast of current advances within one's field and related areas

    • Show commitment to professional development through engagement in professional societies, publication, applied, and/or outreach activities

    • Teach effectively by presenting and disseminating knowledge in the field to students, professionals, and members of the public

  • Demonstrate professional skills

    • Adhere to ethical standards of the discipline for using sources, artifacts, and remains; interacting with human subjects; and working with colleagues

    • Write and speak effectively to professional and lay audiences about issues in the field

    • Actively compete for major intramural and extramural research grants