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Department of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies

Department of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies

Welcome to the Department of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies. We bring together The City College of New York’s historic Department of Anthropology, grounded in a four-field approach, with the Women’s Studies Program, a key site for the critical production of gendered analyses, and the International Studies Program, an interdisciplinary major where students select concentrations, including International Relations and Culture and Communication. The Department is an academic and activist space for students committed to engaging issues ranging from global economic inequality in the past and the present, to peace building in war-torn societies, to gender and racial justice globally and locally.  Students can select to major or minor in Anthropology, major in International Studies, and/or minor in Women’s Studies. Dedicated to pursuing an antiracist, intersectional, and anticolonial pedagogy, the Department supports the intellectual and creative pursuits of our students and our faculty as they develop their regional, thematic, and theoretical interests.

Current faculty interests are expansive and represent a commitment to public scholarship: research and teaching that address pressing societal issues that are important to our students and to the diverse communities in which we live and work. With projects centered around social justice issues and concerns, our faculty research the global industrial prison complex, African Diasporas, Latinx and Latin American diasporas, South Asian and Asian American diasporas, the Caribbean, and Archaeology of the modern world. In these realms, faculty are also concerned with health and medicine, refugees and immigrant lives, gender, race, sexuality, and disability.

The Department is perched at an exciting and vital moment in higher education, as it prepares students with the cross-cultural and global perspective necessary for a range of careers from engineering, education, heritage management (i.e. museums and public archaeology) to public health and allied professions. Moreover, Department majors and minors are provided with a firm foundation for graduate work in anthropology, international studies, women’s and gender studies, and related social sciences. Ultimately, The Department of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies assists all students in understanding themselves in the context of their community, nation, and world.