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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.

2019 events and news


Ph.D. Thesis Proposal Defense

Southeast Alaska as a Proving Ground for the Coastal Migration Theory: Testing Terminal Pleistocene Coastal Landforms and the Early Holocene Archaeological Record

Nick Schmuck

3-5 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Bunnell 302


M.A. Thesis Defense

Indigenous Archaeological Approaches to Artifact and Household Analysis at a Precolonial Yup'ik Village Temyiq Tuyuryaq (Old Togiak)

Dougless Skinner

1 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019,
Bunnell 302


Anthropology Colloquium

Caribou Hunting at 45° North Latitude: Underwater Archaeology, Virtual Worlds, and Potential Implications for Alaskan Research

Dr. John O'Shea
Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan

2-4 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Bunnell 302


Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

Salmon, Cosmology, and Identity in Elim, Alaska

Julie Raymond-Yakoubian

9 a.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Bunnell 235
UAF Northwwest Campus, Nome, Brown Bldg., Room 101


World Anthropology Day at the UAF Department of Anthropology

2-4 p.m. February 22, 2019
Bunnell 302
Free event!

Invited Speaker
It's Complicated: Diplomacy and Cultural Anthropology

Sara Harriger
3-4 p.m.

Food and giveaways
2-3 p.m.


M.A. Thesis Defense

Toolstone Procurement and Land Use in the Tangle Lakes Region, Central Alaska 

Brooks Ann Lawler

3 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2019
Bunnell 302


Lunch Talk

Rethinking energy security and three energy pathways in Tajikistan

Dr. Murodbek Laldjebaev

12-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019
BP Design Theater, 4th floor of ELIF / Engineering Building
Hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the Alaska Center for Energy and Power


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