Department of Anthropology

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.

PSU Anthropology supports three subfields: sociocultural anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology. Our department is committed to research and scholarship in “applied anthropology” where anthropological scholarly products address “real world” problems; and knowledge is returned to the peoples and places where the research is conducted.

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Collaborating with both local and international institutions, Dr. Jeremy Spoon's research broadens the understanding of how Nepal's rural communities have recovered after 2015, along with how they are planning for the future.