The Department of Anthropology was founded in 1935 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska. The first undergraduate degrees in Anthropology were given in 1959, the first MA degrees in 1968 and the first PhD degrees in 1988. We are the only anthropology program in the United States that maintains a holistic approach to circumpolar studies, providing instruction and research in all aspects of anthropology.
 
 
News and Events

Plenary Lecture at CANQUA/AMQUA

Dr. Ben Potter
August 8, 2018

Will deliver a plenary lecture to the joint meetings of the
Canadian Quaternary Association  and the American Quaternary Association
in Ottawa

Ancient Beringians and the colonization of northeast Asia and the Americas

 

Congratulations! 
Anthropology Student Awards
UAF Research and Creative Activity Day

2018

- Anthropology student Colleen Mertes, mentored by Robin Shoaps, received a Dean's Choice Award for her poster Challenging male dominance and asserting female sexual agency through rugby songs (and Best Undergraduate Paper at the Linguistics Student Conference).

- Fionna Fadum, Kevin Huo and Jason Kells, mentored by Elaine Drew, received a Dean's Choice Award for their poster Health and Wellness for UAF Students Living on Campus:  Resources, Gaps, and Recommendations.

-Rural Development Student Maria Panozo, mentored by Sveta Yamin-Pasternak, received a Dean's Choice Award for the project Indigenous Land Claims in Bolivia.

- Students Kayli Apatiki, Christina Edwin, Kellie Lynch, Grace Ongtowasruk, and Maria Panozo presented the project Aging with Change: Food Arts in the Bering Strait on which they worked through an URSA Mentoring Award with faculty mentors Igor Pasternak and Sveta Yamin-Pasternak.
 
...and in Washington, D.C.
- Anthropology student Jessica Obermiller (mentored by Sveta Yamin-Pasternak and Robin Shoaps) presented her most recent findings on the Headscarf Project, selected by the US Council for Undergraduate Research to be featured at their conference on Capitol Hill April 17-18.

 

Anthropology Colloquium
Friday, April 20th, 3-5 pm

TRACKING THE BIRNIRK-THULE TRANSITION –
NEW INSIGHTS FROM THE CAPE ESPENBERG BIRNIRK PROJECT

Dr. Claire Alix
Alaska Quaternary Center, UAF
Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris
Bunnell 302


 

Anthropology Colloquium
Friday, April 6th, 3-5 pm

Understanding the Success and Spread of Modern Humans
After 50,000 Years Ago:
Perspectives From the Southern Levant
 

Dr. Jamie Clark
Department of Anthropology, UAF
Bunnell 302

 

Anthropology Colloquium
Friday, March 9th, 3 pm

The Effective and Ethical Application of
Local, Indigenous, and Traditional Knowledge
in Academic Research
 

Michael Koskey
Chair, Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, Indigenous Studies PhD Program, UAF
Bunnell 302

 

Aging with Change : Food Arts in the Bering Strait
an installation in the UAF Fine Arts Gallery
by

Igor Pasternak and Sveta Yamin-Pasternak
March 1-8
in conjunction with the Festival of Native Arts

An interactive installation on food arts,
with the tastiest interactions featured during the nights of the Festival of Native Arts.

 

Anthropology Colloquium
on
Anthropology Day

Flow and Grind: 
Conformity and Resistance among Skateboarders in Switzerland

Dr. Ellen Hertz
Institut d'Ethnologie, Université de Neuchâtel
Friday, February 16th
3 to 5 pm
Bunnell 302

Anthropology Day refreshments and giveaways begin at 2:30

 

Anthropology Colloquium

TRACING THE ORIGINS OF EARLY NONFLUTED LITHIC PROJECTILE POINT TECHNOLOGIES
IN NORTHWESTERN NORTH AMERICA:
FROM COOPER’S FERRY TO BEYOND

Dr. Loren G. Davis
Oregon State University, Department of Anthropology
Thursday, February 8th
12 - 1 pm
Bunnell 302

 

Anthropology Panel Forum

Film and Visual Media:
an Anthropological Perspective

Featured faculty speakers:
Elaine Drew, Anthropology
Len Kamerling, English
Maya Salganek, UAF Theatre & Film
Robin Shoaps, Anthropology

Friday, February 9th
2:30-4:30 pm
Bunnell 402


 

Dissertation Defense
Reindeer, Dogs, and Horses In the Siberian Taiga
Tayana Arakchaa
Monday, January 29, 2018

9:00 am
Bunnell 402

Anthropology Colloquium

Friday, December 1, 3:00 pm

Dr. Yu Hirasawa
Post-doctoral Fellow, Center for Ainu and Indigenous Studies
Hokkaido University
A Brief Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology of Hokkaido:
the Northernmost Islands of the Japanese Archipelago

Anthropology Department Panel Forum

Strategies for Effective Publication and Grant Writing: A Panel Discussion with UAF Anthropology Faculty
FRIDAY
NOVEMBER 10TH, 2017 3:00 PM
BUNNELL ROOM 302
Panel Discussants:  Brian Hemphill, David Koester, Ben Potter, Sveta Yamin-Pasternak

 

Dissertation Prospectus Defense - Ellen Carrlee, "The Meaning and Materiality of Gutskin in Yup'ik Relationships"
Tuesday, October 3, 9:00 am
Bunnell 302

 

Anthropology Colloquium - Professor Knud Michelsen, Tuesday, September 5, 1-2 pm (click for more information)

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