Field Museum
1400 S Lake Shore Drive Chicago IL UNITED STATES
Phone+1 312.665.7827
General Description / Special Programs

One of the world’s premiere natural history museums, The Field Museum’s charter of 1893 dedicates its mission to the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge and objects illustrating Art, Archaeology, Science, and History. The Department of Anthropology was central to its founding and grew out of the collections and anthropological staff from the World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, Anthropology is housed in the museum’s Collections and Research Centers, and its faculty steward collections and conduct research on the rise of urbanism, as well as economic, environmental, and political anthropology, global heritage, and social resilience. FIELD MUSEUM-UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO JOINT PHD PROGRAM;  NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION. 

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Degrees Offered PhD in Anthropology in conjunction with our partners at UIC and NU
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Field Areas
Museum Studies
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Experience Offered
Field Work
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Museum/Curatorial Studies
Other Degree Field Areas
KELLER SCIENCE ACTION CENTER: The center works to translate science into action with measurable results on the ground. The team includes biologists and anthropologists who recognize the inextricable link between healthy nature and quality of life. Working in Chicago (Jacob Campbell, Ph. D., social science lead) and the Andes-Amazon region (Diana Alvira, Ph. D., social science lead and Chris Jarrett, Ph. D.), the center focuses on nature conservation and cultural heritage valuation through community partnerships, training, and nature stewardship.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Charles Benton Graduate Research Assistantships, Anthropology Alliance Curatorial and Field internships; Boone East Asian and Regenstein Pacific Anthropology internships; Mullins-Martin Native American Internship. Internships are advertised on the Museum's careers website in January and February annually.

Support Opportunities

Program Fellowships: Museum-wide competitive graduate scholarships, internships for high school through graduate students, Bass Visiting Scientist fellowships and interdisciplinary postdoctoral fellowships.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Work space in the study collections, Records room with paper and digital catalogs , Elemental Analysis Facility (laboratories for compositional analysis: ICPMS and XRF) managed by Laure Dussubieux, Regenstein Conservation Lab lead by JP Brown, Scanning Electron Microscopy Lab, Pritzker DNA Lab, Boone Research Lab staffed by Linda Nicholas and Lisa Niziolek, and Laboratory for Imaging and Illustration staffed by Jill Seagard.

Collections Over 1 million objects with a worldwide provenience in the holdings. Strengths include: 1) archaeology: North, Middle and South America, Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Europe, North and East Africa; 2) ethnography: North, Middle and South America, Polynesia, Melanesia, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Tibet, Africa. Supporting material: field and specimen photographs in 400 albums by culture area and group; field notes and other archival material related to collections. Collections Center Director Deborah Bekken and Jamie Kelly head the Collections area, assisted by Collections Managers Chris Philipp and Jamie Lewis, Registrar Lauren Hancock, Chief Conservator Stephanie Hornbeck, and Repatriation Director Helen Robbins. Collections database at
Library Resources Approx 40,000 anthropology volumes; rare book collection

In the Field member's magazine; Fieldiana scientific series

Misc Information FIELD MUSEUM-UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO JOINT PHD PROGRAM: Field Museum curators chair and serve on dissertation committees at the University and teach courses and archaeological field schools. There are research opportunities for graduate students at The Field Museum with respect to collections and fieldwork with curators. UIC faculty serving as Adjunct Curators at the museum include Drs. Brian Bauer, Tarini Bedi, Molly Doane, Mitch Hendrickson, Paul Hockings, Vince LaMotta, Mario LaMothe, Laura Junker, Mark Liechty, John Monaghan, Donna Nash, Jim Phillips, Gyatri Reddy, Sylvia Vatuk, and Sloan Williams. NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION: Field Museum curators may serve on dissertation committees and teach on occasion. The institutions offer a collaborative program of research and training through participation in field and collections research projects. Northwestern faculty serving as Adjunct Curators at the museum include Drs. Jim Brown, Tim Earle, Mark Hauser, Katherine Hoffman, Amanda Logan, Matthew Johnson, Chris Kuzawa, Bill Leonard, Tom McDade, Hiro Miyazaki, Cynthia Robin, Melissa Rosenzweig, Helen Schwartzman, Mary Weismantel, and Sera Young.
Certs Offered 0
Employees100 to 500
University of Illinois at Chicago Northwestern University The Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 0
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0