The archaeology program emphasizes comparative study of the emergence and development of complex societies, from their initial foundations in hunter-gatherer behavior to their manifestation as states and empires. Faculty and graduate student research most strongly emphasizes Latin America, Eurasia, and North America.
The biological anthropology program provides students with the background to study life history, reproductive ecology, social and health disparities, bioarchaeology, paleopathology, and evolution.
The cultural anthropology program emphasizes research in medical anthropology, health and environment, labor, precarity, politics, mobility, migration, citizenship, language, media, and circulation. Faculty research most strongly emphasizes South and East Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, Europe, and Russia.