Department of Anthropology
At NAU, anthropology is a dynamic and collaborative exploration of cultures.
We offer qualitative and quantitative research opportunities that elevate marginalized perspectives—and encourage you to make a positive difference in facing the environmental, political, economic, and social challenges of a rapidly changing world.
You’ll tackle vital issues that matter today, including substance abuse, forensic strategies in crime scene investigation, and immigration. Historical perspectives on agriculture, archaeology, and human interactions with the environment and animals provide context for complex, interdisciplinary topics such as community development, and health equity.
Whether taking a medical anthropological approach to researching opioid use or seeing archaeology as a tool for social justice, our engaged faculty guide students in working with local and global communities. Our labs at the Flagstaff campus study paleo diet, ceramic analysis, Mesoamerica, faunal and lithic analysis, and medical anthropology.
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NAU Anthropology in the news!
Recent news from the Department of Anthropology
- Dr. Chrissina Burke named the 2019 SBS Teacher of the Year
- Dr. Corina Kellner receives $239,000 National Science Foundation Award
- Dr. Sharon Moses is awarded the 2019 National Robert Gaffney Achievement Award
- Dr. Mundell and the NAU Student Immigration Action Learning Team make headlines
- Translational Health Research Initiatives Workshop
- Dr. Lisa Hardy orchestrates health equity research with Flagstaff Mayor and NAU students
- Anthropology Department Rolls Out New Madden Scholarship