About Us

About Us


Our professors are highly accomplished anthropologists who enjoy national and international reputations as top scholars, amazing teachers and friendly colleagues. Anthropologists at John Jay conduct research and write about important issues in the world, such as ethnic violence, inequality, genocide and war; urban poverty, homelessness, illicit drug dealing, tobacco and e-cigarettes, and teenage prostitution; urbanization, mass transit systems, and neighborhood revitalization; political prisoners and the Military-Enforcement Normal; international development and resource extraction projects; and oil production, timber, mining, environmental politics and microfinance.

Our professors are engaged in research projects that take them from Palestine to Poland, from the streets of New York and courtrooms in the U.S. to the transit systems of Taiwan, and from post-communist Eurasia (Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Georgia, and the Czech Republic) to the Indian Ocean republics of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Puerto Rico, and Colombia.




The Department of Anthropology is dedicated to nurturing responsible, skilled, multicultural citizens of today’s urbanized, globalized, transcultural world. We prepare students for the social complexity and cultural changes associated with globalization, exploding social media use, and urbanization.  

Ethnographies written by our students!


The Department of Anthropology hosts two majors and one minor

The Anthropology major emphasizes cultural, urban and linguistic anthropology, language and culture, global political economy, cultural formations of inequality and social justice, and active engagement with evidence-based social policy.

The Culture and Deviance Studies major is designed to provide students with a basic interdisciplinary understanding of important social problems and institutional responses to treat and control them.

The Anthropology minor: Students may also minor in Anthropology for those who wish to complement other areas of study.