The Department of Anthropology upholds The New School’s commitment to critical social inquiry. Since its inception in 1971, the department has fostered cutting-edge empirical, historical, and ethnographic scholarship. Long committed to the interdisciplinary breadth necessary for innovative research, the department builds on its close relations with the entire faculty of The New School for Social Research and of the university as a whole.
As a leading department for graduate anthropology studies in the United States, we emphasize critical reflection at all levels of inquiry. We are a small, lively group of scholars and students who thrive in a dynamic intellectual environment that fosters inventive scholarship. Our work is characterized by carefully conducted ethnography, innovative research methodologies, and an awareness of the importance of history.
Students explore analytic and social issues through ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, and theoretical reflection. They participate in courses and projects developed by our faculty individually, such as the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, the Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought, and the Center for Research with Infants and Toddlers, and in collaboration with other programs at The New School, in particular the Graduate Program in International Affairs, Parsons School of Design, and the India China Institute. They often take advantage of our close ties to the Janey Program in Latin American Studies and the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies. Students who are interested in classes not available at The New School can take courses through the New York City Inter-University Doctoral Consortium.
All students enter the Department of Anthropology through the MA program. After completing 30 credits and passing the master's examination, they are eligible to apply for admission to the doctoral program. Spaces in the doctoral program are limited; not all students who apply are accepted into the program.
Our graduate students have been accepted into anthropology PhD programs at the following universities: Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, The CUNY Graduate Center, Duke University, Fordham University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University, UC Davis, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of London, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Washington in St. Louis, UC Santa Cruz, and York University.
Several faculty members have been involved in a co-organized workshop with LOST Research Group - Measures of Future Health: Techno-science, Signification, Ethics (PDF)
NSSR Anthropology Newsletter - Summer 2016 (PDF)
NSSR Anthropology Newsletter - Summer 2015 (PDF)
NSSR Anthropology Lecture Series 2015-16 (PDF)
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