UVM Anthropology teaches students to meet the world’s challenges head-on, hands-on

For generations UVM Anthropology has been equipping citizens to make a positive impact on a local and global scale. At the same time, we're progressive, integrating traditional studies like archaeology with contemporary topics. A UVM anthropology degree will give you a firm grounding in the discipline while providing you with the skills to meet the world’s challenges head-on, hands-on.

Our faculty are deeply committed to cutting-edge research, scholarship, and providing a first-rate undergraduate education: an education that develops analytical and problem solving skills that are in high demand today in any profession. Explore Anthropology at UVM.

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Anthropology Statement on Racism

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Recognizing that the discipline of anthropology has a long legacy of racist theory and practice, we simultaneously remain optimistic that the discipline’s history of challenging scientific racism, celebrating diversity, and engaging in social justice work creates an opening for us to strengthen our anti-racist scholarship and teaching. Only through intentional and careful decolonization of the discipline, and of the spaces of our work therein, is this possible.


Anti-Racism Resources

Finding Answers Together—Teach-In is a three-part series on systemic racism in the U.S. (YouTube)

Black Lives Matter  - The Inter-Residence Assoc at UVM fully supports the Black Lives Matter taking place at our university.

Being Black: Learie C. Nurse , UVM Dissertation

President's Commission for Inclusive Excellence—focus on  BIPOC community members’ experiences

Richard A. Dennis Professor of English Major Jackson  - speaks at UVM's Amazing Grace: Finding Answers Together 

You Can’t Be Anti-racist, If You Do Not Understand Race  - UVM’s Center for Cultural Pluralism offers this two-part program to increase our awareness and understanding of race and how to seek justice through actions. Dr. Sherwood Smith discusses the topic of Race in the US with Prof. Alec Ewald and Prof. Nikki Khanna.


Indigenous Voices

Chief Shirly, Hook-Koasek Band Abenaki VT Digger 9/3/20

Department of Anthropology Acknowledges Land Appropriation

The University of Vermont (a land grant institution) is located on N’dakinna, the traditional ancestral homeland of the Abenaki Peoples past and present. We acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land and waterways and the alnôbak (people) who have stewarded N’dakinna throughout the generations. Anthropologists at UVM recognize, study, and incorporate in their classes issues surrounding the loss and seizure of traditional lands which has and continues to threaten indigenous peoples around the world, many of whom also lack federal recognition.

Indigenous Peoples Day, 10/12/2020

"What it means to be Abenaki in Vermont Today, Produced with Vermont Folklife Center."

“From the Anthropocene to the Ecozoic” McGill University, UVM, and York University  Indigenous Thought, Earth Law and More
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Governor’s Proclamation Of 2017 (PDF)

UVM Center for Cultural Pluralism Indigenous People Day Panel and Film Discussion