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Environmental Anthropology at UTSA

Our faculty and students work around the world generating knowledge essential for understanding the complexities of the natural and social worlds and for addressing increasingly urgent global and local challenges.

Anthropology & the Environment

Some of the most pressing issues of our time concern the complex relationships between people and the environment, and UTSA’s Department of Anthropology is committed to understanding them. From Texas to Africa to the Island Pacific, our program is generating essential knowledge about a changing planet. Our faculty members direct extensive research projects, and they publish regularly in top-ranking journals. Our graduate students have a proven record of securing prestigious fellowships and grants for field research. Our recent Ph.D.’s occupy prominent post-doctoral positions, and they have won national awards for their dissertations. We are part of an emerging research university with an ambitious vision focused on environmental issues, and we share its mission of producing knowledge that is intellectually innovative and practically relevant.

Our doctoral program couples a focus on Environmental Anthropology with a broad education across Anthropology’s sub-fields. It provides advanced training in political and cultural ecology, environmental and landscape archaeology, medical anthropology, primate ecology, and conservation biology, policy, and practice. Faculty research specialties include: archaeology of the Maya lowlands and Andean South America; archaeology of Texas, the American Southwest, and Northwest Mexico; primate behavioral and conservation ecology in Southeast Asia and Africa; resource management practices and human-animal relations in the Island Pacific; environmental politics, resource extraction, water scarcity, and ecological contamination in North and South America; the cultural anthropology of Texas and the Plains; ethnography and applied anthropology of Mexico and the United States; and medical anthropology of the US-Mexico border region and the Circumpolar North.

 

Teaching Opportunities

If you are interested in applying to teach in the Department of Anthropology, please submit electronically: (1) a CV, (2) a letter detailing your teaching experience and areas of expertise, and (3) three letters of reference to: Chair, Department of Anthropology (c/o Carolyn.Cochran@utsa.edu, Senior Administrative Associate). Eligible applicants will have an M.A. or a Ph.D. in anthropology, or they will be UTSA graduate students with a minimum of 18 hours of graduate coursework in the discipline. Please note: teaching opportunities for the 2015-2016 academic year will begin being filled December 7th.

  • news and events

Richard Leventhal Lecture

Sep 11

Professor Richard Leventhal (University of Pennsylvania) will present a lecture entitled “Rethinking Maya Heritage: Preservation Models for the Future” as part of the Department of Anthropology’s Fall Lecture Series

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Congratulations to Doctoral Student Chris Jarrett

Aug 28

Chris Jarrett awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad fellowship to fund his fieldwork in Amazonian Ecuador

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Dr. Robert Hard Awarded Multiple NSF Grants

Aug 24

Dr. Robert Hard has received two major NSF grants to support his archaeological research

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  • spotlight

Where are our recent Ph.D.s?

The UTSA Department of Anthropology has produced five Ph.D.s since 2012--see where they are now.

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