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

  • 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".

  • Anth Grad Named Newest PIK Professor

    Michael Platt, who graduated with a PhD in Biological Anthropology from Penn in 1994, has been named the James S. Riepe University Professor, a PIK appointment through the Neuroscience Department in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Psychology Department in the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Marketing Department in the Wharton School.