Welcome to the Department of Anthropology

Culture—and basic questions concerning what it means to be human—defines many of the practical issues we’re faced with daily. We’re excited to have you join this conversation.

Anthropologists attempt to understand the complexities of social and cultural life in local and global contexts, past and present. Traditionally, long-term ethnographic and archaeological fieldwork in other societies has been the hallmark of the anthropological study of the human condition, but anthropologists are also cultural critics considering a vast range of issues in their own societies as well. The anthropological perspective makes significant contributions to fields as diverse as health, education, international development, religion, policy, urban studies, indigenous studies, economics and politics.

Department Highlights

Annita Lucchesi

U of L grad student creates database of missing and murdered Indigenous women

As a survivor of domestic and sexual violence and with hundreds of new cases of missing Indigenous women every year, Annita Lucchesi, a University of Lethbridge doctoral student, started a database of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW).

Catherine Kingfisher

Kingfisher explores models of happiness

Dr. Kingfisher is exploring, in a broad sense, the concept of happiness and what kind of constructs in today’s society serve as models for happiness. She does this against a backdrop of neoliberalism that champions the good life but places responsibility on individuals for achieving their own happiness.

James MacKenzie

PUBlic Professor Series: Dr. James MacKenzie

Join anthropology professor, Dr. James MacKenzie, as he explores Being Maya: Reflections on Ethnicity, Religion and Place.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge

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