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        The New School for Social Research
        Office of Admission
        79 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor
        New York, NY 10003
        212.229.5600 or 800.523.5411

        Department of Anthropology
        6 East 16th Street, Room 926
        New York, NY 10003
        Tel: 212.229.5757 ext. 3016
        Fax: 212.229.5595

        Mailing Address
        79 5th Ave, Room 926
        New York, NY 10003

        Department Chair 
        Ann Stoler

        Senior Secretary
        Charles Whitcroft

        Student Advisor
        Sarah Chant

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    • Through cutting-edge empirical, historical, and ethnographic scholarship, students and faculty in the Department of Anthropology address the urgent social and political problems of the 21st century. Widely regarded as one of the leading anthropology graduate programs in the US, this lively community of active scholars hosts a dynamic intellectual environment with equal emphasis on fieldwork, archival research, and theoretical reflection.

      Since its inception in 1971, the Department of Anthropology has been dedicated to providing the interdisciplinary breadth necessary for innovative research. The department has close relations with the entire faculty of The New School for Social Research and the university as a whole.

      The department fosters an intimate, dynamic intellectual environment in which students can thrive, emphasizing critical reflection at all levels of inquiry. Students explore analytic and social issues through ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, and theoretical reflection, with work characterized by carefully conducted ethnography, innovative research methodologies, and an awareness of the importance of historical context.

      Students can participate in faculty courses and projects developed both individually and in collaboration with other graduate programs and centers at The New School, including:

      • The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility
      • The Graduate Institute of Design, Ethnography, and Social Thought
      • The Center for Research with Infants and Toddlers
      • The Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs
      • Parsons School of Design
      • The India China Institute
      • The Janey Program in Latin American Studies
      • The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies

      Anthropology Degrees

      The Department of Anthropology offers MA and PhD degrees. All anthropology students at The New School enter through the MA program. Students who complete MA requirements with sufficient distinction may apply for admission to the PhD program.

      Featured Courses

      Anthropology is a discipline for which "knowing that" is intricately entwined with "knowing how." We offer a two-track curriculum that explores these two critical approaches. “Perspectives” courses provide different points of view on the objects of anthropological research. “Practices” courses emphasize how to approach these objects-on the basis of ethnographic fieldwork and other research methods.

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