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Graduate Anthropology Program


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Current Faculty Research Projects

  • Mobility, subsistence, and territoriality of Paleo Indian and Archaic hunters of the Plains; faunal analysis (Bement)
  • Bioarchaeology, archaeology of death, osteology, human remains, cremations, forensic anthropology, embodiment, social identity (Cerezo-Román)
  • Archaeology and ethnography of the Pueblo Southwest; landscape and human-environment interactions; indigenous archaeologies, cosmology and religion, ceramics, archaeometry, public education (Duwe)
  • Archaeological geophysics; social organization and labor mobilization of Mississippian societies; Caddo archaeology in eastern Oklahoma; experimental archaeology; ceramics (Hammerstedt)
  • Ancient pyrotechnologies, archaeological sciences, complex societies of the old and new worlds, sub-Saharan Africa, trade and exchange networks, provenance studies of archaeological Materials, Africa and South and East Asia (Fenn)
  • Political economy and social inequality in prehispanic Mesoamerica; household archaeology and urbanism at Postclassic Tututepec, Oaxaca; museum anthropology; antiquities trade (Levine)
  • Social and political change in the late prehistoric southeast; origins of social inequality, complex societies, ceramics, computer and quantitative methods in archaeology (Livingood)
  • Paleoamerican use of the Southern and Middle Rocky Mountains and Oklahoma’s upland environments; developing a quartzite-sourcing protocol; lithic technology and analysis; public archaeology and museum anthropology (Pitblado)
  • Early monuments in the Southeast; hunter-gatherer social histories and landscape use; shell mound archaeology in Florida; remote sensing (Randall)
  • Caddoan societies of the Red River Valley in Oklahoma; Mississippian/Protohistoric transition in the Southeast; ceramic analysis; multivariate statistical analysis (Regnier)

We expect that a graduate student focusing in archaeology will have had an archaeological field school or the equivalent in field training before matriculation.

The Ph.D. program requirements include 61 hours of course work, 29 hours of dissertation research, a general exam, and a dissertation. Students who have obtained an M.A. degree in anthropology may count up to 30 hours from the MA towards the Ph.D.

The M.A. program requires 25-28 hours of coursework, including three core courses, and 2-5 hours of thesis credit. A thesis is required. Faculty focus on the Greater Southwest, the Plains, and the Southeast, as well as power relations, social change, human ecology, cultural ecology, ideology, and inequality. Students may participate in the many field research opportunities with faculty members. Faculty also provide specialized training in the analysis of various artifacts such as architecture, ceramics, lithics, faunal materials, and paleoethnobotany.

Please see the OU Course Catalog for a list of anthropology courses. Please click here to see the courses offered during the current and upcoming semester.