Dr. Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi does research in Gujarat, India


Dr. Daniel Goldstein in Belgium


Recently graduated anthropology major continues her work and studies


Dr. Dorothy Hodgson and Maasai activist Ndini Kimesera Sikar at the U.N. in NYC


Student discusses honors poster on “Undocumented Mexican Women in New Brunswick”


Dr. David Hughes at Fukushima Workshop, Tokyo


Graduate student meets orangutan as a T.A. in Borneo with Rutgers Study Abroad "Primates, Ecology and Conservation in Indonesia"


Student discusses Honors work at historic site in Trappe, PA with Chair, Dr. Craig Feibel

Department History Time-line

Department of Anthropology

Timeline of Major Programmatic Events

1949                The famous anthropologist Ashley Montagu taught the first formal
                        courses in anthropology at Rutgers College.

1967                Professor Robin Fox comes from the London School of Economics to start a Department of Anthropology at the new Livingston College in response to student demand: a survey put anthropology first on the list of new subjects desired.

 1968               Undergraduate and graduate programs receive first students.

 1971               First PhDs granted: Joseph Shepher on spontaneous incest avoidance in the
                        Kibbutz, and  Jay Miller on the archaeology of Keresan Indian identity.

Joint NIMH program with Biology and Psychiatry (Medical School) founded, with five
            primate research centers.

 1972                        First undergraduate degrees awarded.

 1973                        Undergraduate Department of Anthropology founded at Rutgers College.

 1973                        Undergraduate Department of Human Ecology created at Cook College, whose
                                 anthropologists continue to retain strong ties to the Department of Anthropology into the

 1982                       Individual anthropology programs at different Rutgers colleges are consolidated within new Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The newly created Department of Anthropology moves to Douglass College. 

 1996                        Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES) is established.

 1997                        Koobi Fora Field School in Paleoanthropology located in Northern Kenya developed.

 2000                        Bachelor of Science in Evolutionary Anthropology approved.

 2004                        New Cultural Anthropology Program in Critical Interventions in Theory and Ethnography (CITE), focusing on the impact of global processes on inequality, justice, and rights, is created.

 2005                        BA track in Cultural Anthropology, and minors in Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology, are established.

 2007                       Department approves two Kenyan summer programs: Swahili Studies and Coastal Peoples of Kenya Field School and Wildlife Ecology, Conservation, and Primatology Field School 

 2009                       Minor in Evolutionary Anthropology is established.


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