Team up with faculty on groundbreaking anthropological research.
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.
We have a traditional focus on the circumpolar North. Recent departmental growth has resulted in a new thematic focus on language, culture, and evolution.
The graduate program offers students the opportunity to concentrate study in one of the four sub-fields, to gain research experience and training in the field and in the laboratory, and emphasizes empirical and applied studies.
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Friday January 22, 2021 3pm Alaska Time (Zoom)
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Presented by an artist who collaborates with culturally diverse communities and multidisciplinary teams, this talk shares a framework for doing artist-led ethnography. At the core of this approach is working collaboratively toward an art show on a topic that speaks to a local lived experience, has a materially expressed dimension, and is of mutual interest to the researchers and community members. While providing a prolific mode for ethnographic engagement, a jointly conceived art co-production fuels a certain form of agency. This agency enhances the critically minded involvement by the participants, generating broadly illuminating and critical ethnographic insight on the role of everyday aesthetics in social-cultural practices.
December 21, 2020 11am to 1pm Alaska Time
Lynn Walker PhD Prospectus Defense, Thursday, December 10, 10:00am, via Zoom
Francois Lanoe and Maria Neives Zedeno
University of Arizona
Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 03:00 PM Alaska, via Zoom
Ellen Carrlee PhD Dissertation Defense, Friday, October 23, 9:00am, via Zoom
Gerad Smith PhD Dissertation Defense, Friday, September 25, 3:30pm, via Zoom
The Water and Environmental Research Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks has two funded PhD positions (both include tuition, stipend, and insurance for 3 years) in isogeochemistry and paleoecology. Our research team seeks students who are interested in interdisciplinary, convergence research in marine science and ecology, archaeology, fisheries, and iso- and bio-geochemistry.
Both positions will research isotope ecology of historic and archaeological bone of sea mammals and fish. Students can be housed in a department of their choice, including Anthropology. Ideally students would be enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer or Fall 2021. Students must have a Master’s degree in hand at the time of enrollment.
For more detail on the two PhD positions, please see the full announcement. If you are interested in applying to be a part of the research project, please contact Nicole Misarti (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about the projects and discuss possible departmental affiliations as soon as possible.
Eduard Zdor PhD Dissertation Prospectus Defense, Thursday, May 7, 10am, via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 910 6777 6112
On behalf of the UAF Student Anthropology Society, Kevin Huo and Dillon McIntire are inviting everyone interested in connecting to join a Zoom meeting on Saturday, April 18 at 11AM AK Time. This will be a chance to catch up, take turns playing anthropologically resourceful music videos for each other, and reflect on fieldwork and research in the time of pandemic.April 18, 2020
Join Zoom Meeting Apr 18, 2020 11:00 AM Alaska: https://alaska.zoom.us/j/793299802
Meeting ID: 793 299 802
Stories from the People of the LandLeslie McCartney Anthropology Colloquium
Anthropology Colloquium Series
April 17, 2020, 3 pm, via Zoom
Firday, March 6, 5:30-7:30pm, UAF Murie Auditorium
February 7, 2020Sveta Yamin-Pasternak PhD Colloquium
January 31, 2020Kevin M. Sippel MA Thesis Defense, Friday, Jan. 31, 3pm, Bunnell 402Kevin M. Sippel MA Defense
January 24, 2020Len Kamerling - Anthropology Colloquium Series, Friday, Jan. 24, 3pm, Bunnell 402Len Kamerling Anthropology Colloquium