The Department of Anthropology at UCLA is a world leader in the study of the human condition in contemporary societies, in evolution, and in the archaeological record. Our forty faculty are involved in field projects in many areas of the world including the Asia-Pacific region, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Mesoamerica and South America. Our emerging focus on the Anthropology of Los Angeles brings the practice of Anthropology to our local community. The Sloan Center on the Everyday Lives of Families (CELF) housed in the Anthropology Department, is an example of the innovative and cross-disciplinary research done in the Los Angeles community by our faculty and students in collaboration with other departments on campus and other Sloan Centers across the U.S.
Our faculty has published in widely-read and prestigious journals both within the discipline and in the broader scientific community. Their research has also attracted national and international media attention; faculty projects have been featured in US News and World Report, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and CBS News, among other venues.
Many of our faculty have been recognized through prestigious awards and honors. We have two MacArthur Fellows; five John Simon Guggenheim Fellows; and six have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The quality of our teaching has also been recognized through six Distinguished Teaching Awards.
The faculty as a whole has also invested in the development of interest groups that capture the major intellectual threads of the department: BEC (Behavior, Evolution and Culture), CPSC (Culture, Power and Social Change), MMAC (Mind, Medicine and Culture), and the Discourse Lab - associated with the interdepartmental Center for Language, Interaction and Culture (CLIC).
Our vibrant, top-ten graduate program trains the leading anthropologists of the future. We actively incorporate our four-hundred undergraduate students into the intellectual current of the Department making Anthropology one of the most popular majors at UCLA.