Graduate Programs

Brown's graduate Anthropology program encourages a diversity of doctoral research agendas in sociocultural anthropology, anthropological archaeology and linguistic anthropology.

Brown has offered graduate degrees in Anthropology since the 1960s. Today, graduates are trained for professional careers in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology and linguistic anthropology, and employed in a range of teaching, research and museum positions — as well as in nonacademic fields where anthropological expertise is required. Faculty have wide-ranging theoretical and methodological research interests, among them anthropological demography, globalization, medical anthropology, development studies, militarization, urban civilization, ethnicity, gender, religion, politics, language and culture, ancient writing, historical anthropology, historical and maritime archaeology, and museum studies. They have conducted research throughout the world — in North, Central, and South America, the Arctic, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Additional Resources

The Working Group in Anthropology and Population complements Brown's Population Studies and Training Center. The department has strong ties to the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, especially through its research program in politics, culture, and identity — and to the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World. The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology provides important research collections for archaeology and world ethnography. The John Carter Brown Library is an unparalleled source for documents pertaining to the Americas. The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America and several–area studies programs encourage interdisciplinary exchange on interethnic relations. The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage provides opportunities for students and faculty interested in public humanities.

Application Information

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Not required

Writing Sample:

Required (in area of intended specialization)


Application Deadline

Completion Requirements

A.M. in anthropology or its equivalent, foreign language (based on committee requirement), two semesters of teaching, preliminary examinations, research proposal, dissertation based on independent field research

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Department Chair
Jessaca Leinaweaver
Director of Graduate Studies
Andrew Scherer
Director of Graduate Admissions
Parker VanValkenburgh

Contact and Location

Department of Anthropology

Mailing Address

Brown University
Box 1921
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