Anthropology and Sociology

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology approaches the study of international affairs and development by inquiring into how social and cultural life, as well as political and economic practices, are shaped across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Our Master’s and PhD degree programs foster the study of contemporary issues in global and transnational terms.

Our faculty ground their research and teaching in a commitment to theoretical innovation, robust empirical research, and fine-grained ethnographic fieldwork. From this, we develop critical perspectives on how global problems are differently experienced around the world. Among the few bi-disciplinary departments of anthropology and sociology in Europe, our work bridges conventional North-South divides, theory and practice, and the worlds of academia and policy.

Be it in Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, as well as in Europe, North and South America, our research is primarily geared toward the analysis of social, political, economic, legal, and cultural phenomena across the following domains:

  • governance, the state, international organizations, law, and policy
  • global security and everyday insecurity, violence and conflict
  • markets, land, labor, and corporations
  • migration, forced displacement, borders, minorities
  • poverty and inequality, social movements
  • race, ethnicity, and gender relations
  • environment, rural development, agriculture, food security
  • cities and urban issues
  • bio-medicine and bio-technologies
  • visual and material culture