Cultures of Past & Present

Anthropology is a discipline that employs multiple perspectives to understand the diversity of the human experience across space and time. Anthropologists seek not only to define how people organize their lives and fashion meaning from the world, but also to understand how and why cultures change.

Learn More about the Department
Cultures of Past & Present
yesner and esdale

Anthropology is about us – all the people of the world.  Where we came from, where we’ve been, and in some cases, where we are going.  We are interested in the first primates to walk on their hind legs, to the emperors of China, the people that built the pyramids, the first families to make America their home, and people that work in factories today.  We search for information about modern diseases we’ve inherited from our ancestors, how governments are run, and why families are more diverse than we see on television, and the causes of domestic violence or addiction.  Anthropologists explore how languages affect the way we think and identify ourselves to others, and even the beginnings of language, symbolic thought, and music.  Who we are is what Anthropologists study.

2016 Summer Field School

Hatchers passUAA Anthropology Professor Dr. Paul White is taking students to the Gold Cord Mine for mapping 

Learn more about the field camp

UAA Anthropology in the News!

News Stories

  • langdon

    Learn More

    UAA Department of Anthropology provides leadership at the International Conference of the Society for Applied Anthropology

News Stories

  • Indie Alaska

    Learn More

    UAA forensic anthropology class featured in Indie Alaska Video

News Stories

  • csoba dehass

    Learn More

    Hungary-born anthropologist strives to preserve Sugpiaq culture

See more news from the Anthropology Department



Dr. Doug Veltre is being recognized for his many years of Anthropology research.

Dr. Doug Veltre



If you have questions about the Anthropology Program, contact Erin Nance, 907-786-1356 or, the Academic Advisor for the Social Sciences. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly encouraged.