Anthropology fosters the study of our human species in all of its diversity through space and time: from our prehuman ancestors to contemporary global culture. No other field offers such a comprehensive approach to what it means to be human.
We have faculty conducting cutting-edge research in all four sub-fields of anthropology: biological anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics.
Although anthropology numbers among the social sciences, students can gain an even broader training that spans the liberal arts, from natural science to religion and folklore. Anthropology's holistic orientation prepares students for a wide range of academic and career pursuits.
Anthropology students will have the opportunity to study past and present cultures in areas including Mesoamerica and North America through research programs with anthropology faculty and student fieldwork in summer archaeological field schools in the Northeast. You can also study the interactions between local societies and the global economy, the evolution of past societies, and the relationship of human health to the environment.
Hearst Foundations has granted the University at Albany $1 million to expand the fellowship program of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. With the grant, the center will be able to recruit five new fellows, according to a news release sent out Tuesday. Established in 2016 with funding from the National Institute of Minority Health disparities, the fellowship program brings in scholars from underrepresented, marginalized communities — many of whom have first-hand experience with the disparities the program studies.
Albany Times Union - June 16, 2020 - Black Americans in upstate New York are suffering more from COVID-19 than those in New York City. The health disparities in the pandemic reflect past and ongoing disparities in the health of the state’s population. While New York City is the state’s epicenter of the pandemic and much attention has been paid to the far higher rates among African-Americans in the city, the upstate situation is worse, according to state Department of Health statistics.
Jennifer Burrell of Anthropology and two collaborators will conduct one of the first empirical studies on how geospatial technologies are being used around the world in criminal and human rights judicial investigations, thanks to a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.
Burrell, working with co-PIs Kamari Maxine Clarke of UCLA and Sara Kendall of Kent University Law School in the United Kingdom, will receive $299,999 over three years from the NSF’s Cultural Anthropology and Law and Science programs for the project “Geospatial Technologies, Justice and Evidentiary Procedure.” The highly competitive award provides support for multi-sited research on three continents.