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

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

Alan DundesAlan Dundes
08 September 1934
Folklorist

Alfred KroeberAlfred L. Kroeber
11 June 1876
Cultural Anthropologist

Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs
07 July 1948
Writer
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

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

Joe Medicine CrowJoe Medicine Crow
27 October 1913
Anthropologist, Historian, Author, Non-fiction
Edward S. CurtisEdward S. Curtis
16 February 1868
Photographer, Anthropologist

Robert RipleyRobert Ripley
25 December 1890
Anthropologist, Journalist
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
30 October 1840
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,

William John McGeeWilliam John McGee
17 April 1853
Explorer, Anthropologist, University teacher

Madison GrantMadison Grant
19 November 1865
Lawyer, Anthropologist, Racial theorist,
Edward SapirEdward Sapir
26 January 1884
Anthropologist, Linguist, Sociolinguist,

Gayle RubinGayle Rubin
1949 AD
Anthropologist, university teacher, essayist, LGBT
Arjun AppaduraiArjun Appadurai
04 February 1949
anthropologist, sociologist

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

Edward T. HallEdward T. Hall
16 May 1914
Anthropologist, Sociologist, University teacher

Benjamin Lee WhorfBenjamin Lee Whorf
24 April 1897
Anthropologist, Linguist
Marshall SahlinsMarshall Sahlins
27 December 1930
Anthropologist, Educationist, University teacher
Talal AsadTalal Asad
1933 AD
anthropologist

Napoleon ChagnonNapoleon Chagnon
1938 AD
anthropologist, university teacher

Walter J. OngWalter J. Ong
30 November 1912
Anthropologist, Historian, Writer, University

Ashley MontaguAshley Montagu
28 June 1905
Anthropologist, University teacher
Dell HymesDell Hymes
07 June 1927
Anthropologist, Linguist, University teacher,

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

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

Donald JohansonDonald Johanson
28 June 1943
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian,

Michael TomaselloMichael Tomasello
18 January 1950
Anthropologist, Psychologist
Loren EiseleyLoren Eiseley
03 September 1907
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Poet

Eric WolfEric Wolf
01 February 1923
Anthropologist, University teacher
Pearl PrimusPearl Primus
29 November 1919
Dancer

Earnest HootonEarnest Hooton
20 November 1887
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian,

Spencer WellsSpencer Wells
06 April 1969
Geneticist
George MurdockGeorge Murdock
11 May 1897
Anthropologist

Harold CourlanderHarold Courlander
 
Lee Rogers BergerLee Rogers Berger
22 December 1965
Paleoanthropologist

Eugenie ScottEugenie Scott
24 October 1945
Anthropologist, University teacher

Philippe BourgoisPhilippe Bourgois
1956 AD
anthropologist

Leslie WhiteLeslie White
19 January 1900
Anthropologist

Scott AtranScott Atran
1952 AD
anthropologist, political scientist
Sidney MintzSidney Mintz
16 November 1922
Anthropologist, University teacher

Nancy Scheper-HughesNancy Scheper-Hughes
25 September 1944
anthropologist

Sherry OrtnerSherry Ortner
19 September 1941
Anthropologist, University teacher

Lewis BinfordLewis Binford
11 November 1931
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, prehistorian,
Tim D. WhiteTim D. White
24 August 1950
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian,

Julian StewardJulian Steward
31 January 1902
Anthropologist
Lewis Henry MorganLewis Henry Morgan
21 November 1818
 

Arpad VassArpad Vass
30 August 1959
Anthropologist

Akbar S. AhmedAkbar S. Ahmed
1943 AD
anthropologist, diplomat, writer, university
Christopher Johnson McCandlessChristopher Johnson McCandless
12 February 1968
 

Arturo EscobarArturo Escobar
1952 AD
anthropologist