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Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology

      Anthropology (literally the study of humans) is an extremely broad and diverse field concerned with every aspect of the human condition: past present and future. Students studying Anthropology at the University of Tennessee learn of this breadth and diversity by taking courses in Cultural, Biological and Archaeological Anthropology. Research conducted by the faculty and graduate students of the Department is as wide-ranging (both topically and geographically) as the field itself.
      Our research is supported by major funding agencies, is presented at scholarly conferences and published in the most highly-respected journals and academic presses. We share our knowledge with the public by our academic outreach efforts which include lectures to school and civic groups. Our professional expertise is constantly in demand. Our faculty maintain on-going collaborations with law enforcement, local, state, national and international agencies, private industry and non-governmental organizations.
      Please explore our site to learn more about Anthropology at the University of Tennessee.

Applying for graduate studies in anthropology for the Fall 2016 semester? Click here for instructions. Please submit your complete application to the department by midnight, December 1st, 2015.

So you want to be an anthropologist? Please see our new "Prospective Students" section.

Department of Anthropology Newsletter – Fall 2013.
Click here to view previous editions of the Department of Anthropology Newsletter.


Anthropology News & Newsmakers

  • See what the DDHR community accomplished during the 2014-2015 academic year and what we have planned for the coming year! Click to download the 2015 DDHR Newsletter.
  • As the DDHR program finishes its first official year, Dr. Tricia Hepner, DDHR Director shares this past year's successes and future goals for the program in the DDHR End of Year Report, 2013-2014.
  • Charles H. Faulkner, Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Humanities, published his new book Massacre at Cavett's Station: Frontier Tennessee during the Cherokee Wars.

  • Doctoral candidate Christina Fojas received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation in support of her project “Modeling Prehistoric Health in Middle Tennessee: Mississippian Populations on the Threshold of Depopulation” (October 2013).

  • Doctoral candidate Jaymelee Kim and doctoral student Amanda Reinke were published in the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News. Their article,“The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts,” highlights UT’s Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights program (April 2013).

  • Doctoral candidate Jaymelee Kim received a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (April, July 2013).

  • Assistant Professor Bertin M. Louis, Jr. was named a 2012 Leadership Fellow by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and received the AAA Leadership Mentoring Award (May 2012).

  • Doctoral Student Thad Bissett and his graduate advisor Professor David Anderson have been awarded a highly-competitive and prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation in support of Thad’s Ph.D. research project titled “Investigating the origins of the Shell Mound Archaic: Occupational histories and interaction among shell-bearing sites in western Tennessee.” (December 2011).

  • Professors Jan Simek and Dawnie Steadman have been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This very prestigious honor recognizes AAAS members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” (September 2013 and November 2011, respectively).

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    Click here to view Quest Scholars-of-the-week

    Anthropology faculty research featured in Quest, UTK’s research, scholarship and creative activity magazine:

  • Dr. Gregory Button: “Analyzing Uncertainty" (17 February 2010)
  • Dr. Graciela Cabana: Ancient DNA Speaks Today" (5 May 2009)
  • Dr. Andrew Kramer:Teaching the ‘E’ Word" (5 May 2009)

    ITC Spotlight on Innovative Faculty:
  • Dr. De Ann Pendry (December 2009) 

Events Calendar

Events Calendar

  • Click here to read more about Dr. Mundorff's mass grave project at the Anthropology Research Facility.

  • Open House for prospective students to be held on Monday, October 19th, 2015 from noon until 5:00. Registration is mandatory. Deadline for registering for the Open House is 5:00 PM Friday, October 16. Please email and provide name, number of guests attending with you and degree you are interested in pursuing. 

Through Study and Service Abroad (in Uganda) Keep Smiling!

  • The 2014 UT Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program (GSSAP) team at the local art centre known as TAKS (Through Art Keep Smiling). Smiling from left to right (rear) are Omar King, Jordan Bakke, Paige Parker, Dr. Tricia Hepner, Jake Schindler; (middle, right to left) Esther Choo, Winnie Lawoko-Olwe, Dennis Ongora, Tracy Hicks, Olivia Bradley, Dr. Rosalind I. J. Hackett; (front, left to right) Annie Epley, Colleen Ryan, Kirsten Fox, Austyn Grooms; (front) Emmy Wokorach.

    Established in 2011, the five-week GSSAP program in northern Uganda offers UT students the opportunity to engage in both international service-learning and intensive study of conflict and peace building. It combines rigorous academic reflection with internship experience among local organizations, allowing students to put knowledge in context as they work with individuals and groups who are promoting peace and development in this war-affected region.

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Contact Information

250 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-4408
Fax: 865-974-2686