ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Anthropology is known for its holistic approach to human questions, bridging the humanities and the social and natural sciences through its four fields of culture and society, human and non-human primate evolution, archaeology and linguistics. Anthropologists are committed to in-person research, whether engaging with other people through direct experience and interaction where they live, analyzing the fossil record and other physical evidence of evolution, assessing the legacies of past societies, or working among non-human primates in the wild. The Department of Anthropology at Hunter College embraces this holistic tradition, and pursues cutting-edge research and critical teaching linking social justice to ecology and human adaptations.
Our faculty are leading scholars with expertise in primate evolution and ecology, social behavior and care (among other primates and in human kinship), conservation biology, paleontology, medical anthropology, human rights, class and global economic differentiation, cultural practices from music to technology, and the politics and lived experience of race, gender and sexuality. Our biological anthropology faculty maintain world-class research laboratories in genetics, endocrinology, molecular evolution, and nutrition, while our cultural anthropology, linguistics and archaeology faculty have active research projects on global health, climate change, land and indigenous rights, displacement and migration, diaspora cultures and music, race and inequality, nationalism and religion, and energy and the environment.
Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, the Department of Anthropology works to affirm the dignity of Black lives and oppose anti-Black racism and other forms of discrimination.