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

Shaping the Future on Haida Gwaii: Life beyond Settler Colonialism

Joseph Weiss, University of British Columbia Press, 2018.

Recent Faculty Books

Because When God is Too Busy: Haiti, Me, & the World

Gina Athena Ulysse, Wesleyan University Press, 2017.

Recent Faculty Books

Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality

Margot Weiss, Duke University Press, 2011.

Recent Faculty Books

Land and Life in Timor-Leste: Ethnographic Essays

Elizabeth Traube, ANU E Press, 2012.

Recent Faculty Books

Why Haiti Needs New Narratives: A Post-Quake Chronicle

Gina Athena Ulysse, Wesleyan University Press, 2015.

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.

Recent Faculty Books

Downtown Ladies: Informal Commercial Impoters, a Hatian Anthropologist and Self-Making in Jamaica

Gina Athena Ulysse, University of Chicago Press, 2007.

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