Skip to content

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.

Register Now! Conference and Workshop: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Refugees, Displacement, and Resettlement

You are cordially invited to a very exciting event that will bring together faculty and students from across the university to connect with community agencies, professionals, and volunteers that work with refugees.

The 1-day event is titled “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Refugees, Displacement, and Resettlement: A UT Conference and Workshop” and will take place in the Haslam Business Building, UT Campus, on Friday, February 24th.

The day will begin at 9:00am with opening sessions, followed by round table panels with discussion facilitators in the morning, a 1-hour lunch break, and a variety of presentation panels in the afternoon.

Refreshments will be provided and lunch is available for purchase at the student food court.

Conference registration is free but we need your RSVP for planning purposes. Please follow the link and confirm your attendance by February 6th:

If you are interested in giving a 10-minute presentation, please register with a title and 100-200 word abstract.  Presentations may be formal or informal and address emerging / new projects or longer term projects.  We welcome presentations from community agencies, volunteers, professionals, researchers, and students.

Detailed programs and information will be sent out before the conference.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you!

Associate Professor Tricia Redeker Hepner (Anthropology), Associate Professor Hillary Fouts, and Assistant Professor Julia Jaekel (both from Child and Family Studies)


New Trucks for the FAC!

VOLstarter is UT’s online crowdfunding platform that allows donors to financially contribute towards specific UT projects conducted by UT students, faculty, and staff. The platform is an easy way for donors to give back to the university while seeing a direct impact of their contribution.

The FAC is in need of two new (or slightly used) vehicles to replace our aging trucks so that we can continue our research, training and service.The new vehicles will provide the FAC with a reliable means of transporting our staff and students to forensic crime scenes and to transport individuals who have donated their body to science.


Position Opening – Department Chair of the Department of Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, the flagship campus of University of Tennessee system, invites applicants for the position of department head with open sub disciplinary specialization. For more information please visit:

The Department of Anthropology will soon be moving to a new building, Sophronia Strong Hall. Please click on the links below to view some of the updates and progress as the building is being constructed.

January 2014 – Construction Begins on Strong Hall Renovation and Expansion

Current – Strong Hall Project Page (Includes slideshow of construction progress)

March 2016 – Dr. Jeffrey Moersch of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences piloted a drone around the continuing construction of the new Sephronia Strong Hall, see the video below or follow Dr. Moersch’s Vimeo page here:


The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.