Welcome to the website of Tulane's Anthropology Department! The history of anthropology at Tulane goes back to 1924, when the Department of Middle American Research (now the Middle American Research Institute) was founded. The first anthropology courses were offered in 1938-1939. By 1947, anthropologists were teaching courses in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. A separate Department of Anthropology was established in 1967. The Department has grown since then. It now has 19 faculty, between 100 and 150 undergraduate anthropology majors, and approximately 60 graduate students.
The Department has four-field programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The faculty includes eight cultural anthropologists, five archaeologists, three physical anthropologists, and three linguists. [click on the choices above to learn more about the four fields of anthropology.] The teaching and research interests of the faculty have global reach: North America (the southeastern and southwestern United States), Mesoamerica and Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica), South America (Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru), Africa (Egypt, Niger, and Nigeria), Europe (France and Portugal), and Asia (China and Viet Nam).
Effective July 1, 2014 - Professor Trenton W. Holliday will be the new Chair of the Department of Anthropology.