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    Anthropology offers a variety of courses designed to meet core requirements with D1, D2, SU, 100 & 200 level courses, and explore new disciplines, and areas of interest in aging, workplaces, and the science of anthropology .  Faculty and staff are readily available to discuss your ideas. Please take every opportunity to connect connect with us using information found in the menus below, or email us at anthro@uvm.edu

  • War of 1812 burial site under excavation by UVMs Consulting Archaeology Program

    Home Makeover Reveals War of 1812 Burials

    Archaeologists from UVM's Consulting Archaeology Program excavate burials within the footprint of a house additon in Burlington, VT.  Read More about what they found (PDF).

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    Alumni Advice: How UVM Prepared Miranda Appelbaum for a Career in the Arts

    Miranda Appelbaum ’04 is the assistant director of accessibility and guest services at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.
    We talked to Appelbaum, who earned degrees in English and Anthropology from UVM before studying museum studies at New York University, about working in the performing arts and how UVM prepared her for a fulfilling career. Read More

  • New Burlington School Commisioner

    Aden “gravitated with ease to the Mosaic Center for Students of Color, “to lean on them whenever I needed support...” It was Anthropology faculty Luis Vivanco and Deborah Blom who  encouraged Haji to pursue his political ambitions and plan for elected positions.” Photo: Kaitie Catania  Read the full news story...

  • White Mountain Apache Reservation Ancestral Pueblo

    Archaeology in high places

    Associate Professor Scott Van Keuren and colleagues from other institutions are helping the White Mountain Apache Tribe protect and preserve traditional cultural properties in the mountains of eastern Arizona.

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    Teresa Mares releases new book

    Professor Teresa Mares' latest book on migrant workers shows that a majority of Vermont’s undocumented Mexican and Central American farm workers are food insecure.


    And other perspective-shifting lessons from anthropologist Professor Luis Vivanco

UVM Anthropology teaches students to meet the world’s challenges head-on, hands-on

For generations UVM Anthropology has been equipping citizens to make a positive impact on a local and global scale. At the same time, we're progressive, integrating traditional studies like archaeology with contemporary topics. A UVM anthropology degree will give you a firm grounding in the discipline while providing you with the skills to meet the world’s challenges head-on, hands-on.

Our faculty are deeply committed to cutting-edge research, scholarship, and providing a first-rate undergraduate education: an education that develops analytical and problem solving skills that are in high demand today in any profession. Explore Anthropology at UVM.

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Anthropology Statement on Racism

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Recognizing that the discipline of anthropology has a long legacy of racist theory and practice, we simultaneously remain optimistic that the discipline’s history of challenging scientific racism, celebrating diversity, and engaging in social justice work creates an opening for us to strengthen our anti-racist scholarship and teaching. Only through intentional and careful decolonization of the discipline, and of the spaces of our work therein, is this possible.


Anti-Racism Resources

UVM Media Spotlight:  “How a Three-Word Phrase Sabotaged Black Voting Rights, and How They Can Be Reconstructed”

Black Lives Matter  - The Inter-Residence Assoc at UVM fully supports the Black Lives Matter taking place at our university. 

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair Vanderbilt University, Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review,  Professor of English Major Jackson  - speaks at UVM's Amazing Grace: Finding Answers Together 

Finding Answers Together—Teach-In is a three-part series on systemic racism in the U.S. (YouTube)

Today, years of hard-fought civil liberty protections are under threat – and to influence lawmakers, we need to get involved.” ACLU -  https://www.aclu.org/action/   ACLU Vermont: https://www.acluvt.org/en/act


Indigenous Voices

Chief Shirly, Hook-Koasek Band Abenaki VT Digger 9/3/20

Department of Anthropology Acknowledges Land Appropriation

The University of Vermont (a land grant institution) is located on N’dakinna, the traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land and waterways and the alnôbak (people) who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations. Anthropologists at UVM recognize, study, and incorporate in their classes issues surrounding the loss and seizure of traditional lands which has and continues to threaten indigenous peoples around the world, many of whom also lack federal recognition.

"What it means to be Abenaki in Vermont Today, Produced with Vermont Folklife Center."


Missisquoi has always been maintained as a central gathering place, for families who have always lived here and those that became a part of the community.”


Image of a Vermont River

Nebi: Abenaki Ways of Knowing Water - Created to help preserve these stories for Abenaki and other people. While the core content of these stories belong to the Abenaki People, each story teller provides their own unique interpretation. With stories by Chief Don Stevens, Chief Roger Longtoe Sheehan, Chief Eugene Rich, Melody Brook, Lucy Cannon Neel, Cody Hemenway, Morgan Lamphere, Bea Nelson, Fred Wiseman, and Kerry Wood.  Short film by Vince Franke of Peregrine Productions, LLC2019, in support of the watershed education programs of Lake Champlain Sea Grant, UVM Extension, the Rubenstein School. Funding was provided by NOAA, Sea Grant, and an anonymous donor. https://abenaki-edu.org/nebi-abenaki-ways-of-knowing-water/