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Department of Anthropology

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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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Latest News

Bernd Lambert (December 28, 1932 - January 3, 2015)

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Bernd Lambert's passing.  Bernd was a professor in the Anthropology Department at Cornell from 1964-2003.  His focus was on social anthropology in Oceania and North America. Bernd was an incredibly caring and generous mentor and friend to generations of students.  He loved books, teaching, learning from others, and the San Francisco 49ers.  Bernd will be greatly missed.


Faculty Books

Riles - The Network Inside Out

The Network Inside Out
Annelise Riles

"Networks" and other artifacts of institutional life, such as documents, funding proposals, newsletters, and organizational charts, are such ubiquitous aspects of the information age that they go unnoticed to most observers of late modern society. In this new kind of work in the ethnography of legality, Annelise Riles takes a sophisticated theoretical approach to the aesthetics of such artifacts by analyzing the experiences of a group of Fijian bureaucrats and activists preparing for and participating in the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995.