• Why Anthropology

    • Anthropology is a social sciences major that explores human diversity in both the present and the past. The major emphasizes ethnographic fieldwork and description as a perspective and as a disposition towards understanding ways of life and human action taking place in our increasingly interconnected world.

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    • Our Students

    • Anthropology attracts a diverse set of students with a wide range of interests. Get to know them today!

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    • Our Faculty

    • Anthropology features a diverse faculty with expertise in a wide range of topics and regions. Get to know them today!

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    • Our Alumni

    • Anthropology students have gone on to do a diverse number of things and hold a wide number of positions. Get to know them today!

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  • 21 August 2019

    Prof. Cecilia Van Hollen has just published the paper 2019 May the Vital Force Be with You: An Indian homeopathic doctor’s approach to the gendered ills of our time. In Arima Mishra, ed. Local Health Traditions: Pluralism and Marginality in South Asia. Delhi: Orient Blackswan: 291-310. Congratulations, Prof. Van Hollen!

  • 13 July 2019

    Congratulations to Senior and Anthropology major Audrey Lim ’20 on her featured article in the Straits Times! In the article Audrey talks about how she found and connected with anthropology through her semester abroad in the Indian Himalayan region, and how she hopes to use her anthropological skills to combat inequality and social violence in the future.

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  • 05 April 2019

    Congratulations to our Anthropology Majors in the Class of 2019 for finishing your capstones! You have worked so hard on your year-long projects and should be proud of what you have accomplished.

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Latest Events

4 November 2019 (Mon) , 4:30pm-6:00pm
After Labor
This talk is given by Profs. John and Jean Comaroff, visiting professors from Harvard University. Concern has been st...
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18 October 2019 (Fri) , 9:00am-5:00pm
Changing (In)fertilities in Asia and Beyond
Exciting upcoming conference on Changing (In)Fertilities in Asia and Beyond, organized by Dr. Marcia Inhorn (Yale Uni...
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30 August 2019 (Fri) , 4:00pm-5:30pm
Buddhist Territoriality and Pneumatic Encroachment...
Dr. Neena Mahadev is giving a talk on Buddhist-Pentecostal Rivalries over sovereignty, sanctity and soil at NUS AS8 #...
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17 October 2019 (Thu) , 12-1pm
Revolution at the Limits of Law: Ideology, Juristo...
This talk will examine the confluence of law, ideology, and social change based on a long-term ethnographic study of ...
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    • Assistant Professor
    • Zachary Howlett
    What are the best reasons to study Anthropology at Yale-NUS?

    Anthropology has been described as the most humanistic of the sciences and the most scientific of the humanities. Combining scientific rigor with humanistic imagination, anthropology embodies the best of what a liberal arts education has to offer. In the Anthropology major, you’ll learn valuable methods of analysis that will enable you to appreciate the full complexity of cultural phenomena. But you’ll also keep your eyes on the big picture, maintaining a truly expansive view of what it means to be human. In these ways, Anthropology provides great preparation for the professional and social challenges that you’ll face as leaders in the 21st century.

    • Assistant Professor
    • Neena Mahadev
    What is the disciplinary perspective of Anthropology?

    Anthropology is commonly introduced to students as a way of understanding cultural difference that involves “making the familiar strange, and the making the strange familiar.” To understand other ways of being, knowing, and doing, anthropologists work to challenge the assumptions of the social worlds we ordinarily inhabit, and become familiar with forms of social life that might otherwise appear as “irrational” or strange. This perspectivalism powerfully gives credence to other ways of being, knowing, doing, and aspiring.