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John and Sally Mitani gift $26k towards First Gen Scholarships

John Mitani, Professor of Anthropology, and his wife, Sally Mitani, give back to Anthropology first-generation students with Don Kiyoshi & Sally Sadako Mitani Endowment fund.

Baskets at Ziibiwing

Shaker made from black ash

Andrew Shryock, Anthropology Chair and Professor, talks about the importance of Giving Blueday and supporting Anthropology! 

The Anthropology Department is made up of Four Subfields:   

What does it mean to be human?  Where have we come from?  How do we live and communicate?

What forces have shaped human physiology and social life?  


  • Understanding how we produce goods and power, make kinship and gender, decide what is right and wrong, build and destroy environments -- all in such a variety of ways;

  • Studying language and other forms of communication, such as new media, technology, and the arts;

  • Through archaeological excavations, examining big picture changes in society, culture, and biology over time -- from the deep human past to the fraught realities of lives unfolding today;

  • Investigating the evolution of human and non-human primates through study of adaptation, genetics, behavior, and ecology -- confronting the contours and limits of human uniqueness.


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We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research and to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, the Department of Anthropology needs your support.