General Description / Special Programs
Historically known for its unparalleled strength in forensic anthropology, the anthropology department at UT is in an exciting period of growth and increased international attention in its core areas of biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. The Forensic Anthropology Center provides a number of service and research functions, including human identification for local, state and national law enforcement and medical examiners, operating and maintaining the National Forensic Anthropology Data Bank, and sponsoring and coordinating forensic anthropology research, providing specialized courses, and publications. Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights (DDHR) is an interdisciplinary programmatic focus centered in cultural anthropology, with links to other subdisciplinary foci within the department, and to other pro
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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
MA/MS Field Areas
MA/ MS Requirements 30 semester hours course work, thesis, 1-hour oral examination
PhD Field Areas
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities Graduate: 28 teaching assistantships, $12800-16900 plus tuition for half-time
Program Details
Research Facilities Bass collection of human skeletal material from the Great Plains and modern donated and forensic cases; Parmalee collection of comparative faunal material; the Paul W. Parmalee Malacology Collection, the paleoethnobotany collection, and extensive collections of archaeology, ethnological and osteology material from the Southeastern US in the McClung Museum; extensive research collections from TN sites curated by the dept; opportunities for practical field and lab experience in archaeology; HRAF microfilm edition; Marmoset-Tamarin skeletal collection; Brehme collection of dermatoglyphic materials; computer data bases including 1)Brehme dermatoglyphic data, 2)osteo data of various Native American populations and recent forensic cases, 3)Trotter WW2 long bone and stature data, 4) Franz Boas anthropometric data from Native American populations; Molecular Anthropology laboratories, including a dedicated Ancient DNA clean room laboratory and a dedicated Forensic Genetics clean room laboratory. The Department supports faculty/staff research in public archaeology and provides opportunities for undergrad and graduate research participation in arch. The Department offers students and faculty enhanced opportunities to participate in CRM and public archaeology projects. The archaeology faculty researchers specialize in lithic and ceramic analyses, isotope analysis, GIS applications, bioarchaeology, historical archaeology, geoarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, and zooarchaeology. The Molecular Anthropology Laboratories house up-to-date equipment that operate in conjunction with on-campus core equipment facilities. They consist of three separate molecular laboratories: a modern DNA lab and two clean room labs (one for forensic-age DNA and another for ancient DNA research).
Publications Forensic Anthropology Center publications
Certs Offered 0
  • Jefferson Chapman
    Primary Contact
    Director,McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture,Research Associate Professor and Director
  • Sarah Sherwood
    Primary Contact
    Adjunct Associate Professor,Associate Professor,Earth and Environmental Systems
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Undergraduate Anthropology Association; Lambda Alpha; Anthropology Graduate Student Association
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1