The William & Mary Anthropology Department promotes engaged anthropology that addresses the concerns and interests of diverse communities. We are a department of cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, and biological anthropologists whose research methods include historical archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, sociolinguistics, oral history, ethnoecology, and museology. Our research interests include comparative colonialism, cultural landscapes, conflict resolution, and human rights. Faculty and students in the department study Africa and the African diaspora, Native North America, the Atlantic World, Polynesia, Mexico, South America, and the Middle East.
The Institute for Historical Biology offers training in biological anthropology and skeletal anthropology. The American Indian Resource Center facilitates research and collaborative activities with Virginia Indians.
Graduate fellowships and research assistantships are provided by the University. PhD students are fully funded for five years. Two of these five years they will serve as TAs and three of these five years they will serve as GAs. In their first year. PhD students typically serve as a GA with their chair/advisor to complete lab-based, book-based, or field based research. In their second year, PhD students serve as a GA in an externship to gain experience outside their main region of study. Externships have been developed through collaboration with the Center for Geospatial Analysis, Colonial Williamsburg, Historic Jamestown, and other local partnerships. In their third and fourth years, PhD students will serve as TAs in Anthropology courses to gain teaching experience. In their fifth year, students serve as a GA, focusing on their own research, and will also have the opportunity to teach in Anthropology as the Instructor of Record. PhD students can also apply for a sixth year of funding in a competitive campus-wide competition. The department has some funding for MA students incoluding internships with Colonial Williamsburg and WMCAR (the CRM branch of the university) that provide small stipends and in-state tuition.
The Anthropology Department houses two research centers, American Indian Resource Center, which brings regional Native peoples together with scholars and students for a variety of research and arts programs; and the Institute for Human Biology, which conducts research in human comparative osteology. Several faculty have active laboratory programs, including Martin Gallivan who runs the Chesapeake Archaeology Laboratory and Jennifer Kahn who runs the Oceanic Archaeology Laboratory. Work areas include four fully equipped laboratories with reference collections, materials for sorting midden and completing basic laboratory and artifact analysis, soil sieves, sonic cleaner, a soils lab with an international soil permit, a work and storage space devoted to graduate students.