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

  • Anthropology Seniors Receive Rose Awards

    Chris Chan and Akiva Sanders have been selected to receive 2014 Rose Awards for their Anthropology Senior Thesis projects. The Rose Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research projects completed by graduating seniors under the supervision of a Penn faculty member.

  • Anthro Grad Student Receives Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    Britt Dahlberg has been selected to receive a 2014 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her project entitled 'Envisioning Post-Industrial Futures: Community Activism and Government Environmental Health Science.'