student in an archeology dig
group photo at Dmanisi
students hiking to dig site
elderly Djavakh woman

Anthropology is a vibrant discipline that explores the diversity of ways of life and the commonality of the human condition across the world.

Anthropologists work in both far away places and right here “at home,” analyzing the contemporary moment as well as the distant past. We study not only cultural diversity, but also the dynamics of power and inequality, change and global processes.

Attending to these facets of human life, anthropology at Wellesley encompasses socio/cultural studies, historical work, archeology, and biological analysis of human characteristics and practices.  Putting these methods into conversation, an education in anthropology orients students to understand and analyze human nature and how culture operates in their own everyday lives, as well as the lives of others.

The anthropological perspective is inherently multicultural and multidisciplinary. By studying anthropology, students are “led out” (educo) of their own personal backgrounds to appreciate the incredible cultural diversity of humanity, receiving an exceptionally broad liberal arts education.

Particular thematic strengths of our faculty and curriculum include:          

  • Nationalism and Ethnic Rivalry
  • Cultures of Health and Medicine
  • Archeology and the Reception of Antiquity
  • Anthropology of Media and Visual Culture
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Gender and Class
  • Ethnography of the Built Environment
  • Ethnographic Film
  • Human Origins, Evolution, and Variation

Our faculty carries out field research in places as varied as Wellesley, Mass.; Mumbai, India; the Balkans; Latin America; and the Caucasus.