The Department of Anthropology at Georgia State University offers Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Anthropology. The program provides rigorous training in anthropological research methods, theories, and skills on such topics as human evolution, urban processes, social marginality, and cultural politics. Organized on the principle that human problems must be understood in their historical, political-economic, and sociocultural contexts, the program emphasizes anthropological praxis and politically responsible research, instruction, and service. Graduate students select a thesis or a capstone option; focus on biological, archaeological, cultural and/or linguistic anthropology; and conduct empirical research independently or in collaboration with faculty. All students have the option to complete an internship informed by their academic work, and these take place a variety of metropolitan Atlanta settings including public health, education, development, and cultural resource management.
Many of our students secure, and get academic credit or graduate assistantships for, intern positions in local organizations and companies, in fields ranging from public health and refugee resettlement to marketing or cultural resource management.
National Direct student loans
undergraduate university scholarships and student assistantships
15-20 departmental research or teaching graduate assistantships offered each semester; tuition waiver included
grant-funded research assistantships or internships for graduate students (availability variable)
The anthropology program has research and instructional laboratories for biological, sociocultural, and archaeological anthropology and other research and instruction space for special projects.
Selected faculty publications as of 2020 (for most recent updates, see faculty pages at Profile Directory - Anthropology (gsu.edu)):
Dr. Steven Black: (2019). Speech and Song at the Margins of Global Health: Zulu Tradition, HIV Stigma, and AIDS Activism in South Africa. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. (2018). “The Ethics and Aesthetics of Care.” Annual Review of Anthropology 47. (2018). “Sexual Stigma: Markedness, Taboo, Containment, and Emergence.” In Kira Hall and Edward Barrett (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality. New York: Oxford University Press. Published online in advance: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190212926.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780190212926-e-8 (2018). “Ethics, Expertise, and Inequities in Global Health Discourses: The Case of Non-Profit HIV/AIDS Research in South Africa.” In N. Avineri, L. Graham, E. Johnson, R. Conley Riner, and J. Rosa (eds.),Language and Social Justice in Practice. New York: Routledge, p. 119-127. Dr. Jeffrey Glover: (2018). Rubio-Cisneros, Nadia, Marcia Moreno-Baez, Andrea Saenz-Arroyo, Jeffrey Glover, Dominique Rissolo, Christopher Markus Götz, Silvia Salas, Anthony Andrews, Gustavo Marin, Sara Morales-Ojeda, Francisca Antele, Jorge Herrera-Silveira. Poor fisheries data, many fishers, and increasing tourism development: interdisciplinary views on past and current small-scale fisheries exploitation at Holbox Island. Marine Policy https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.10.003 (2018). Glover, Jeffrey B., Zachary X. Hruby, Dominique Rissolo, Joseph W. Ball, Michael D. Glascock, M. Steven Shackley. Interregional Interaction in Terminal Classic Yucatan: Recent Obsidian and Ceramic Data from Vista Alegre, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 29:475-494. https://doi.org/10.1017/laq.2018.22 (2018). Jaijel, Roy, Jeffrey B. Glover, Dominique Rissolo, Patricia A. Beddows, Derek Smith, Zvi Ben-Avraham, Beverly Goodman Tchernov. Coastal reconstruction of Vista Alegre, an ancient maritime Maya settlement. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 497:25-36 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.02.003 (2018). Jaijel, Roy, Mor Kanari, Jeffrey B, Glover, Dominique Rissolo, Patricia A. Beddows, Zvi Ben-Avraham, Beverly N. Goodman Tchernov. Shallow geophysical exploration at the ancient maritime Maya site Vista Alegre, Yucatan Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 18:52-63 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.02.018 Dr. Emanuela Guano: (2019). “Emotions, Archistars, and Genoa’s New Bridge,” Anthropology News, February 2019; http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/category/section-news/ (2018). Spatializing Culture: The Ethnography of Space and Place by Setha Low. Book review for American Ethnologist. 45 (2018) 291-292. (2018). Terapie urbane. I nuovi spazi pubblici della città contemporanea by Rossana Galdini. Book Review for Sociologia Urbana e Rurale 114 (2018) 158-159. (2017). Creative Urbanity: An Italian Middle Class in the Shade of Revitalization. Philadelphia, PA: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. (2017). Alternative Tourism in Budapest: Class, Culture and Identity in a Postsocialist City by Susan E. Hill, Book review for Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, 15 (2017):1-2. Dr. Kathryn Kozaitis: (2020). Indebted: Despair and Resilience in Greece’s Second City. Oxford University Press. (2018). Cultural Relativism. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea1354 (2018). Ethnocentrism. