Our Department

By the Numbers

  • 19 faculty
  • 51 graduate students
  • 280 undergraduate majors (B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Anthropological Sciences)
  • 5 summer field schools in forensic science, bioarchaeology, and archaeology involving 70 students annually
  • 11 research laboratories collectively in archaeology, bioarchaeology, human biology, and ethnography, providing undergraduate and graduate student internships and other learning opportunities
  • Research funding in excess of $3M (2011-2015) in support of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty field- and lab-based research in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa
  • 99% success rate in placing our graduates in Ph.D.-appropriate positions; 80% college/university placement; 50% tenure/tenure-track positions - which is well above the national average.

Our Facilities

Our facilities include a numerous laboratories for research and teaching in archaeology, physical anthropology, and ethnographic research, accommodating the needs of a wide range of research interests, including plant, animal, human remains, and fossils from archaeological and paleontological settings to living people and primates.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Anthropology is committed to the promotion of social, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, and ethnic diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. As part of this agenda, we are committed to promoting not only traditional aspects of diversity, but also pedagogical diversity and to enhance the role of anthropology in encouraging diversity within the College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio State University, and the broader community of the State of Ohio.

Professional Service

Anthropologists at the Ohio State University currently serve or have recently served on:

  • Editorial boards of major journals - American Journal of Physical Anthropology; Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Human Biology
  • National Science Foundation panels - Biological Anthropology Program (McGraw, Piperata); Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Improvement (Cohen, Moritz); Dynamics of Coupled Human and Natural Systems (Moritz); and Committee of Visitors (Larsen)
  • Officers in major national societies and associations - President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Larsen); President of the Dental Anthropology Association (Guatelli-Steinberg); and President of the Society of Economic Anthropology (Cohen); Chair, Section on Anthropology, American Association for the Advancement of Science (Larsen)

Faculty and Staff Awards

Recent faculty and staff awards include:

  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Joan Huber Fellowship Award (Sciulli, Guatelli-Steinberg, McGraw)
  • Colleges of Arts and Sciences Harlan Hatcher Award (Sciulli)
  • University Distinguished Teaching Award (Guatelli-Steinberg)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Larsen, McKee, Stout)
  • Gabriel W. Lasker Distinguished Service Award, American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Larsen)
  • Michael A. Little Early Career Award, Human Biology Association (Piperata)
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award (Cohen, Moritz)
  • National Science Foundation Research Grants (Cohen, Cook, Field, Gremillion, Guatelli-Steinberg, Hubbe, Kitchen, Larsen, McCorriston, McGraw, McKee, Moritz, Yerkes)
  • National Geographic Society (Larsen, McCorriston, Cohen, Moritz)
  • Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study residential fellow (Moritz) 
  • Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research (Willow)
  • American Institute for Yemeni Studies (McCorriston)
  • Sigma Xi National Distinguished Lecturer (Larsen)
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Stout)
  • OSU Distinguished Staff Award (Whipple, Sweasey)
  • OSU Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (Yerkes)

Graduate Awards

Recent graduate student awards include:

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (Betz, Dunham, Schwartz, O'Hara, Enigk, Strong)
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Adams, Spence)
  • OSU Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Service (Kolatorowicz)
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists William S. Pollitzer Award (Nugent, Cole, Dunham, Critcher, Sadvari, Hubbell, Rodriguez, Jarrell, Gregoricka, Spence)
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Young Investigator Award (Hubbell)
  • JPAC-CIL Forensic Science Academy Fellowship (Gocha, McCormick, Ingvoldstad, Cosgriff-Hernandez, Kolatorowicz, Goliath)
  • Margaret H. Hines Award for Best Poster, Injury Biomechanics Symposium (Agnew)
  • Society for American Archaeology Best Student Paper Award (Miller)
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences Student Affiliate Scholarship (Gocha)
  • Wide range of competitive research grant awards, including Sigma Xi, National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation, Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, American Schools for Oriental Research, American Primatological Society, Animal Behavior Society, Primate Society of Great Britain, Society for Economic Anthropology, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Grant-in-Aid of Research, Earth and Space Foundation, Tinker Foundation Field Research, Fulbright Foundation, Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration (American Philosophical Society), PEO Scholar Award, International Primatological Society, Royal Anthropological Institute Ruggles-Gates Biological Anthropology Grant, Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Research