COVID-19 Update from the Program

Our department is fully committed to virtual course attendance for as long as is necessary to protect students, faculty, staff, and our research protagonists. Students conducting field study work closely with advising faculty to modify research plans along special HRRC guidelines for Covid awareness and safety. Please direct any related questions to our Program Coordinator, Sean MacCracken, at smaccracken@ciis.edu.

Apply for Fall 2021!

Please note this program has a fall start only. The Spring 2021 application does not apply to this program. The application cycle for Fall 2021 will open on November 15, 2020.

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Activism. Research. Social Change.

Anthropology and Social Change is a small, innovative graduate department with a particular focus on activist scholarship, militant research, and social change. We offer both masters and doctorate degrees. Our unique approach to ethnographic research methodology dissolves traditional barriers between research and political activism, between insiders and outsiders, and between researchers and protagonists. Ethnography is a tool for "creating the conditions we describe." We engage in the process of co-research to explore existing alternatives and possibilities for social change.

Alongside talented faculty, MA and PhD students learn how to apply the practice of direct action to the research process. We set out to create the conditions we describe when our research begins to embody the values of the world we want to create.

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