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Department Statement on Anti-Racism

Ongoing acts of state and state-sponsored violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are steeped in centuries of racism, white supremacy, and racial capitalism. Anthropology is an academic discipline that has historically authorized and perpetrated colonial harms. For far too long now, anthropologists have remained complicit in our current system of violence by staying passive within the received and accepted norms of our discipline. 

From this moment forward, the University of Tennessee’s Department of Anthropology will actively work to redress harms among ourselves and in the world at large. As a community of predominantly White scholars, we have the privilege to help dismantle and rebuild this system. Therefore, the Department of Anthropology unequivocally commits to actively building a welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and equitable space for BIPOC communities. Continue reading

Introducing the Department of Anthropology

The College of Arts and Sciences is the gateway to knowledge for every undergraduate student at UT. We are the largest, most diverse college and a central driver of the university’s academic accomplishments. Our First Year Seminar video series showcases the breadth and depth of our academic units. The Department of Anthropology is one of our more than 30 departments, schools, or programs that span the disciplines of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and the visual and performing arts.

In this short video, Drs. Kandace Hollenbach and Raja Swamy introduce the Department of Anthropology.


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What is 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, supported by major funding agencies, is presented at scholarly conferences and published in highly-respected journals and academic presses. We share our knowledge with the public through a range of academic outreach efforts. Our faculty maintain on-going collaborations with a range of organizations spanning public and private sectors, international agencies, non-governmental and community organizations.

Please explore our website to learn more about Anthropology at the University of Tennessee.

Dr. David Anderson, Professor of Anthropology presented a webinar titled “Climate Change in America’s National Parks Webinar Series” as part of the National Park Service’s Climate Change Response Program, February 8th, 2018.