Find out more about the greatest American Anthropologists, including Joseph Campbell, Ann Dunham, Margaret Mead, Zora Neale Hurston and Franz Boas.
Ann DunhamAnn Dunham
29 November 1942
Barack Obama's Mother
Zora Neale HurstonZora Neale Hurston
07 January 1891
Folklorist, Anthropologist

Margaret MeadMargaret Mead
16 December 1901
Cultural Anthropologist

Carlos CastanedaCarlos Castaneda
25 December 1925
Author

Franz BoasFranz Boas
09 July 1858
Anthropologist

Paul FarmerPaul Farmer
26 October 1959
 
John Wesely PowellJohn Wesley Powell
24 March 1834
Explorer, Geologist

Alfred KroeberAlfred L. Kroeber
11 June 1876
Cultural Anthropologist

Alan DundesAlan Dundes
08 September 1934
Folklorist
Christopher Johnson McCandlessChris McCandless
12 February 1968
American adventurer

Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs
07 July 1948
Writer
Jim Yong KimJim Yong Kim
08 December 1959
Physician

David GraeberDavid Graeber
12 February 1961
Anthropologist, University teacher, Writer, Trade

Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
09 May 1904
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist,

Madison GrantMadison Grant
19 November 1865
Lawyer, Anthropologist, Racial theorist,

Edward S. CurtisEdward S. Curtis
16 February 1868
Photographer, Anthropologist
Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
23 August 1926
Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
05 June 1887
Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher,

Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
29 June 1883
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,

Spencer WellsSpencer Wells
06 April 1969
Geneticist
Robert RipleyRobert Ripley
25 December 1890
Cartoonist

Edward T. HallEdward T. Hall
16 May 1914
Anthropologist, Sociologist, University teacher
William John McGeeWilliam John McGee
17 April 1853
Explorer, Anthropologist, University teacher

Edward SapirEdward Sapir
26 January 1884
Anthropologist, Linguist, Sociolinguist,

Talal AsadTalal Asad
1933 AD
anthropologist
Gayle RubinGayle Rubin
1949 AD
Anthropologist, university teacher, essayist, LGBT

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
30 October 1840
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,
Carleton S. CoonCarleton S. Coon
23 June 1904
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian

Robert RedfieldRobert Redfield
04 December 1897
Anthropologist

Arjun AppaduraiArjun Appadurai
04 February 1949
anthropologist, sociologist
Benjamin Lee WhorfBenjamin Lee Whorf
24 April 1897
Anthropologist, Linguist

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Marshall SahlinsMarshall Sahlins
27 December 1930
Anthropologist, Educationist, University teacher
Ashley MontaguAshley Montagu
28 June 1905
Anthropologist, University teacher

Johnnetta ColeJohnnetta Cole
19 October 1936
Anthropologist and educator

Napoleon ChagnonNapoleon Chagnon
1938 AD
anthropologist, university teacher

Loren EiseleyLoren Eiseley
03 September 1907
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Poet
Walter J. OngWalter J. Ong
30 November 1912
Anthropologist, Historian, Writer, University
Marvin HarrisMarvin Harris
18 August 1927
Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist

Harold CourlanderHarold Courlander
 

Michael TomaselloMichael Tomasello
18 January 1950
Anthropologist, Psychologist

Donald JohansonDonald Johanson
28 June 1943
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian,
Dell HymesDell Hymes
07 June 1927
Anthropologist, Linguist, University teacher,

Earnest HootonEarnest Hooton
20 November 1887
Anthropologist

Eric WolfEric Wolf
01 February 1923
Anthropologist

Eugenie ScottEugenie Scott
24 October 1945
Anthropologist, University teacher

Pearl PrimusPearl Primus
29 November 1919
Dancer
Sidney MintzSidney Mintz
16 November 1922
Anthropologist, University teacher

Melville J. HerskovitsMelville J. Herskovits
10 September 1895
Anthropologist
George MurdockGeorge Murdock
11 May 1897
Anthropologist

Lewis BinfordLewis Binford
11 November 1931
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, prehistorian,

Nancy Scheper-HughesNancy Scheper-Hughes
25 September 1944
anthropologist
Leslie WhiteLeslie White
19 January 1900
Anthropologist

Philippe BourgoisPhilippe Bourgois
1956 AD
anthropologist
Ralph LintonRalph Linton
27 February 1893
Anthropologist

Frances DensmoreFrances Densmore
21 May 1867
Anthropologist

Sherry OrtnerSherry Ortner
19 September 1941
Anthropologist, University teacher

Lee Rogers BergerLee Rogers Berger
22 December 1965
Paleoanthropologist

Clyde KluckhohnClyde Kluckhohn
11 January 1905
Anthropologist
Scott AtranScott Atran
1952 AD
anthropologist, political scientist

Tim D. WhiteTim D. White
24 August 1950
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian,

Colin TurnbullColin Turnbull
23 November 1924
Anthropologist

Julian StewardJulian Steward
31 January 1902
Anthropologist
Elman ServiceElman Service
18 May 1915
Anthropologist

Aleš HrdličkaAleš Hrdlička
29 March 1869
Anthropologist
Oliver La FargeOliver La Farge
19 December 1901
Writer

William Z. RipleyWilliam Z. Ripley
13 October 1867
Economist

Alice Cunningham FletcherAlice Cunningham Fletcher
15 March 1838
Anthropologist
Robert LowieRobert Lowie
12 June 1883
Anthropologist

Ella Cara DeloriaElla Cara Deloria
31 January 1889
Educator
Lewis Henry MorganLewis Henry Morgan
21 November 1818
 

Frank Hamilton CushingFrank Hamilton Cushing
22 July 1857
Anthropologist

Elsie Clews ParsonsElsie Clews Parsons
27 November 1875
Anthropologist
Clyde SnowClyde Snow
07 January 1928
Anthropologist

Kenneth Lee PikeKenneth Lee Pike
09 June 1912
Linguist
W. Lloyd WarnerW. Lloyd Warner
26 October 1898
Anthropologist

Franz WeidenreichFranz Weidenreich
07 June 1873
Anthropologist

Hortense PowdermakerHortense Powdermaker
24 December 1900
Cultural anthropologist

Paul RadinPaul Radin
02 April 1883
Anthropologist
William Henry HolmesWilliam Henry Holmes
01 December 1846
Explorer
Clark WisslerClark Wissler
18 September 1870
Anthropologist

William BascomWilliam Bascom
23 May 1912
Anthropologist

Akbar S. AhmedAkbar S. Ahmed
1943 AD
anthropologist, diplomat, writer, university

John R. SwantonJohn R. Swanton
19 February 1873
Anthropologist
Marjorie ShostakMarjorie Shostak
11 May 1945
Anthropologist

Sol TaxSol Tax
30 October 1907
Anthropologist

Robert John BraidwoodRobert John Braidwood
29 July 1907
Archaeologists

Francis La FlescheFrancis La Flesche
25 December 1857
Ethnologist

Arpad VassArpad Vass
30 August 1959
Anthropologist
Géza RóheimGéza Róheim
12 September 1891
Psychoanalyst

Frank SpeckFrank Speck
08 November 1881
Anthropologist
Edward Winslow GiffordEdward Winslow Gifford
14 August 1887
Anthropology

William R. MaplesWilliam R. Maples
07 August 1937
Anthropologist
Alfred Irving HallowellAlfred Irving Hallowell
28 December 1892
Anthropologist
Frederic Ward PutnamFrederic Ward Putnam
16 April 1839
Anthropologist