Department of
Anthropology

Should I Stay or Should I Go? How people make decisions about disasters

When a hurricane or other disaster threatens life and home, how do people decide what to do and where to go. The multiple decisions to be made, often at moment’s notice, vary by person and the values they bring their their decision-making. Prof. Kate Browne’s work with survivors of Hurricane Harvey explores how people make these decisions using a new technique called “assemblage theory.”

Spring 2018

Curiosity, Generosity, and New Knowledge

From electronic art to silver mining in Bolivia, the German Enlightenment to Congressional productivity, our faculty are able to extend their research based on donor support from Great Conversations.

Scavenging for clues of our past

For the past 10 years, assistant professor of anthropology Michael Pante has collaborated with other scientists, students, and the local Maasai population to study early human eating behavior (1.7M years ago) in Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania as part of the Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project.

Winter 2017

An anthropological search for belonging and identity

Susan Harness described her childhood as being caught between two worlds – white and American Indian – and estranged from both. Using her education in anthropology, Harness searched for a sense of belonging and acceptance as a transracial adoptee.

Spring 2017

Ethnographic research in virtual worlds

For CSU’s Ethnographic Research and Teaching Laboratory (ERTL), online gaming has become a new field in which to conduct anthropological fieldwork by using an Internet-based reality.

Winter 2016

The ‘welcoming back of a nation’

Jason LaBelle’s research highlights the rich history of indigenous peoples and bison in northern Colorado.

Student receives archaeological training in Belize

Anthropology senior Jesse Bain had the opportunity to participate in the Rio Bravo Archaeological Survey in Belize.