Message from the Department Chair

Keri Brondo, Chair

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Memphis! The University of Memphis offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Anthropology. Our Anthropology courses are also perfect electives for students in other fields, such as international studies, international business, sociology, political science, communication, history, and education.

Student involvement is one of our most important goals and we pride ourselves on the close relationship between our faculty and students, and the quality of opportunities we offer our majors. We lead the campus in enriched learning, including study abroad, community-based research activities, internships, and service learning. We offer outstanding teaching and mentoring by award-winning faculty and feature an Anthropology Club, awards for student scholarship and service, Honors and Fresh Connections classes, resources for student research, and travel support for majors participating in professional conferences.

The Department of Anthropology offers one of the nation's leading M.A. programs in applied anthropology. Graduate students in our program receive training in core areas of theory, research methods, data analysis and application. Our students successfully pursue careers in government, nonprofit, and private sectors in healthcare, community development, health administration, cultural heritage preservation, and environmental management. Our program also prepares students to move on to doctoral study in anthropology and other fields.

We have eleven full-time faculty whose diverse research interests range from food systems, healthcare, immigration, biological anthropology, community development, organizational anthropology, and conservation and environmental justice/rights in the Memphis area, the larger United States, and globally. Our faculty are frequently recognized with university, community, and national awards for their excellence in teaching, research, and engaged scholarship. Our professors also hold positions on several boards for the university, anthropological organizations and community activist groups.

Our department is unique in that our BA and MA alumnae stay connected with other alumnae and faculty/staff over the course of their careers. We have alumnae and student groups on Facebook and LinkedIn so that our alums and community partners can relay job and professional development opportunities. It is because of these connections that the vast majority of our MA graduates find immediate employment as practicing anthropologists post graduation.

If you have any questions regarding our department please contact us at 901.678.2080 or come see us in 316 Manning Hall, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152.

Best Regards,
Keri Brondo, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology Chair