Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at UAB
Anthropology is a social science discipline committed to the comparative and holistic study of humankind. It is the broadest in scope and the most methodologically diverse of the social sciences. No human group or culture, no matter where or when it existed, is beyond anthropological consideration. We are interested in both the past and the present. Our faculty study all aspects of human culture and evolution from a variety of perspectives and methodologies.
The Anthropology Department’s goal is to promote understanding of human diversity and cultures in the past and present. The four subfields of anthropology include archaeology, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology. We teach, train, and conduct research across the four subfields and in collaboration with many students and research colleagues in a range of disciplines. We aim to spread an understanding of cultural relativism (a respect for and tolerance of cultural difference) broadly, to the community and to our students.
Careers in Anthropology
On March 26, 2013 at 7 pm the UAB Department of Anthropology presents The House I Live In (2012) sponsored by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities. Award winning director Eugene Jarecki will hold the screening and presentation at the Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th Street South, Birmingham, 35233. This event is free and open to the public. The House I Live In provides a sobering look at America's war on drugs. It examines America's longest war as it driven by political and economic corruption, and how it affects our country's minority and poorer populations.
The application deadline for the National Science Foundation REU in Fiji program is now closed. This summer field school (2013-2015) provides full funding for undergraduates to gain hands on anthropological experience.
Please click here to download information on the program.
Check out our recent and past outreach activities at the Aldridge Botanical Gardens....
We are excited to announce a New Minor in Peace, Justice, and Ecology ! Formerly this was the Environmental Studies Minor. Our recent trip to India provided experential learning opportunities for UAB students.
Directors: Loretta Cormier and Sharyn Jones (Anthropology)
The Peace, Justice, and Ecology minor, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking a broad learning experience in human-ecological interactions, bio-cultural diversity, and strategies to foster social justice, peace, and environmental sustainability from a holistic perspective. The peace, justice, and environmental studies minor offers students the opportunity to examine themes of ecological adaptation and sustainability as well as environmental health and human rights in local, cross-cultural, and global contexts, and to apply scientific, philosophical, and ethical reasoning to real-world problems.
By Carpeton Gillett
UAB anthropologist Chris Kyle, Ph.D., has been visiting the Mexican city of Chilapa for two decades as part of his research. In recent years, murders and other drug-related violence have ravaged once-sleepy Chilapa and the surrounding cities in the state of Guerrero (shown below, with Chilapa at center right). Newspapers and TV stations in Mexico have been intimidated into underreporting drug-related violence, Kyle says, but with the help of blogs and other online sources, he has begun to track the incidents year by year. Below, maps Kyle has produced for the years 2008 and 2009.
UAB anthropologist Chris Kyle has created maps showing the locations of violent outbreaks and casualties. Click on the image above for larger versions.
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Blood Meridian: Tracing Malaria’s Epic War with Humanity
By Matt Windsor
Lori Cormier knew she had to hurry. The young anthropologist had already seen several life-threatening malaria infections during her time among the Guaja hunter-gatherers of the Brazilian Amazon. Seizures were not a good sign.
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