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

  • 2014 Anthropology Accolades

    Penn Anthropology congratulates the class of 2014! Four of our graduate students and twenty-seven of our undergraduates were awarded degrees this May. We also congratulate all of our students, past and present, who have received awards and honors this past year.

  • Penn CHC Organizes Seminars on Saving Syrian Heritage

    The Penn Cultural Heritage Center, directed by Anthropology Professor Richard Leventhal, is bringing together activists, archaeologists and curators in an effort to preserve Syrian cultural heritage.