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Cultural Anthropology

Despite urbanization, the residents of the Bahian Reconcavo (including the cities of Cachoeira, Sao, Felix, Santo Amaro and others) are strongly connected to traditional life ways, which can be seen in forms of work and recreation. Cachoeira, Bahia, Brazil.

Cultural anthropologists at the University of Florida conduct research in Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Asia.  Their research interests include the following:

  • African diaspora
  • aging
  • applied anthropology
  • development
  • anthropological ecology
  • economic anthropology
  • ethnicity
  • ethnography
  • feminism
  • globalization
  • international migration
  • transnationalism
  • history of anthropology
  • human rights
  • kinship
  • anthropological linguistics
  • literacy
  • medical anthropology
  • political anthropology
  • public health
  • race and racism
  • research methods
  • theory
  • visual anthropology
  • women/gender studies


The Department of Anthropology offers many stimulating courses in ethnographic technique, gender anthropology, linguistics, visual anthropology, and diaspora studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Students interested in applying for graduate study are strongly encouraged to contact the anthropologist(s) they would like to work with.

Important Synergies and Resources

Cultural anthropology students benefit from collaborative research between the Department and the University of Florida’s interdisciplinary centers and thematic clusters, including:

Demonstrators in the Peruvian Amazon (Photo courtesy of Danny Pinedo)

In addition, the Department of Anthropology’s graduate courses and research benefit from a collaborative relationship with University of Florida sociometrics, most notably the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR), directed by Dr. Chris McCarty, who holds a doctorate in anthropology. The monthly Consumer Sentiment Index is a valuable resource for anthropologists and sociologists working in economic and political anthropology and in ethnic studies.

Photo Credits: Header Photo Courtesy of Corey Souza; Important Synergies Photo Courtesy of Danny Pinedo




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