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

David GraeberDavid Graeber
12 February 1961
Anthropologist, University teacher, Writer, Trade
Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs
07 July 1948
Writer

Jim Yong KimJim Yong Kim
08 December 1959
Physician

Clifford GeertzClifford Geertz
23 August 1926
Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist

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

Ruth BenedictRuth Benedict
05 June 1887
Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher,
Madison GrantMadison Grant
19 November 1865
Lawyer, Anthropologist, Racial theorist,

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

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

Edward S. CurtisEdward S. Curtis
16 February 1868
Photographer, Anthropologist
Gayle RubinGayle Rubin
1949 AD
Anthropologist, university teacher, essayist, LGBT

Robert RipleyRobert Ripley
25 December 1890
Cartoonist
Edward SapirEdward Sapir
26 January 1884
Anthropologist, Linguist, Sociolinguist,

Lewis Henry MorganLewis Henry Morgan
21 November 1818
 

Arjun AppaduraiArjun Appadurai
04 February 1949
anthropologist, sociologist
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
30 October 1840
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,

Marshall SahlinsMarshall Sahlins
27 December 1930
Anthropologist, Educationist, University teacher
Talal AsadTalal Asad
1933 AD
anthropologist

Benjamin Lee WhorfBenjamin Lee Whorf
24 April 1897
Anthropologist, Linguist

Donald JohansonDonald Johanson
28 June 1943
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian,
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
Helen FisherHelen Fisher
31 May 1945
Anthropologist

Napoleon ChagnonNapoleon Chagnon
1938 AD
anthropologist, university teacher

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

Ashley MontaguAshley Montagu
28 June 1905
Anthropologist, University teacher
Walter J. OngWalter J. Ong
30 November 1912
Anthropologist, Historian, Writer, University
Robert RedfieldRobert Redfield
04 December 1897
Anthropologist

Loren EiseleyLoren Eiseley
03 September 1907
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Poet

Arturo EscobarArturo Escobar
1952 AD
anthropologist

Johnnetta ColeJohnnetta Cole
19 October 1936
Anthropologist and educator
Eric WolfEric Wolf
01 February 1923
Anthropologist

Michael TomaselloMichael Tomasello
18 January 1950
Anthropologist, Psychologist

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

Lewis BinfordLewis Binford
21 November 1931
Archaeologist

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

Earnest HootonEarnest Hooton
20 November 1887
Anthropologist
Leslie WhiteLeslie White
19 January 1900
Anthropologist

Harold CourlanderHarold Courlander
 

Philippe BourgoisPhilippe Bourgois
1956 AD
anthropologist
Spencer WellsSpencer Wells
06 April 1969
Geneticist

Sherry OrtnerSherry Ortner
19 September 1941
Anthropologist, University teacher
Sidney MintzSidney Mintz
16 November 1922
Anthropologist, University teacher

Julian StewardJulian Steward
31 January 1902
Anthropologist

Nancy Scheper-HughesNancy Scheper-Hughes
25 September 1944
anthropologist

Pearl PrimusPearl Primus
29 November 1919
Dancer

Ralph LintonRalph Linton
27 February 1893
Anthropologist
Colin TurnbullColin Turnbull
23 November 1924
Anthropologist

Franz WeidenreichFranz Weidenreich
07 June 1873
Anthropologist

Lee Rogers BergerLee Rogers Berger
22 December 1965
Paleoanthropologist

Clyde KluckhohnClyde Kluckhohn
11 January 1905
Anthropologist
Eugenie ScottEugenie Scott
24 October 1945
Anthropologist, University teacher

Frances DensmoreFrances Densmore
21 May 1867
Anthropologist
Akbar S. AhmedAkbar S. Ahmed
1943 AD
anthropologist, diplomat, writer, university

Elman ServiceElman Service
18 May 1915
Anthropologist

Aleš HrdličkaAleš Hrdlička
29 March 1869
Anthropologist
Frank Hamilton CushingFrank Hamilton Cushing
22 July 1857
Anthropologist

Ella Cara DeloriaElla Cara Deloria
31 January 1889
Educator
W. Lloyd WarnerW. Lloyd Warner
26 October 1898
Anthropologist

Scott AtranScott Atran
1952 AD
anthropologist, political scientist

Hortense PowdermakerHortense Powdermaker
24 December 1900
Cultural anthropologist
Alice Cunningham FletcherAlice Cunningham Fletcher
15 March 1838
Anthropologist

Clyde SnowClyde Snow
07 January 1928
Anthropologist
Oliver La FargeOliver La Farge
19 December 1901
Writer

Kenneth Lee PikeKenneth Lee Pike
09 June 1912
Linguist

William Z. RipleyWilliam Z. Ripley
13 October 1867
Economist

Robert LowieRobert Lowie
12 June 1883
Anthropologist
William BascomWilliam Bascom
23 May 1912
Anthropologist
Elsie Clews ParsonsElsie Clews Parsons
27 November 1875
Anthropologist

Paul RadinPaul Radin
02 April 1883
Anthropologist

Anthony F.C. WallaceAnthony F.C. Wallace
15 April 1923
Anthropologist

Clark WisslerClark Wissler
18 September 1870
Anthropologist
Arpad VassArpad Vass
30 August 1959
Anthropologist

Francis La FlescheFrancis La Flesche
25 December 1857
Ethnologist

Marjorie ShostakMarjorie Shostak
11 May 1945
Anthropologist

William Henry HolmesWilliam Henry Holmes
01 December 1846
Explorer

William R. MaplesWilliam R. Maples
07 August 1937
Anthropologist
Gordon Randolph WilleyGordon Randolph Willey
07 March 1913
Archaeologist

Sol TaxSol Tax
30 October 1907
Anthropologist
Géza RóheimGéza Róheim
12 September 1891
Psychoanalyst

Robert John BraidwoodRobert John Braidwood
29 July 1907
Archaeologists
Alexander GoldenweiserAlexander Goldenweiser
29 January 1880
American anthropologist
William John McGeeWilliam John McGee
17 April 1853
Explorer, Anthropologist, University teacher