Northwestern's graduate program in Anthropology fosters the historic diversity of the discipline by building an intellectual dialogue between different humanistic and scientific approaches. Our research and graduate training program emphasizes the integration of the major anthropological subfields. We train graduate students to harness these strengths in basic research, in effective teaching, and in the application of anthropology both inside and outside of academia.

Our faculty

Faculty members have a broad range of interests, with particular strengths in:

  • Political economy
  • Gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, social class
  • Urban anthropology
  • Africa, Latin America, North America, Middle East
  • Prehistoric complex societies
  • Historical archaeology
  • Reproductive ecology
  • Demography and fertility
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Human biology
  • Medical anthropology

Learn more about our graduate program

  • Program overview
    Learn about the yearly progression, curriculum and requirements of our PhD program.
  • Courses
    Find course requirements and descriptions as well as a current class schedule.
  • Apply
    Interested in applying to our program? Read about the application procedure and admission qualifications.
  • Fellowships and grants
    Find guidelines and deadlines for various grants and fellowships.
  • Current graduate students
    Meet our active graduate students and most recent PhDs.
  • Guide to Graduate Study Take a detailed look at the graduate program