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A student should choose a graduate program based on topical coverage, student support, and faculty quality. Faculty quality is measured on the basis of publications, citations to their work, and success at securing external grants to support research. Based on these measures, the last National Research Council (NRC) survey rated the IDPAS  first among anthropology doctoral programs in the United States. By these measures, therefore, our faculty are the best in the nation.

Faculty in the IDPAS are elected, and to be elected, a faculty member must be active in research and graduate education. 

Research strengths of the IDPAS include:

1. Human evolution and paleoanthropology. The IDPAS's excellent reputation as a center for the study of human evolution originated in important interpretations of hominid locomotion and systematics that were published in the 1980s and early 1990s. Today, the IDPAS retains its international stature in studies of primate and human locomotion and systematics. Paleolithic archaeology complements this focus on human evolution.

2. Southwest Asian and African Archaeology. We have a strong group of archaeologists focusing on early farming societies in southwest Asia and east Africa, and on the complex societies and empires of the ancient Near East.

3. Primate behavior. Four primatologists study a variety of Old World monkeys, apes and lemurs.


The IDPAS faculty, sorted by subfield, are:



Cultural Anthropology

Physical Anthropology: Behavior

Physical Anthropology: Morphology

Other Disciplines:

* = available to serve as advisor to incoming IDPAS students

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