Anthropology is the comparative study of peoples and cultures past and present. The UI Department of Anthropology offers training in the discipline's four major subfields—cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology—as well as in topical areas such as medical anthropology, feminist anthropology, palaeoanthropology, European archaeology, and environmental anthropology.
The Department of Anthropology at The University of Iowa was founded in 1969 under the leadership of June Helm (1924-2004). Since then, the Department has grown substantially and enhanced both its national and international reputation. There are currently 18 faculty members in Anthropology, of which 17 represent the four subfields, and 1 teaches in Museum Studies. Our faculty members have served as presidents of the American Anthropological Association, the Society of Economic Anthropology, and the Society for Cultural Anthropology, and as editors of Medical Anthropology Quarterly and the American Ethnologist. The Department also maintains close ties with the Office of the State Archaeologist, the Museum of Natural History, International Programs, and the College of Public Health.