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118924396.wbiea1489 (2013). Anthropological Praxis in Higher Education. Annals of Anthropological Practice 37(1):133-155. Dr. Faidra Papavasiliou: (2018). Papavasiliou, Faidra and Carrie Furman. Submitted. Local Food in the Middle: Food Hubs and the Quest to Scale Up Local Food in Georgia. Agriculture and Human Values. (2018). Furman, Carrie and Faidra Papavasiliou. Scale and Affect in the Local Food Movement. Food, Culture and Society. (2017). Furman, Carrie, Julia Gaskin, Faidra Papavasiliou, Kate Munden-Dixon, Hilda Kurtz and Lurleen Walters. Food Hubs in Georgia: A Potential Market for Small and Mid-Scale Farms. UGA Extension Bulletin 1488. University of Georgia. Dr. Jennifer Patico: (2018). Awkward Sincerity: Encounters in Feminist Anthropology and “International Marriage Brokering.” Critique of Anthropology Volume 38 (1): 75-95. Published online December 2017 at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0308275X17745141; paper publication 2018. (2016). “Children’s Food.” Invited, peer-reviewed article in Handbook of Food and Anthropology, James Watson and Jakob Klein, eds. Bloomsbury Press. Pp. 200-226. Co-authored with Eriberto Lozada, Jr. (2016). “Culturedness, Responsibility and Self-Help: Contexts of Middle Classness in Postsocialist Russia.” In The Middle Class in Emerging Societies: Consumers, Lifestyles and Markets. Leslie Marsh and Hongmei Li, eds. Routledge University Press. Pp. 19-32. Dr. Louis Ruprecht: (2018). Thomas F. Strasser, Sarah Murray, Alexandra van der Geer, Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., Christina Kolb, “Paleolithic Cave Art from Crete, Greece,” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 18 (2018): 100-108 (2017). “Cornel West and the Tragedy at the Heart of North American Pragmatism: A Retrospective Look at The American Evasion of Philosophy,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 38.2-3 (May-September 2017): 179-200 (2017). Report on the Aeginetan Sculptures with Historical Supplements (by Johann Martin Wagner and Friedrich Schelling) (Albany, NY: State University ofNew York [SUNY] Press. (2017). "We Never Got the Joke: Comedy and Tragedy in Modern Politics," a review of Angus Fletcher, Comic Democracies: From Ancient Athens to the American Republic (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), Arion, Third Series 25.1 (2017): 173-211. (2015). Policing the State: Democratic Responses to Police Power Gone A wry, in Memory of Kathryn Johnston (1914-2006}- 2nd Edition, with a new Afterword, "Policing the State After Ferguson" (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock). Dr. Nicola Sharratt: (2019). Sharratt, N., S. deFrance & P. R. Williams ‘Spanish Colonial Networks of Production: Earthenware Storage Vessels from the Peruvian Wine Industry.’ International Journal of Historical Archaeology (2019). (In press) Sharratt, N. ‘Tiwanaku’s Legacy: a Chronological Reassessment of the terminal Middle Horizon in the Moquegua Valley, Peru.’ Latin American Antiquity. (2018). Lowman, S. A., N. Sharratt, B. L. Turner ‘Bioarchaeology of Social Transition: a diachronic study of health at Tumilaca la Chimba, Peru.’ International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. (2017). Sharratt, N. ‘Steering Clear of the Dead: Avoiding Ancestors in the Moquegua Valley, Peru.’ American Anthropologist 119(4): 645-661. (2017). Parker, B. J. and N. Sharratt. ‘Fragments of the Past: Applying Microarchaeological Techniques to Use Surfaces at Tumilaca La Chimba, Moquegua, Peru.’ Advances in Archaeological Practice 5(1): 71-92. Dr. Bethany Turner: (2018). Turner, Bethany L., Bélisle, Véronique, Davis, Allison R., Skidmore, Maeve, Schaefer, Benjamin J., Covey, R. Alan, Bauer, Brian S. Diet and Nutrition across Five Millennia in the Cusco Region of Peru. Journal of Archaeological Science 98: 137-148. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.07.013. (2018). Lowman, Shannon A., Sharratt, Nicola O., Turner, Bethany L. Bioarchaeology of Social Transition: A Diachronic Study of Pathological Conditions at Tumilaca La Chimba, Peru. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, DOI: 10.1002/oa.2713. (2018). Turner, Bethany L., Hewitt, Barbara R. The Aqlla and Mitmakquna: Diet, Ethnicity, and Status. In Alconini, Sonia, Covey, Alan R. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the Incas. Oxford University Press, in press. (2017). Jones, Daniel S., Turner, Bethany L., Buikstra, Jane E., Kamenov, George D. Estimating the Identities of Isolated Crania in the Lower Illinois River Valley Through Multi-Isotopic Analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 13: 312-321. Dr. Cassandra White: (2019). Validation and Syncretic Belief in the Afterlife: U.S. Viewers’ Perceptions of Long Island Medium. Anthropology of Consciousness 30(1): 90-112. (2017). Vidas Interrumpidas y Reimaginadas. Prologue to Nuestra Historia no es Mentira: Vivir con la Enfermedad de Hansen en Ecuador. Beatriz Miranda Galarza with the collaboration of Edgar Cortez, Coleción 17, Instituto de Estudios Críticos, Mexico City, Mexico. (2017). Clinical and Social Aspects of Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease) and Contemporary Challenges to Elimination. Short Communication. Journal of Dermatology and Clinical Research 5(2):1097-1099. Dr. Frank Williams: (2019). Williams FL. Fathers and their Children in the First Three Years of Life: An Anthropological Perspective. Texas A & M University Press, College Station, TX. (2018). Williams FL, George RL, Polet C. Deciduous molar morphology from the Neolithic caves of the Meuse River Basin, Belgium. Dental Anthropology 31:18-26. (2018). Power RC, Williams FL. The increasing intensity of food processing during the Upper Paleolithic of western Eurasia. Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology 1:281–301. (2018). Williams FL, Droke J, Schmidt CW, Willman JC, Becam G, de Lumley M-A. Dental microwear texture analysis of Neandertals from Hortus cave, France /Analyse de la texture des de la micro-usure dentaire chez les Néandertaliens de la grotte de l’Hortus, France. Comptes rendus Palevol 17:545–556. (2017). Williams FL, Polet C. A secondary mandibular condylar articulation and collateral effects on a Late Neolithic mandible from Bois Madame rockshelter in Arbre, Belgium. International Journal of Paleopathology 16:44-49.
While most courses are offered in person, a selection of online courses is available each semester at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.