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Dr. Janet Hoskins
HMNSS 1500




Department of Anthropology
1334 Watkins Hall
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA. 92521-0418


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UCR Anthropology is committed to a socially engaged, critical anthropology that recognizes the importance of the sometimes contradictory unity of approaches to understanding the human condition in all its dimensions. It has a finely tuned sense of historical temporality that views change as normal as reproduction. It takes account of the existence and potential significance of the variability and diversity of human beings, as both social and natural beings in space, place, and time. It provides culture, ensembles of social relations, and the human body itself with sociohistorial contingency. It does not separate the historical development of human societies or the human species from the events, contradictions, and forces that shaped their development in time and space. It knows that human activity can effect significant change as witnessed by the diverse array of societies that existed in the past and continue to form the present. It acknowledges the complex interrelations of consciousness, communication, and the subjectivity of individuals in particular sets of social relations. It engages rather than shies away from the critical social, moral, and political issues of the day. It knows that people occasionally do make their own history, and that some trajectories of change potentially have better outcomes than others.

The faculty and students are committed to an integrated and integrating concept of the discipline. They view the traditional subfields—applied, archaeological, sociocultural, biological, and linguistic anthropology--as cross cut by foci that bring faculty and students together in ways that reinforce the unity of the discipline rather than its divisions. The foci articulate contemporary or emerging concerns among anthropologists and the wider public.


Tenure-track Position in Biological Anthropology

Tenure-track Position in Linguistic Anthropology

Part-time Lecturer Positions for the 2014-15 Academic Year


In the News (2014-15)

Susan Ossman receives an NEA award for her "On the Line" project.

Derick Fay receives Public Anthropology's Paul Farmer Global Citizenship Award.

Yolanda Moses receives Ford Foundation grant for the project, Women and University Leadership in Post-Conflict and Transitional Societies.

Susan Ossman’s artwork will be featured at the “Hanging Out” exhibition at the Afterimage gallery in Riverside from February 26- March 12.

Christina Schwenkel is awarded a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin.

Tom Patterson’s new book, From Acorns to Warehouses: Historical Political Economy of Southern California's Inland Empire, is released by Left Coast Press and featured in the Press Enterprise.

Wendy Ashmore receives invitation to deliver the 40th Distinguished Lecture for the Journal of Anthropological Research.

Karl Taube receives an NEH award for his project, "The San Bartolo Mural Fragments Project: Murals in Motion."


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