Welcome to Penn Anthropology

Anthropology became part of the Penn curriculum in 1886 when Daniel Brinton was appointed Professor of Archaeology and Linguistics in the University’s newly created graduate school. Brinton was an early proponent of anthropology’s four-field approach, bringing cultural, linguistic, biological, and archeological methods to bear on the study of human societies. The first PhD in anthropology was awarded in 1909 to the ethnologist Frank Speck, who became the chair of a formally constituted Department of Anthropology in 1913. The year 2013 marks the Department's centennial.

News and Announcements

  • The Politics of Destruction

    With ISIS taking control of an increasing number of ancient sites in Iraq and Syria, the work of the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, led by Professor Richard Leventhal, is more urgent than ever.

  • Anth Ugrad Jose Romero Receives 2015 Yardley Prize

    Jose received the prize for his senior thesis project, "A Taste of Brown: Alimentary Anthropology Between Michoacan and Washington".