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Anthropology Ph.D. Program

Our doctoral program prepares students for careers in archaeology, biological anthropology, and human ecology. We share a commitment to rigorous quantitative methods and empirical analysis, provide students with personally and professionally enriching field and laboratory experiences, and produce scholars who make a difference in society, both within and outside of academia.

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Student Spotlight
  • Jason De Leon

    PhD in Anthropology

    Dr. Jason De León earned his PhD in Anthropology from Penn State in 2008. He joined the faculty in Anthropology at the University of Michigan in...

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  • Abigail Bigham

    PhD in Anthropology

    Dr. Abigail Bigham earned her PhD in Anthropology from Penn State in 2008. Following her graduation from Penn State, Abigail became a Senior Fellow...

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  • Daniel Parker

    Dual Title PhD Program in Anthropology and Demography

    Dr. Daniel Parker earned his PhD from Penn State in 2014 in the Dual Title PhD Program in Anthropology and Demography. He is currently an Assistant...

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  • Logan Kistler

    PhD in Anthropology

    Dr. Logan Kistler earned his PhD in Anthropology from Penn State in 2012. Following this, he was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology...

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  • Bethany Usher

    PhD in Biological Anthropology

    Dr. Bethany Usher earned her PhD in Biological Anthropology from Penn State in 2000. She is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at...

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  • Rebecca Ferrell

    PhD from Penn State University

    Dr. Rebecca Ferrell earned her PhD from Penn State University in 2003. Upon receiving her doctorate, she was appointed Postdoctoral Fellow in the...

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