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.
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
Jeffrey Hoelle Lecture
Professor Jeffrey Hoelle (UC - Santa Barbara) will present a lecture entitled “Rainforest Cowboys: The Rise of Ranching and Cattle Culture in the Brazilian Amazon” as part of the Department of Anthropology’s Fall Lecture Series
Michael Cepek to Present at the Workshop on Culture, Society, and Environment
Dr. Michael Cepek will present a paper--"There Might Be Blood: Oil, Humility, and the Cosmopolitics of a Cofán Petro-Being"--as part of UTSA's Workshop on Culture, Society, and Environment
Richard Leventhal Lecture
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