Graduate Studies

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Our graduate program offers courses and research opportunities leading to the M.A. degree. We offer courses in all four subfields of anthropology: physical, cultural, linguistics and archaeology. In addition, we also collaborate with the university to offer an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in museum studies. 

Graduate work in anthropology is designed to prepare you for teaching or research in anthropology and for advanced study. Students will either take a coursework based curriculum with comprehensive exams in all four subfields, or a more focused track with research experience leading to a thesis. Students who wish to pursue the thesis option are strongly encouraged to email potential graduate advisors well in advance of the application deadline to discuss available options for research projects. 

We are able to offer financial support to some of our Masters students through teaching assistantships, which must be applied for separately from the admission application. 

Faculty Accepting Graduate Students

Name Specialty
Dana Bardolph Archaeology, Midwestern U.S., Latin America, paleoethnobotany, foodways, gender equity, ethics
Giovanni Bennardo Linguistic anthropology (code switching, conversation analysis, linguistic ideology
Cognitive anthropology (cultural models)
Mitchell Irwin Primatology/primate ecology
Judy Ledgerwood Cultural Anthropology, Southeast Asia, Cambodia
Emily McKee Nationalism, environment, farming, regional food systems, Middle East, United States
Micah Morton Cultural anthropology; transnationalism, state-minority relations, social movements, religion and politics, spiritual ecology, ethnicity and nationalism and global Indigeneities in and beyond Southeast Asia and Southwest China
Leila Porter primate behavior/primate ecology
Mark Schuller NGO - Caribbean/Latin America
Kendall Thu Applied, food systems, environment, social justice

Graduate 
Advising

Leila Porter, Ph.D.
815-753-5669
lmporter@niu.edu 

Contact Us

Department of Anthropology
Stevens Building Rm 190
815-753-0246
askAnthro@niu.edu