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Anthropology Commencement Spring 2021

Tuesday May 18th, 2021 at 10am PST

Information to our Commencement can be found

The Commencement YouTube link can be found here

The Commencement Program can be found here:

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An Education in Anthropology

Anthropologists study human beings from every time period, in every way possible, and in all their complexity. Click here to learn more about what a degree in Anthropology can do for you.

The Department of Anthropology at Berkeley has long been ranked among the top five departments in the United States.

Berkeley Anthropologists have a history of innovation and leadership in emergent areas of the discipline, whether conducting their research in modern biological labs, in globalizing villages throughout the world, or at places being developed as sites of cultural heritage and national identity. The Berkeley faculty includes the largest number of winners of the J. I. Staley Prize(link is external), awarded annually to an outstanding anthropology book by a living author, the only discipline-wide award in anthropology.

Chair’s letter of Solidarity with the People of Palestine

As the Chair of the Anthropology Department, I write to express solidarity with the Palestinian people as they struggle and persevere in the face of the many forms of violence imposed on them by the Israeli state in the course of its illegal expropriation of their lands, a project carried out with unwavering American financial, military, and political support for over 70 years now. What would have to happen in the US for Americans to be able to say, ‘Palestinian Lives Matter,’ as many have learned to embrace ‘Black Lives Matter,’ and thus to acknowledge the devastation to Palestinian lives that has so long been countenanced and enabled by the American public?  Today, this country is coming to awareness of the devastation produced in African-America lives by the legacy of slavery, and a crucial public debate is taking shape, including in our university and in this department. In the same reparative spirit, we should be able to say ‘Palestinian Lives Matter.’  Yet this phrase remains almost unspeakable within our dominant public arenas. Of course, many of the activists involved in BLM have recognized the connection between their own struggle and that of the Palestinians, and have spoken forcefully against the current escalation of violence by Israel. (


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(The Chair's Letter reflects the opinion of the Chair alone and does not represent the view of the department on a whole)


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Paul Rabinow (June 21, 1944 – April 6, 2021)


 It is with a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Paul Rabinow, on Tuesday April 6th. Paul’s many contributions to the life of our department, and to the discipline of anthropology, over the last five decades are vast and his intellectual legacy will continue to instruct and inspire new generations of anthropologists for years to come. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Paul’s family and to his many friends around the world. He will be greatly missed.


Paul Rabinow est Mort: A Memoir

Nancy Scheper-Hughes 



A Conversation with Anand Pandian '04

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In this conversation, Anand Pandian, Professor and Department Chair of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University and alumnus of the Department of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, and PhD student Justin Greene speak about ecologies, ethnographies, and anthropological educations.

A Conversation with William White

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In this conversation, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Bill White and PhD student Justin Greene speak about the path from astronomy to archaeology, Boise, community engagement, and the desire for happiness.

A Conversation with Daena Funahashi

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In this conversation, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Daena Funahashi and PhD student Justin Greene speak about the why of anthropology, Bataille, “crazy medicine,” and Dionysian “de-struction.”