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Laura Charlotte Bear, Anthropology Alumna, Honored by in the Queen's New Years List with the award of an MBE

Bear was honored for services rendered to the field of anthropology during the Covid pandemic

Milford Wolpoff inducted as a distinguished member in the AAA class of 2021

Wolpoff has joined an exclusive group of more than 200 members who have loyally supported the AAA for 50+ years.

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.