What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human.

Anthropos – Human (Greek), Logy – The study of (Greek)

There are many ways to study humankind—from our lived experiences, material culture, biology, evolutionary history, languages, our primate relatives, and more!

Anthropology is holistic

In anthropology, we study humankind broadly and deeply, acknowledging the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach. Anthropologists may collect qualitative data, quantitative data, or both during their research.

Anthropology is partnered

There is an emphasis on working with communities during anthropological research. Our goal should be to collect data in partnership with people across the world and to form empowering relationships with them. This is certainly true of social-cultural research, but it is also true for the primatological, archaeological, forensic, and evolutionary research conducted alongside these communities.

Anthropology is also reflexive—which means we actively examine our own experiences and biases to best reflect our observations in an accurate and respectful way.

About Me

I am a biological anthropologist with an interdisciplinary interest in the relationships between our bones and our lived experiences. Ethical practice is at the forefront of my current research, which seeks to improve access and empowerment in forensic anthropological projects.

I started this personal blog during my PhD to help friends and family stay up to date with my work—my opinions are my own.