Anthropology is a broad and diverse discipline that seeks to better understand the
human species in terms of our cultural, behavioral and biological development through
time. Towards this end, the field of anthropology includes comparisons with our closest
living relatives - the lemurs, monkeys and apes that, together with us, constitute
the zoological Order Primates. The wide scope of anthropology has resulted in the
identification of three sub-disciplines: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological
anthropology. Cultural anthropology concentrates on the cultural behavior of modern
humans. Archaeology represents the study of human cultural and behavioral variation
over time investigated through the material culture of past people. Biological anthropology
examines the biological evidence for human and non-human primate evolution. This,
itself, encompasses a very broad range of topics, including the study of the behavioral
ecology and anatomy of living non-human primates, and the fossil record for primate
and human evolution.
The department has 14 core (full-time) faculty
and a number of associate faculty
, covering the areas of cultural anthropology, North American archaeology, Paleolithic
archaeology, Near Eastern archaeology, the behavioral ecology and conservation of
living primates, primate paleontology, and human evolution. One of Stony Brook's greatest
strengths continues to be the opportunity for interdisciplinary research in the anthropological
sciences, both within and beyond the department through our close collaborative relationships
with other departments in the University.
The Department of Anthropology maintains very close ties with faculty in Stony Brook's
(School of Medicine) and of
(College of Engineering), as well as the Departments of
Ecology and Evolution
(College of Arts and Sciences). As such, research opportunities abound for undergraduate
students as well as for graduate students in anthropology!
This is an extremely exciting time for anthropology, and Stony Brook is at the forefront
of anthropological research in the 21st century. Our faculty is diverse, our commitment
is high, our research is cutting-edge, and our facilities are unique. Come and join
We encourage you to explore our site and hope that you find Stony Brook University
and our department to be both exciting and friendly. Please feel free to
contact us if you have any questions.