Welcome to Cornell Anthropology
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.
Staff & Contacts
- Adam T. Smith, Department Chairperson
- Stacey Langwick, Director of Graduate Studies
- Nerissa Russell, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Bruce Roebal, Administrative Manager/Personnel and Budget Manager
263 McGraw Hall; 607-255-3505
- Donna S. Duncan, Graduate Field Coordinator Fields of Anthropology, Archaeology
266 McGraw Hall; 607-255-6768
- Liz Kirk, Communications, Grant Funding, and Events Coordinator
261 McGraw Hall; 607-255-6479
- Margaret Rolfe, Undergraduate Coordinator Fields of Anthropology, Archaeology
261 McGraw Hall; 607-255-5137
- Dec 03 ICM Fall 2015 New Conversations Series: "Against Sovereign Violence: Feminist Activism and Law in Ghana" at Toboggan Lodge
- Feb 19 Anthropology Colloquium: Barbara Mills at McGraw Hall
- Mar 04 Anthropology Colloquium: Nadia Abu El-Haj at McGraw Hall
Message from Department Chair Adam T. Smith
Terence Turner, Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Cornell and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, passed away on November 7. Terry was a truly eminent anthropologist and one of the most insightful thinkers of his generation. Known best for his ethnographic and activist work with the Kayapo communities of central Brazil, Terry’s contributions to anthropology were breathtaking in their scope and inspiring in the new vistas that they opened for critical analysis. His work addressed topics from social organization and kinship, to myth, ritual, and history, from the construction of personhood to the ontology and epistemology of representation, from political organization and mobilization, to values, and inter-ethnicrelations. Few anthropologists have had more impact on more domains of our discipline than Terry Turner.
This December, Instituto Raoni, a Kayapo community organization with which Terry worked, is to be awarded the Equator Prize in recognition of their outstanding efforts to fight deforestation of the Amazon and its impact on indigenous communities in the rainforest. Their efforts in this fight are one of Terry’s most powerful legacies.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends,colleagues, and collaborators in Ithaca, Brazil and around the globe.
Davydd J. Greenwood
Davydd Greenwood carefully examines the relationships between workers of economic gain and the institutional and cultural aspects of human behaviour in a Spanish Basque town where the farmers changed their subsistence farms into highly profitable commercial enterprises in response to demand created by tourism and industrialisation.