Anthropology studies the complexity and diversity of human and nonhuman life in an interconnected world.  At Wesleyan, we offer courses on anthropological theories and methods, as well as topics including urban anthropology, globalization, media studies, consumer culture, archaeology, social movements and activism, development and humanitarianism, and race, gender and sexuality.  Anthropology provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers that require an understanding of cultural difference in a transnational world, in such fields as education, journalism, law, media, medicine, development, and social justice organizing, as well as for graduate and professional studies. Social justice and ethical concerns have always been central to the discipline of anthropology.

Recent Faculty Books

Queer Then and Now

by Debanuj Dasgupta (Editor), Joseph Donica (Editor), Margot Weiss (Editor), The Feminist Press, 2023


Recent Faculty Books

Hard Luck and Heavy Rain: The Ecology of Stories in Southeast Texas

Joseph C. Russo, Duke University Press, 2022.

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Recent Faculty Books

Shaping the Future on Haida Gwaii: Life beyond Settler Colonialism

Joseph Weiss, University of British Columbia Press, 2018.

Recent Faculty Books

Land and Life in Timor-Leste: Ethnographic Essays

Elizabeth Traube, ANU E Press, 2012.

Recent Faculty Books

Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality

Margot Weiss, Duke University Press, 2011.

Recent Faculty Books

The City at Its Limits: Taboo, Trangression, and Urban Renewal in Lima

Daniella Gandolfo, University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Recent Faculty Books

Logics of Empowerment: Development, Gender, and Governance in Neoliberal India

Anu (Aradhana) Sharma, University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

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Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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