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Welcome to Cornell Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at Cornell offers courses of Undergraduate and Graduate studies in Sociocultural and Biological Anthropology and Archaeology.

Sociocultural anthropology considers the social and cultural circumstances of all cultures, from dominant societies to marginalized groups. Archaeology recovers and interprets material traces of past societies and provides historical perspective on recent cultures. Biological anthropology clarifies aspects of the physical diversity of the human species, explores the human fossil record, and studies closely related primate species in comparison to humans.


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Please support Cornell for Nepal

We were saddened to learn about the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.  Anthropology Department Professors Kathryn March and David Holmberg have traveled to Nepal many times as part of the Cornell Nepal Study Program (CNSP).  "It is incredible to me that we were just in Mhanegang a few weeks ago.  The Cornell Nepal Study Program students and faculty were with us there a few weeks before that.  We sang and danced well into the night.  The CNSP students showed everyone the macarena and square dancing; the Mhanegang villages taught the CNSP students Tamang line and circle dancing.  There were newborn goats and fried doughnuts." Professor March said when she learned that all of the houses in Mhanegang were destroyed by the earthquakes.  

We hope you will consider donating to Cornell for Nepal and any other organizations supporting relief and rebuilding in Nepal.

Cornell for Nepal can be found here.

Faculty Books

Fajans Brazilian Food

Brazilian Food: Race, Class and Identity in Regional Cuisines
Jane Fajans

Brazil is a nation of vast expanses and enormous variation from geography and climate to cultures and languages. Within these boundaries are definable regions in which certain customs, history, and shared views help define an identity and cohesion. In many cases, the pattern of settlement and immigration has influenced the culinary culture of Brazil. This book explores the role that food and cuisine play in the construction of identity on both the regional and national levels in Brazil through key case examples. It explores the way in which food has become an important element in attracting tourists to a region as well as a way of making aspects of a culture known beyond its borders as cookbooks, ingredients and restaurants move outward in our globalized world.