Anthropology is the study of humans in all our social, cultural, linguistic and biological diversity and complexity.  The four subfields of Anthropology (Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology) are united by shared perspectives on how we study the full breadth of humanity.  

Our four-field areas of research focus on: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology.  These subfields create the basis for our graduate program (PhD and Masters degree) as well as our undergraduate modules and courses.

As Anthropologists, we acknowledge and respect the longstanding relationship that Indigenous Nations have to this land and continue to honour and work collaboratively with the Indigenous communities through our work to improve understandings across cultures and work toward equitable relationships.

Collaborative Programs with Anthropology at Western are: Musculoskeletal Health, Transitional Justice; Environment & Sustainability and Migration & Ethnic Relations.


News and Updates

Shrunken Head is human

Confirming Museum Shruken Head as Human

Lauren Poeta, MA student, co-authors paper confirming museum shrunken head as human, helping to preserve and understand Indigenous history. Content Warning.  Article contains digital visualizations of Ancestral human remains. 

Pam Block - Caregivers

Supporting Mutual Care Relationships 

Funding from the Canadian Centre of Caregiving Excellence provides support for research (by co-investigator Pam Block) on primary caregivers of disabled or autistic sibilngs and how it impacts mutual care relationships. 


Haiti Beyond Crisis - an aritcle written by Greg Beckett & Laura Wagner

This article in the series suggests new ways to understand the current situation in Haiti and poses questions about what is and isn't happening in Haiti right now.