Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, Washington State University.

Message from the Chair

Winter/Spring 2021-22

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Dear Alumni & Friends,

This year we’ve been pleased to see students back on each of our busy campuses and faculty and students active in our classrooms and laboratories, despite challenges related to COVID. While we proceed with caution and flexibility, research across the department is reawakening, including Anthropology field work. The number of anthropology majors continues to grow at the WSU Pullman and Global campuses, and our new Human Biology major, shared with the School of Biological Sciences, has also enjoyed impressive enrollment growth in only its second year!

Our graduate program also continues to welcome new students and to celebrate others as they earn their MAs and PhDs. To see what our faculty and students are doing, please browse through this newsletter. You can also check “Anthro in the news” on the department home page and our social media accounts, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (linked from our home page too). Titles of our students’ recently completed theses and dissertations, as well as faculty publications, are also listed in this newsletter.

As we prepare for more active field research, your support is critical. Your gifts to the Anthropology Excellence Fund underwrite opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students, and we have several funds dedicated to supporting student and faculty research, guest speakers, and student success. If you are interested in supporting Anthropology at WSU, you’ll find several options at the “I Want to Give” link at left. If you have any questions about the department or a particular interest you’d like to support, please feel free to contact me at or the CAS Development team at

Andrew Duff, Chair