Ph.D. in
Anthropology


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CONSIDERING A GRADUATE DEGREE IN ANTHROPOLOGY?  Consider UCI!

UCI’s Department of Anthropology is known for its collegiality, creative teaching and research, and leading role developing new methods, theory and applications of anthropological knowledge.

Faculty and graduate students are known for their research in economic anthropology, the anthropology of law, migration studies, urban and environmental studies, science and technology studies, security studies, and data studies. UCI anthropology graduate students move through a carefully designed series of courses that focus in the first year on the field’s history and theory then in the second year on ethnographic methods and research design. Graduate students also take a wide array of elective courses, both in and outside the department. Many pursue concentrations in critical theory, feminist studies, or medicine, science and technology studies.
 

QUICK FACTS

 

RANKINGS

08

best anthropology program in the U.S.
- Center for a Public Anthropology

01

university committed to economic diversity and upward mobility
- New York Times College Access Index

04

articles published in top three academic journals
- Academic Analytics

07

public university in the U.S.
- U.S. News & World Report

 

RECENT PLACEMENTS

  • Cal State Long Beach
  • Rice University
  • Smith College
  • Swiss Academy of Sciences
  • Tufts University
  • UNESCO
  • UC Riverside
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Wellesley College

RESEARCH SPECIALITIES

  • Modernity and development
  • Environmental problems and politics
  • Politics, law and economy
  • Ethnographic research methods
  • Science, technology and medicine

 

Anthropology research by Jennifer Zelnick
  Jennifer Zelnick, UCI anthropology, received a prestigious NSF fellowship to support her graduate research on Cambodian deportees. [Read Story]

 

UCI anthropology offers admitted students 6-7 years of guaranteed funding. Faculty and students also have a very strong record earning competitive research funding from agencies like the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Social Science Research Council, Fulbright Foundation, and Ford Foundation. This past year, UCI anthropologists brought in $1 million in external grant funding.

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UCI anthropologists publish widely, reaching anthropological, interdisciplinary and public audiences - through journal articles, books, films, digital exhibits, sound installations and other media. UCI anthropologists also have diverse career paths - in academia, business and the public sector.

 

WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM UNIQUE?

 

UCI Aldrich Park

 

UCI’s campus community is notably diverse, and is known for supporting first generation students. In 2015 and 2017, the New York Times ranked UCI as the #1 university doing the most for the American dream. U.S. News & World Report has ranked UCI the #7 public university in the U.S.

UCI’s campus is beautiful, rotating around Aldrich Park, a 19-acre botanical garden. The campus is also less than 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and beaches.
 

"A top 10-ranked program with research
strengths in theory & methodology"
 

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT - Why UCI Anthropology?

 

When Liz Clark was thinking about where she wanted to pursue her graduate degree in anthropology, UC Irvine was at the top of her list.

"Faculty expertise in my area of study is really strong, both in the department and the School of Social Sciences," she says. "And the graduate program is very well funded and offers competitive packages unmatched at other schools."

 

FURTHER PROGRAM INFORMATION

UCI anthropology is vibrant in many ways! Please contact us if you have questions about our application process.

 

 

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Kim Fortun
 kfortun@uci.edu
 949.824.0376

GRADUATE DIRECTOR
Leo Chavez
 lchavez@uci.edu
 949.824.4054

ADMISSIONS DIRECTOR
Damien Sojoyner
 dsojoyne@uci.edu
 949.824.3230

GRADUATE ADVISOR
John Sommerhauser
 jdsommer@uci.edu
 949.824.4074

 

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