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.

  • 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.