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FALL 2021 Admissions Update

Monday, 5 October 2020

As with many departments in the humanities and social sciences at universities across the country, the Department of Anthropology at UVA has decided to suspend admission into our graduate programs this year.  We are doing this in order to focus our resources on addressing the academic and financial needs of our current students whose research has been disrupted by the pandemic.  We anticipate resuming our graduate admission process for the Fall 2022 entering cohort and look forward to talking with students in anticipation of that admissions cycle.  If you have any questions, please feel free to be in touch with China Scherz, our director of graduate studies, at anth-dgs@virginia.edu

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Interdisciplinary Archaeology major

Monday, 24 August 2020

Click on the link above for information about the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Major

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Anthropology Degree Conferral Ceremony University of Virginia May 2020

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Anthropology Degree Conferral Ceremony University of Virginia May 2020
May 16,2020 2:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Remembering Roy Wagner at the AAA in San Jose

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Remembering Roy Wagner at the AAA's in San Jose,
November 15, 2018 

Roy Wagner (1938-2018), Where Are You? (Habu) 
A Gathering of Friends to Reflect and Share
AAA San Jose Convention Center, Executive Ballroom 210 C,
Thursday, November 15, 6:30-8:15.

All whose work and thought have been touched by Roy Wagner are invited to come and offer their reflections in the wake of his recent passing.

  All details remain provisional and may have to change over the coming weeks.

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Controversial Old Brooks Hall Still Has Surprises for Modern Renovators

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

This summer, workers have been renovating and repairing parts of one of the oldest non-Jeffersonian buildings on the University of Virginia’s Grounds – a storied and controversial building once considered for demolition.

Crews working in Brooks Hall have been shoring up its tilting staircase and restoring a top-floor office that still contains a pulley wheel used to operate the multi-story lift system that carried natural history specimens – and coal – to the building’s three or four levels. While performing the work, they found evidence of a long-forgotten fire that damaged the structure.

Brooks Hall, which currently houses the Department of Anthropology, opened in 1878 as a natural history museum, according to anthropology professor Jeffrey Hantman, who is writing a book on the building’s history from his office there.

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Congratulations to Assistant Professor China Scherz

Friday, 14 April 2017

Anthropology Assistant Professor China Scherz has won the 2017 Cory Family Teaching Award in "Group A"  (Anthropology, Art, Classics, English, History, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, and Sociology) from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia. This award recognizes a junior faculty member "for excellence and innovation in teaching". Congratulations China!

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Kudos to Graduate Student Michael Wenzel

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Graduate student Michael Wenzel will be a Fellow of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) for the 2017-18 fellowship year, conducting research on his dissertation project “Language Ideologies & Egyptian Media”

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UVa anthropologist George Mentore gives anthropological perspective on the presidential inauguration.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Host Coy Barefoot talks with University of Virginia Anthropologist George Mentore about the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. They explore the way cultural narratives can both unite and divide Americans; how rituals turn individuals into people; how we create, bestow and talk about power; how rationality lost to irrationality in the recent election; and why racism in America is alive and well, especially among some of those who reject it the most.

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Linguist's 'big data' research supports waves of migration into the Americas

Monday, 20 February 2017

Anthropologist Mark Sicoli's 'big data' research supports multidirectional waves of migration into the Americas 

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Lise Dobrin featured in LSA's February Member Spotlight

Monday, 13 February 2017


LISE DOBRIN is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Program Director at the University of Virginia. She conducts linguistic, ethnographic, and historical research on Arapesh languages and cultures in Papua New Guinea. She has a special interest in the cultural aspects of language preservation, including how and why communities shift their allegiance from their local vernaculars to languages of wider communication; the technical and ethical dimensions of language documentation, description, and archiving; and the epistemologies and politics of linguistic research.

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The Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia affirms its support for the values of cultural diversity, religious freedom, and free speech

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

 Read UVa President Teresa Sullivan’s message to the University community, here. UVA Today

Click here for the Advocacy Page of the American Anthropological Association

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Digging For History

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A mountaintop archaelogical excauvation at the World Heritage Site is bringing students face to face with the past. 

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Passing of Edie Turner

Monday, 20 June 2016

We are saddened to announce that our cherished colleague, Edith L.B. Turner, passed away on the morning of Saturday June 18, 2016, after a loving celebration of her 95th birthday. An obituary written by Edie's son Bob can be found at

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2016 Ph.D. Graduate Julie Starr wins Edgar F. Shannon Award

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

"The Edgar F. Shannon Award recognizes the best graduating student from the School of Arts and Sciences.  This is a great honor for Julie and for the Anthropology department. The Edgar F. Shannon Awards are conferred by the Z Society, and are named for the fourth president of the University.   Julie is returning to Hamilton college where she is starting her new tenure track job this fall."

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Kudos to Michael Wairungu (Ph.D. 2014)

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Congratulations to Michael Wairungu (Ph.D. 2014), who has just been hired as Assistant Professor of Instruction in the African Studies Program at Northwestern University!

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Kudos to Alex King (PhD 2000)

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

 Alex King (Phd 2000) has taken a visiting assistant professorship at Franklin and Marshall College for 2016-17.
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