Anthropology and Social Change
Anthropology and Social Change is unique among graduate programs in the United States due to its focus on activist anthropology.
Anthropology and Social Change is a small innovative graduate department with a particular focus on radical activist scholarship, critical theory, and social change. We offer both masters and doctoral degree programs. Our unique approach to ethnographic research methodology dissolves traditional barriers between researchers and communities of struggle; we aim to liberate existing alternative knowledges, and to co-create new emancipatory knowledges with those communities. As radical anthropologists, we explore real alternatives and possibilities for systemic change in the world. Our activism informs our scholarship; our scholarship informs our activism.
Alongside talented faculty, MA and PhD students analyze, discuss, and explore the possible; they research alternative institutions; they collectively reflect and debate the dilemmas of other possible worlds. This collective effort of understanding "real utopias" takes the form of analytic and ethnographic study of existing alternatives in the present.