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The Department of Anthropology hosts visiting lecturer events, our annual AnthroTalks networking gathering for students, an annual symposium and informal events throughout the year. Please note that these events are only open to GW Anthropology students, faculty, and staff unless otherwise stated. 

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Sent exclusively to alumni, the Department of Anthropology newsletter features alumni and department updates, as well as event information. If you are one of our alumni, update your contact information with the GW Office of Alumni Relations to start receiving this and other exclusive alumni benefits.

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Anthropological Quarterly Journal

Published by the GW Department of Anthropology, Anthropological Quarterly is among the most highly respected anthropology publications in the United States. The refereed journal publishes scholarly articles, reviews and lists of recently published books in all areas of sociocultural anthropology. 

The quarterly was founded in 1921 by the Catholic University of America with the title Primitive Man and acquired by the GW Institute for Ethnographic Research in September 2001. The journal is co-edited by faculty members and occasionally publishes graduate student work alongside articles from external experts.

Editor-in-Chief: Richard Grinker

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Anthropology News

"Cellphone: Unseen Connections" exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History

Cellphone Central: Smithsonian Exhibit Dials into GW Collaboration

Curated by Anthropology's Joshua A. Bell, who also serves at the museum’s curator of globalization, “Cellphone: Unseen Connections” opens June 23 and will run for at least three years.

Akos Vertes and Chet Sherwood

Two GW Scientists Nab International Recognition

Chemistry’s Akos Vertes and Anthropology’s Chet Sherwood were elected AAAS Fellows, the scientific community’s top honor for innovators in the field.


Hair-Raiser: Primate Fur Teases Human Evolution

Researchers from the Department of Anthropology Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology (CASHP) examined the factors driving hair variation in a wild population of lemurs known as Indriidae. Their findings were published in the American Journal of Biological Anthropology.

Courtney Sexton

Jurassic Bark: Do Dogs Hold Hints to Early Language?

Courtney Sexton, a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology