Dr. Irina Carlota (Lotti) Silber (Chair): isilber@ccny.cuny.edu
Professor Matthew Reilly (Anthropology Advisor): mreilly@ccny.cuny.edu  
Ms. Natalie Meyers: nmeyers@ccny.cuny.edu or (212) 650 - 7350 (available 9a.m. - 5p.m.)
Ms. Sherri Ureña: surena@ccny.cuny.edu or (212) 650 - 8663 (available 10a.m. - 5p.m.)

Registration for Summer and Fall 2020 classes is OPEN!

Although everyone in the Department of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies is working remotely, we are here to help you through the registration process! We encourage you to get in touch with us!

First, please review the following important information:

  • Registration takes place through CUNYfirst. You cannot register before your appointment. Log into your CUNYfirst account to find your registration appointment.
  • While logged into CUNYfirst, double-check that your email address is listed correctly in the system. That address is where the College sends essential information, so make sure it is correct and that you check it regularly—especially now that everything is taking place remotely!
  • While logged into CUNYfirst, make sure you do not have any holds on your account. You will not be able to register for classes until all holds have been lifted. For tuition (BIH) holds, contact the Bursar: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/bursar For academic probation holds, contact Assistant Dean Foster: kfoster@ccny.cuny.edu
  • Classes listed as “CWE” or “CWNT” or with course numbers ending in “04” are offered by the downtown Center for Worker Education, not by our department.
  • If a class you’d like to take is full, please continue checking CUNYfirst to see if a seat opens up. If a seat does not become available and you would like to request an overtally, we will begin reviewing overtally requests on Tuesday, August 11, 2020. (Please do not send any requests prior to August 11!) To request an overtally, send an email with the following information to Prof. Muir: smuir@ccny.cuny.edu
  1.  your full name and EMPLID
  2.  the course number and title
  3.  why you are requesting the overtally4) your email address

We cannot guarantee approval for overtally requests, so be sure to have a backup plan. We will send an email with the decision by August 21 (classes start on August 26). If your request is approved, you will need to register for the class in CUNYfirst, so be sure to check your email regularly during this period.

Second, please get in touch with us to discuss your Summer and Fall courses. We can also help you address other questions you might have. Send an email with your EMPLID and a description of your question to the appropriate person:

Anthropology: Prof. Reilly mreilly@ccny.cuny.edu

Women’s and Gender Studies: Prof. Angel-Ajani aangelajani@ccny.cuny.edu

International Studies: Sherri Ureña surena@ccny.cuny.edu (She will either answer your question or set up an appointment for you to discuss it with Prof. Muir: smuir@ccny.cuny.edu )

General requirements: Colin Powell School Advisors—Find their names and email addresses on the website: https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/colinpowellschool/advising

Other concerns, email the department CUNY Assistant: Ms. Natalie Meyers nmeyers@ccny.cuny.edu ; or the Department Chair: Dr. Irina Carlota (Lotti) Silber  isilber@ccny.cuny.edu


    •    Academic support and tutoring--Email Prof. Rivkin,  grivkin@ccny.cuny.edu
    •    Writing center --There are online consultations available; for more information, visit the website.
    •    CR/NCR option for Spring 2020 classes: During the Spring 2020 semester, all students have the option to convert the letter grades (A-F) they earn to a Credit/No Credit grading (CR/NCR). You should consult with a financial aid and an academic advisor before exercising the CR/NCR option to make sure you understand the potential impact it can have on your financial aid, your GPA, and academic progress.  For more information, read the CUNY-wide policy.
    •    Professional development services with The City Tutors--For help with your resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile, fill out this google form to get started.  
    •    Food pantry--To gain access on weekdays, call 212-650-8844 and someone will meet you at the pantry, located in Hoffman Lounge (1st floor of the NAC)
    •    Laptops and tablets--Send an email to iMEDIA to make a request: imedia@ccny.cuny.edu
    •    Emergency grants--The Colin Powell School has emergency relief grants available. Email Charlene Darbassie ( cdarbassie@ccny.cuny.edu ) to request the application. The application process is fast and streamlined. 
    •    Additional resources, including stress management, peer counseling, financial support, and other services--Consult this continually updated document.



Anthropology explores the widest possible definition of human diversity through research, history and comparative analysis to better comprehend future trends as well.

Anthropologists test hypotheses largely through fieldwork. The program at City College is designed to offer students a background in the four fields of the discipline:

  • Archaeology

  • Sociocultural Anthropology

  • Linguistic Anthropology

  • Physical Anthropology

Our Department Mission

Within the Department, students may focus specifically on Anthropology, the holistic study of people across time and space. Studying humans as both biological and cultural beings affected by their environment, anthropology is inherently interdisciplinary, bridging the humanities, arts, natural sciences, and social sciences. Within this wider field, Anthropology at The City College of New York has refined its focus to specialize in the study of inequality and social justice within urban contexts and rural divides and through time. Focusing on migration, diasporas, transnationalism, global racial patterns, refugees in the world system, colonialism, whiteness, debt, and political economy, Anthropology at CCNY is concerned with issues of representation, identity, citizenship, and exclusion, as well as race, ethnicity, class, religion, and gender.

With this focus, the study of Anthropology plays a vital role within the College. It can provide a theoretical and methodological center for various interdisciplinary programs at the College, such as Black Studies, Asian Studies, Middle East and North Africa Studies, Latin American and Latino Studies, and International Studies. It can also provide the cross-cultural perspective necessary for students planning careers in other fields, including engineering, architecture, education, heritage management (i.e. museums and public archaeology), international development and international relations, journalism, medicine, and public health, social work, and allied professions. All of these fields require knowledge of social interaction, respect for cultural differences and histories, and a commitment to public and community engagement. This focus also serves majors and minors well, providing a firm foundation for graduate work for those who choose to go on in the field. Most importantly, it provides all students with a framework for understanding themselves in the context of their community, nation, and world.

Dr. Irina Carlota (Lotti) Silber

North Academic Center
Room 7/112 B
e:  isilber@ccny.cuny.edu

Office Hours: 

By Appointment 


Adviser to Anthropology students
Dr. Matthew Reilly

North Academic Center
Room 7/113A
e: mreilly@ccny.cuny.edu
Office hours:
Online by appointment​

Departmental Office Assistant
Natalie Meyers

North Academic Center
Room 7/112
p: 212.650.7350
e:  nmeyers@ccny.cuny.edu