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.

  • Righteous Dopefiend Exhibit Travels to Museum of Culture and Environment

    Professor Philippe Bourgois' exhibit, based his 2009 book, will be on display at Central Washington University's Museum of Culture and Environment in Ellensburg, Washington from January 7th through March 21st, 2015.