The Department’s 20 tenure-track faculty teach in four subfields with graduate programs in Ethnology, Archaeology, Public Archeology, and Evolutionary Anthropology. There is an annual Southwestern Archaeology field school. Faculty and students conduct field research projects throughout New Mexico and the Southwest, Mexico, Central and South America, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Basin.
UNM Anthropology is one of the largest programs in the country, ranking among the best in graduate education, providing diverse student opportunities for field and laboratory training, and producing new and exciting research, scholarship, and creativity. Anthropology is a premier program at UNM, central to the University’s mission, and serving to enhance and strengthen public education in the State.
The graduate degrees in Anthropology were conferred in 1931-32. John Adair, a notable visual anthropologist, was awarded the first PhD in 1948. Since then Anthropology has awarded more than 400 doctorates. Our graduates teach at more than 100 universities and colleges in the US and internationally.