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Cathlapotle Plankhouse

Cathlapotle Plankhouse
PSU's archaeological fieldwork contributed to this leading example of historic preservation.

Fieldwork in Socio-cultural Anthropology

Fieldwork in Socio-cultural Anthropology
During her sabbatical, Dr. Sharon Carstens embarked on a new qualitative ethnographic research project that explores language identities and ideologies among younger generation multi-lingual Chinese Malaysians.

Archaeology Roadshow

Archaeology Roadshow
Portland State University's Department of Anthropology and community partners held the 2014 Archaeology Roadshow on Sunday, June 1st at OMSI.
Anthropology studies human biological and cultural diversity through time and space and the interplay between culture and biology. It encompasses our closest relatives and the human experience from our earliest known bipedal ancestors to the modern world, from the smallest human groups to empires and multinational corporations.

Anthropologists deal with prehistoric, historic, and contemporary peoples and with such topics as human evolution, subsistence and settlement systems, family, urban development, transnationalism, globalization, social conflict, gender, symbolic systems, and human ecology.  Anthropologists apply the knowledge gained from diverse theoretical perspectives to practical human problems in settings such as health care, educational development, and natural and cultural resource management, among others. As scholars, we are committed to the highest quality teaching in the classroom and the field; to ongoing research both in Portland and abroad; and to active engagement in wider university and community programs.

About Us

The Anthropology Department at Portland State University was established in 1959 as a four field Anthropology department with Oregon's only free-standing master's program. Since then, anthropologists at Portland State University have compiled a long record of research, teaching and community involvement. Among its distinguished former faculty was Wayne Suttles, the premier 20th century ethnographer and linguist of the Northwest Coast.

Currently, the Department has faculty in Sociocultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Biological Anthropology. The Department's emphases that cross-cut the subdisciplines are Applied Anthropology and Environmental Anthropology. The Department's programs and faculty research take advantage of the university's location in Portland, Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and on the eastern edge of the Pacific basin. The department is also part of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs.

For more information, review the strategic plan, external review, yearly newsletters, or the departmental brochure. If you'd like to talk to a faculty member about joining the program, please send us an email or stop in during open office hours.

Contact Us:

Connie Cash, Office Coordinator
(503) 725-3361
Fax: (503) 725-3905
Email: cashc@pdx.edu

Michele Gamburd, Department Chair
(503) 725-3317
Email: gamburdm@pdx.edu

Mailing Address:
Anthropology Department
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207

Street Address:
Anthropology Department
141 Cramer Hall
1721 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201