Graduate Student Monica McDonald (bottom, far left) and Zambian Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) officers in Ngoma, Zambia.
An eight year-old pastoralist and his herd of goats and sheep in the high mountains of the Malgazar Range, Uzbekistan. Photo by Edward Henry.
Achiote is used to flavor and color dishes in Mexico and Central America. In this photomicrograph the starch grains of achiote (Bixa orellana) are visible in white and in red are the cells of pigment. Photo by Clarissa Cagnato.
Activists work quickly to mark buildings with graffiti along Guatemala City’s pedestrian boulevard, La Sexta by Doc Billingsley
Activists work quickly to mark buildings with graffiti along Guatemala City’s pedestrian boulevard, La Sexta by Doc Billingsley
A farmer in the village of Kalleda in Andhra Pradesh, India squints while spray from a mixture of pesticide and stream water flies into his mouth and eyes. He is spraying Bt cotton for non-target pests. Photo by Andrew Flachs.

About the Department

How, when, and where did human life arise, how have environmental conditions and social institutions shaped human society, what is the role of learned versus innate behavior, and how are humans adapting to rapidly changing contexts?   These, among many, are the sorts of questions anthropologists ask. Anthropology, the appreciation of and commitment to understanding all aspects of human diversity past and present, is devoted to the proposition that the diversity among humankind is comprehensible and enriching.