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

Alan DundesAlan Dundes
08 September 1934
Folklorist

Alfred KroeberAlfred L. Kroeber
11 June 1876
Cultural Anthropologist
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

Joe Medicine CrowJoe Medicine Crow
27 October 1913
Anthropologist, Historian, Author, Non-fiction

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

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

Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
23 August 1926
Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Gayle RubinGayle Rubin
1949 AD
Anthropologist, university teacher, essayist, LGBT

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

Edward S. CurtisEdward S. Curtis
16 February 1868
Photographer, Anthropologist

Madison GrantMadison Grant
19 November 1865
Lawyer, Anthropologist, Racial theorist,
Robert RipleyRobert Ripley
25 December 1890
Cartoonist

Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
29 June 1883
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,
Edward T. HallEdward T. Hall
16 May 1914
Anthropologist, Sociologist, University teacher

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
30 October 1840
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,

Edward SapirEdward Sapir
26 January 1884
Anthropologist, Linguist, Sociolinguist,
William John McGeeWilliam John McGee
17 April 1853
Explorer, Anthropologist, University teacher

Arjun AppaduraiArjun Appadurai
04 February 1949
anthropologist, sociologist
Spencer WellsSpencer Wells
06 April 1969
Geneticist

Robert RedfieldRobert Redfield
04 December 1897
Anthropologist

Benjamin Lee WhorfBenjamin Lee Whorf
24 April 1897
Anthropologist, Linguist
Talal AsadTalal Asad
1933 AD
anthropologist

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Marshall SahlinsMarshall Sahlins
27 December 1930
Anthropologist, Educationist, University teacher
Napoleon ChagnonNapoleon Chagnon
1938 AD
anthropologist, university teacher

Marvin HarrisMarvin Harris
18 August 1927
Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist

Carleton S. CoonCarleton S. Coon
23 June 1904
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian

Walter J. OngWalter J. Ong
30 November 1912
Anthropologist, Historian, Writer, University
Ashley MontaguAshley Montagu
28 June 1905
Anthropologist, University teacher
Harold CourlanderHarold Courlander
 

Dell HymesDell Hymes
07 June 1927
Anthropologist, Linguist, University teacher,

Loren EiseleyLoren Eiseley
03 September 1907
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Poet

Donald JohansonDonald Johanson
28 June 1943
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian,
Eric WolfEric Wolf
01 February 1923
Anthropologist

Michael TomaselloMichael Tomasello
18 January 1950
Anthropologist, Psychologist

Pearl PrimusPearl Primus
29 November 1919
Dancer

Earnest HootonEarnest Hooton
20 November 1887
Anthropologist

Melville J. HerskovitsMelville J. Herskovits
10 September 1895
Anthropologist
Lewis BinfordLewis Binford
11 November 1931
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, prehistorian,

Sidney MintzSidney Mintz
16 November 1922
Anthropologist, University teacher
George MurdockGeorge Murdock
11 May 1897
Anthropologist

Leslie WhiteLeslie White
19 January 1900
Anthropologist

Eugenie ScottEugenie Scott
24 October 1945
Anthropologist, University teacher
Johnnetta ColeJohnnetta Cole
19 October 1936
Anthropologist and educator

Sherry OrtnerSherry Ortner
19 September 1941
Anthropologist, University teacher
Lee Rogers BergerLee Rogers Berger
22 December 1965
Paleoanthropologist

Philippe BourgoisPhilippe Bourgois
1956 AD
anthropologist

Nancy Scheper-HughesNancy Scheper-Hughes
25 September 1944
anthropologist

Julian StewardJulian Steward
31 January 1902
Anthropologist

Ralph LintonRalph Linton
27 February 1893
Anthropologist
Frances DensmoreFrances Densmore
21 May 1867
Anthropologist

Scott AtranScott Atran
1952 AD
anthropologist, political scientist

Elman ServiceElman Service
18 May 1915
Anthropologist

Tim D. WhiteTim D. White
24 August 1950
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian,
Aleš HrdličkaAleš Hrdlička
29 March 1869
Anthropologist

Oliver La FargeOliver La Farge
19 December 1901
Writer
Ella Cara DeloriaElla Cara Deloria
31 January 1889
Educator

Alice Cunningham FletcherAlice Cunningham Fletcher
15 March 1838
Anthropologist

William Z. RipleyWilliam Z. Ripley
13 October 1867
Economist
Lewis Henry MorganLewis Henry Morgan
21 November 1818
 

Elsie Clews ParsonsElsie Clews Parsons
27 November 1875
Anthropologist
Hortense PowdermakerHortense Powdermaker
24 December 1900
Cultural anthropologist

Frank Hamilton CushingFrank Hamilton Cushing
22 July 1857
Anthropologist

William BascomWilliam Bascom
23 May 1912
Anthropologist
Robert LowieRobert Lowie
12 June 1883
Anthropologist

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

William Henry HolmesWilliam Henry Holmes
01 December 1846
Explorer

Paul RadinPaul Radin
02 April 1883
Anthropologist

Akbar S. AhmedAkbar S. Ahmed
1943 AD
anthropologist, diplomat, writer, university
Clark WisslerClark Wissler
18 September 1870
Anthropologist
Francis La FlescheFrancis La Flesche
25 December 1857
Ethnologist

Arpad VassArpad Vass
30 August 1959
Anthropologist

Franz WeidenreichFranz Weidenreich
07 June 1873
Anthropologist

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

Alfred TozzerAlfred Tozzer
04 July 1877
Anthropologist

Sol TaxSol Tax
30 October 1907
Anthropologist

Frank SpeckFrank Speck
08 November 1881
Anthropologist

Alfred Irving HallowellAlfred Irving Hallowell
28 December 1892
Anthropologist
Géza RóheimGéza Róheim
12 September 1891
Psychoanalyst

Frederic Ward PutnamFrederic Ward Putnam
16 April 1839
Anthropologist
William Duncan StrongWilliam Duncan Strong
30 January 1899
Archaeologist

William R. MaplesWilliam R. Maples
07 August 1937
Anthropologist
William W. HowellsWilliam W. Howells
27 November 1908
Professor
Archie GreenArchie Green
29 June 1917
Folklorist