Master of Arts in Anthropology

General description of the Master of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Louisville.

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 , Dr. Lisa Markowitz. To learn more about current and ongoing research projects, labs, and field sites, visit our Research and Special Programs page.

Recent Research by Department Faculty


Beyin, A. 2015. Human origins, dispersal and associated environments: An African perspective, in Ethnology, Ethnography and Cultural Anthropology, [Eds. UNESCO EOLSS Joint Committee]. Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Eolss Publishers, Paris, France.

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.

Jones, Yvonne V.1988.  Street peddlers as entrepreneurs: economic adaptation to an urban area. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 143-170.

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.

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.

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.

Browne Ribeiro, A., H. P. Lima, F. L. T. Marques, M.J. Schmidt and K.S. McDaniel. 2016. Results from pilot archaeological fieldwork at the Carrazedo site, Lower Xingu River, Amazonia. Latin American Antiquity. 27(3):318-339.

Storey, Angela. In press. "'I dump it in that dirty place': Illegality, Responsibility, and the Everyday Politics of Waste in South African Informal Settlements." Political and Legal Anthropology Review.