Master of Arts in Anthropology
The objective of the MA in anthropology at the University of Louisville is to enhance student knowledge of and skills in dealing with contemporary social issues facing a globalizing community and world from an anthropological perspective and to be able to locate these in the long progression of human history and within the body of social science theory. We expect our graduates to enter professions as skilled administrators, researchers, and leaders. Although students may focus heavily on evolutionary anthropology, archaeology, or cultural anthropology, this is a general, comprehensive masters program. Anthropology is the queen of multidisciplinary work, and we see our students taking courses from and pursuing collaborations with colleagues in Humanities, Sociology, History, Women and Gender Studies, Pan-African Studies, Political Science, Art History, Biology, and the Kent School of Social Work. Students with little or no academic background in anthropology will be required to take some preparatory courses determined in consultation with the Department of Anthropology's Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Christopher Tillquist.
Recent Research by Department Faculty
Burnet, Jennie E. (2012). Genocide Lives in Us: Women, Memory, and Silence in Rwanda Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. Winner of the 2013 Elliot Skinner Award from the Association of Africanist Anthropology and Finalist for the 2013 Melville J. Herskovits from the African Studies Association.
Crespo, F. and Lawrenz M. 2014. Heterogeneous landscapes and medieval plague: an invitation to a new dialogue between historians and immunologists. The Medieval Globe1: 229-257.
Bicho, N., Marreiro, J., Cascalheira, J., Pereira, T. and Haws, J. 2014. Bayesian modeling and the chronology of the Portuguese Gravettian. Quaternary InternationalDOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.04.040.
Markowitz, Lisa and John Brett (eds.) 2012 U.S. Food Policy: Anthropology and Advocacy in the Public Interest. NY: Routledge.
Parkhurst, Shawn. Regional Fits, Local Starts: Ethnography and the Paradox of Portugal's Port Wine Region. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. In Press.
Peteet, Julie. "Cartographic violence, displacement and refugee camps. Palestine and Iraq". in Knudsen & Sari Hanifi (eds.) Palestinian Refugees in the Levant: Identity, Space and Place. Routledge, 2010. pp. 13-28.
Zhao, Jianhua. 2014. “New Wine in an Old Bottle: The Chinese Family Firm Re-examined in Light of the Changing Family.” Journal of Family History, 39(4): 404-421.
Matthew L Niemiller, James R McCandless, R Graham Reynolds, James Caddle, Thomas J Near, Christopher R Tillquist, William D Pearson, Benjamin M Fitzpatrick. 2013. Effects of Climatic and Geological Processes During the Pleistocene on the Evolutionary History of the Northern Cavefish, Amblyopsis spelaea (Teleostei: Amblyopsidae). Evolution 04/2013; 67(4):1011-1025.