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 2014 semester? Click here for instructions. Please submit your complete application to the department by midnight, December 1st, 2013.
So you want to be an anthropologist? Please see our new "Prospective Students" section.
Anthropology News & Newsmakers
- 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).
- Professor Dawnie Steadman, Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, has been elected as a Fellow 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.” (November 2011).
- UT dedicated the new William M. Bass Forensic Anthropology Building
Tuesday in a ceremony that celebrated the achievements of the
world-renowned forensic anthropologist
- Dr. Heath received the National Endowment for the Humanities Grant for the study of a former slave community in the Virginia Piedmont
- The McClung Museum’s temporary exhibition “Discovering American Indian Art,” curated by Professors Michael Logan and Gerald Schroedl received an Award of Excellence at the Tennessee Association of Museum’s 50th anniversary conference (convened in Nashville from March 29th- April 1st, 2010; www.TNmuseums.org).
Anthropology faculty research featured in Quest, UTK’s research, scholarship and creative activity magazine:
- Dr. Gregory Button: “Analyzing Uncertainty" (17 February 2010) http://quest.utk.edu/2010/analyzing-uncertainty/
- Dr. Graciela Cabana: “Ancient DNA Speaks Today" (5 May 2009) http://quest.utk.edu/2009/dna/
- Dr. Andrew Kramer: “Teaching the ‘E’ Word" (5 May 2009) http://quest.utk.edu/2009/e-word/
- Dr. David G. Anderson (3 August 2012) http://quest.utk.edu/2012/david-anderson/
- Dr. Michael Logan (9 January 2012) http://quest.utk.edu/2012/michael-logan/
- Dr. Rosalind Hackett & Tricia Redeker Hepner (16 September 2011) http://quest.utk.edu/2011/rosalind-hackett-and-tricia-hepner-2/
- Dr. Barbara J. Heath (20 August 2010) http://quest.utk.edu/2010/barbara-heath/
- Dr. Tricia Redeker Hepner (17 April 2009) http://quest.utk.edu/2009/tricia-redeker-hepner/
- Dr. Gregory Button (14 November 2008) http://quest.utk.edu/2008/gregory-v-button/
ITC Spotlight on Innovative Faculty:
- Dr. De Ann Pendry (December 2009) http://itc.utk.edu/spotlight/archive/menendez-pendry/default.shtml
- 2013 Archaeological Field School at Indian Camp Quarter, First Summer Session: Dr. Barbara Heath will offer a field school in historical archaeology at a plantation site in Powhatan County, Virginia.
- UTK in Costa Rica 2013, Second Summer Session: Dr. De Ann Pendry will offer courses in Anthropology, and Dr. Oscar Rivera-Rodas will offer courses in Latin American Literature. Basic Spanish courses also offered. Click here for flyer.
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