The Charlotte Observer reports on research by two UNC Charlotte Anthropology faculty, Professor Emerita Dena Shenk and Assistant Professor Andrea Freidus. Residents of nursing homes have been hit hard by the COVID-19 virus. But even when they’re not the victims of infection themselves, their social and psychological well-being is affected negatively by medical practices that […]

Once again, our graduate and undergraduate student organizations have planned what promises to be another exciting Anthropology Day celebration on February 18th, 2021. Events will start at 10:00 am and all interested parties are encouraged to register at

Dr. Elise Berman’s collaborative work looking at the impact of COVID remote learning on Marshallese students and families was featured in the University of Arkansas news. You can read the full article here.

Dr. Freidus, Lennin Caro and incoming graduate student James Robbins have conducted a rapid qualitative appraisal of North Carolina frontline nurses experiences providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This infographic presents the main themes that were uncovered focusing on the narratives of these nurses and highlights the kind of engaged projects our faculty and students […]

The human skeletal remains housed within our laboratories at UNC Charlotte have been evaluated and inventoried within the last five years. The remains used in teaching scenarios are predominantly anatomical in origin, having been purchased recently from reputable anatomical companies who note provenience, obtained from other anatomical skeletal collections, or inherited from prior faculty where […]

Research by faculty member Sara Juengst was featured on Forbes recently. In their work in coastal Ecuador, Juengst, a former UNCC MA student Abigail Bythell, and colleagues identified a novel mortuary pattern – burying infants wearing the skulls of other humans. Read the piece here. Thee story was later picked up by a number of […]

Research conducted by Dr. Nicole Peterson was recently featured in the Inside UNC Charlotte Newsletter. Her work is aimed at identifying and addressing food insecurity and other forms of student precarity among UNC Charlotte students. The full article can be found here.

UNC Charlotte’s Graduate School recently featured the work of Dr. Sara Juengst and MA graduate Abigail Bythell. To see the story, click here.

Graduate student Ashley Shults (bioarchaeology) has been awarded a Sigma Xi Grands in Aid of Research! The Sigma Xi Grants in Aid of Research (GIAR) program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through […]

Charlotte’s Anthropology Legion and the Anthropology Graduate Student Association and are co-hosting this year’s Anthropology Day festivities! We will have a number of different events on February 20th and will also be holding an essay competition. Please join us for our Anthropology Day Celebration! When: February 20th 10am-6pm Where: Barnard 244 What: Anthropology day is […]

Dr. Andrea Freidus has recently written an article for The Conversation critiquing the practice of volunteer tourism, especially among orphans and vulnerable children. While the practice is problematic, she argues that reframing these trips with a focus on cultural understanding and exchange as opposed to “helping” and “saving” others could be fruitful in expanding our […]

The Anthropology Department at UNC Charlotte will be hosting the fifth Skeletal Biology in the Carolinas annual meeting on campus on February 10, 2018. For more information, visit the conference website here.

The department is now finalizing details for this summer’s Archaeology Field School. If you would like to earn course credit while you gain hands-on experience in archaeology in the Charlotte area, please sign up today. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Details can be found on the field school page

Dr. Sara Juengst and MA student Abigail Bythell conducted bioarchaeological research this past summer in Ecuador and attracted local news coverage of the work.

Dr. Jonathan Marks was recently quoted in two news articles over this past summer. In May, Dr. Marks commented (click here for full article) on consumer DNA and ancestry tests, questioning the importance of the information consumers are seeking. In July, Dr Marks contributed his thoughts (click here for full article) on our current understanding […]

​The Department of Anthropology welcomes Dr. Lydia Light as our most recent tenure-track faculty member. Dr. Light is a biological anthropologist and primate behavioral ecologist with a PhD from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on identifying the ways in which nonhuman primates, specifically small apes in Southeast Asia, modify behaviors […]

This summer Dr. Freidus and Dr. Peterson helped lead the Beatties Ford Road Research Experience for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation, and focused on food, healthcare, and housing on the West End Corridor of Charlotte. Three UNCC students participated, Lauren Stewart, Gabe Cartagena, and Brandon Thomson. More info:

Dr. Sara Juengst recently published two new articles on her ongoing research in Bolivia. The first of these (click here for link) uses skeletal evidence to argue for a loack of social stratification among people of the Lake Titicaca Basil from 800 BC to AD 200. The second (click here for link) documents the first […]