Our anthropology programs promote the exploration of cultural practices and social conditions in diverse contexts throughout the world. The doctoral program is structured around the field of “engaged anthropology”, which emphasizes practical involvement with the social world, through both ethnographic and theoretical analyses of cultural frameworks and social fields that shape interactions amongst humans, and between humans and the environment.
As home to many governmental and non-governmental institutions, Ottawa provides exceptional institutional resources that our students can draw on for their research and career opportunities. Our graduate students may pursue a placement in one such organization, linking this practical work and opportunity for engagement outside the department with their area of interest for their thesis research. The nation’s capital also houses a variety of library, archival and museum collections that provide unique opportunities for those interested in the anthropological study of material culture, art, ethnohistory and historical texts.
Fields of Specialization
- Engaged Anthropology
- Symbolism and culture
- Global development and underdevelopment
- Medical anthropology