Department of Anthropology
Olin Hall 237 (Map)
Akron, OH 44325-1910
Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (summer)
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (fall and spring)
See degree details and course information. We offer three academic options in Anthropology:
UA’s Archaeology Field School is excavating in the Cuyahoga valley. Undergraduate anthropology and geosciences students are learning basic archaeological field techniques, as well as advanced surveying, and recording methods. The location for the field school is a precontact habitation settlement dating to the Middle Woodland (Hopewell) period (c. 100 BC to AD 500). The students have recovered numerous lithic (stone) artifacts from the site. This project is part of a five-year collaborative effort to document the archaeology of the Summit MetroParks and is directed by Dr. Timothy Matney and Maeve Marino of the Department of Anthropology.
Shawn "Andrews contacted the University of Akron and consulted with faculty member Maeve Marino from the anthropology department and professor John A. Peck from the geosciences department. The historical society also is conducting research with Krista Horrocks from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office."
Mark J. Price
This presentation was given by Polina Vlasenko, IU alumna and Visiting Assistant Professor/Anthropology, University of Akron. It was part of the "Russia's Attack on Ukraine" Teach-In, March 3, 2022.
Dr. Polina Vlasenko
Dr. Elena Popa, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, presented her paper titled, "Symbolic Capital and Exclusion: A Case Study of Romanian Migrant Women in France," at the 28th International Conference of Europeanists, organized by the Council for European Studies. Visit Council for European Studies for more information about the conference and the program.
Dr. Elena Popa, visiting assistant professor of Anthropology, published an article in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. The journal is ranked number one in Demography and number one in Ethnic Studies, according to Web of Science. A copy of the article can be found here.
Documentary edited by UA students tells the history of unmarked graves at Akron's Schneider Park. The park’s sad, cruel history has inspires actors, writers, documentarians to revive ‘Forgotten Dead’.
Anthropologist Heidi Larson (pictured right) leads in shifting relationships between governments, international health organizations, and people to promote understanding and use of vaccines.
Offering lessons for how anthropology helps solve problems in many contexts between people with different backgrounds and differing access to power, Larson emphasizes engagement with communities. “Building trust,” Larson says, “is an everyday action, one that requires a shift in mindset, not a whole new set of operating instructions.”
Local archaeologists including our own UA archaeology professor Timothy Matney, are working to complete a geophysical survey of the site. The site, purchased by the Summit Metro Parks in October 2016, is the former Valley View Golf Club.