Interested in biodiversity conservation? Have a desire to experience another culture? Join us on the innaugural Thailand: Exploring Culture and Conservation trip! Dr. Lydia Light will be taking a group of undergraduates to Thailand this summer for a study abroad course in which students will earn three credits in anthropology and three credits in biology. […]

In this article (click here for link to article), Dr. Juengst and her co-author Celeste Gagnon investigate how bones can show if a person drank beer during their lifetime. This is particularly useful for studying peoples of the Andes, where beer was made from corn and was central to ritual celebrations and statements about power […]

A recently published article reports the findings of a mass child sacrifice in ancient Peru. Our own Dr. Sara Juengst is quoted in a summary of the findings (click here for link to the Nova summary article) in which she recognizes the importance of the find. Dr. Juengst also reminds readers that events such as […]

Assistant Professor Elise Berman has just published a new book, Talking Like Children. Reviewers call it “a remarkable book with a challenging thesis” and a “monumental rethinking of age and its significance for theory and practice in the social sciences”. Read more about it at or a recent interview Berman gave on the CAMP […]

Our summer field school is looking for students to enroll in an experiential learning course here in the Charlotte area. Students looking to gain hands-on experience in archaeology are strongly encouraged to enroll in our field school at Holly Bend taught by Dr. Alan May. But time is running out! Enroll today!

​This fall, the department is pleased to welcome two faculty members to new positions. Dr. Sara Juengst is a bioarchaeologist with a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on Andean civilizations in South America. She has been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Ms. Heather mode is a forensic […]

Dr. Coral Wayland has been nominated for the Bank of America Teaching Award. This award is presented annually to recognize faculty who excel in the classroom, bringing innovative teaching strategies and approaches to learning to their students. Dr. Wayland has been recognized for her dedication to improving the learning environment and willingness to support new […]

Dr. Lydia Light was recently awarded the Deb Moore Award for Early Career Primatologists. The grant will fund Dr. Light’s upcoming summer research investigating climate-related changes in food availability for one population of small, endangered apes living at the driest extreme of their distribution.

Dr. Sara Juengst has just co-authored a new book. Juengst and Becker’s edited volume “The Bioarchaeology of Community” investigates how skeletons can teach us about past communities and social organizations. The 28th volume in the Archaeological Papers of the AAA series, the book focuses on novel combinations of methods and theory to highlight the ways […]

Anthropology students will have two unique experiential learning opportunities this Spring Break. Dr. Juengst will be accompanying students to Bolivia where they can earn three credit hours for this course either through the Anthropology department or the History or Latin American Studies departments. Dr. Light will be leading students to the Lemur Conservation Foundation in […]

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 here (

The Department of Anthropology is pleased that three new faculty will be joining the department beginning in August, 2016. Dr. Sara Juengst is a bioarchaeologist with a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on Andean civilizations in South America. She has been appointed for a two-year Lecturer position. Lydia […]

On April 8-10, 2015, the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) held its third annual meeting. Unlike in past years, when the annual meeting was held at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, this conference took place simultaneously at 5 sites across the globe, linked together by online technology. Participants gathered in Charlotte, Lansing […]

The department is pleased to announce that Prof. Steven Falconer will join us in January, 2015, as department chair. Dr. Falconer is currently Head of the Department of Archaeology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He is an archaeologist whose research focuses on the rise and evolution of urban societies in the Mediterranean and […]

Joyce Dalsheim, assistant professor in the Department of Global, International and Area Studies, will discuss sectarianism in the Middle East as the fifth speaker in the 2015 Great Decisions lecture series. This free, public presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 11, at UNC Charlotte Center City. Dalsheim is a cultural anthropologist who studies […]

Dena Shenk, professor of anthropology and graduate coordinator of the Gerontology Program, is the 2015 recipient of the Harshini V. de Silva Award; the honor is presented annually to a faculty member who best exemplifies de Silva’s commitment to graduate students. Colleagues regard Shenk as an exceptional graduate mentor who has had an influential impact […]