Using a wide range of leading-edge tools and approaches from anthropology and allied social and life sciences, our research is highly problem-driven, addressing the global challenges facing our species in the 21st century.

You will find our school’s faculty and students publishing in all the top scientific and humanistic outlets, producing important and impactful scholarship that is not only advancing basic knowledge but also committing to sharing it widely and for the greatest public good.

Human Origins, Evolution and Diversity
Many of our faculty study of the origins and development of the human species in a long time scale, and we are recognized as a leading authority in the U.S. and internationally in research this area. (more)
Societies and Their Natural Environments
Research on the role of humans in causing and dealing with wide-ranging environmental crises such as climate change, water insecurity, and loss of bio-diversity are a key concern of many in our... (more)
Biocultural Dimensions of Global Health
We are leveraging understandings of human culture, societies, history, ecology, and evolution to address complex contemporary health challenges that are resistant to standard public health approaches. (more)
Culture, Heritage and Identity
Many faculty promote new perspectives on how identities are developed and perceived and examination of the role identity and interpretation issues play in global, regional and local conflict and... (more)
Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions
Faculty share a focus on enhancing understanding of cultural interactions and regional values in relation to globalization, political dynamics, migration, global communications and markets. (more)
Urban Societies
Given our location, we have a real strength in urban-focused research, such as questions of how cities evolve, how we can ensure their sustainability, and how we can deal with their special problems. (more)