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Anthropology Senior Seminar

This guide offers resources and research approaches that may be helpful for students working on an Anthropology senior research project.

General Sociocultural Anthropology

American Anthropologist (access from 1888-present) is the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association. The journal advances research on humankind in all its aspects. It encompasses archaeological, biological, sociocultural, and linguistic research, including work by practicing anthropologists and anthropologists outside the academy. It also furthers the professional interests of anthropologists by disseminating anthropological knowledge, and illuminating its relevance to global human problems.

Critical Ethnic Studies (access from 2015-present) explores the guiding question of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association: how do the histories of colonialism and conquest, racial chattel slavery, and white supremacist patriarchies and heteronormativities affect, inspire, and unsettle scholarship and activism in the present? By decentering the nation-state as a unit of inquiry, focusing on scholarship that expands the identity rhetoric of ethnic studies, engaging in productive dialogue with indigenous studies, and making critical studies of gender and sexuality guiding intellectual forces, this journal appeals to scholars interested in the methodologies, philosophies, and discoveries of this new intellectual formation.

Cultural Anthropology: Journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology (access from 1986-present) publishes ethnographic writing informed by a wide array of theoretical perspectives, innovative in form and content, and focused on both traditional and emerging topics. It also welcomes essays concerned with ethnographic methods and research design in historical perspective, and with ways cultural analysis can address broader public audiences and interests.

Ethnography (access from 2000-present) is an international and interdisciplinary journal for the ethnographic study of social and cultural change. Bridging the chasm between sociology and anthropology, it is the leading network for dialogical exchanges between monadic ethnographers and those from all disciplines involved and interested in ethnography and society. It seeks to promote embedded research that fuses close-up observation, rigorous theory and social critique.

ethnos (access from 1997-present) is a peer-reviewed journal, which publishes original papers promoting theoretical, methodological and empirical developments in the discipline of socio-cultural anthropology. ethnos provides a forum where a wide variety of different anthropologies can gather together and enter into critical exchange.

Journal of Anthropological Research (access from 1973-present) publishes diverse, high-quality, peer-reviewed articles on anthropological research of substance and broad significance, as well as about 100–120 timely book reviews annually. The journal reaches out to anthropologists of all specialties and theoretical perspectives both in the United States and around the world, with special emphasis given to the detailed presentation and rigorous analysis of primary research. JAR's articles are problem-oriented, theoretically contextualized, and of general interest; the journal does not publish short, purely descriptive reports.

Journal for Undergraduate Ethnography is an online publication for undergraduate academic writing. The JUE seeks to publish original ethnographic research by undergraduate students working in a variety of disciplines. Their goal is to bring readers insights into subcultures, practices, and social institutions. We expect crossovers with anthropology, sociology, urban studies, and area studies, as well as programs in education, design, or management.



American Antiquity (access from 1935-present) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal and is considered the premier journal of North American archaeology, devoted to the archaeology of the Americas, method and theory pertinent to the study of archaeology, and closely related subjects.

Archaeology International (access from 1997 to present) produced annually, combines news about the University College London's Institute of Archaeology's activities, with reports on research, both on new and on-going projects, carried out by members of staff. Refereed articles reflect the broad geographical, theoretical and methodological scope of research at the Institute. Reports and news items cover topics such as recent publications by Institute staff, current fieldwork and aspects of the history of the Institute. The intended audience is both academic researchers and those with a general interest in archaeology and heritage.

Journal of Archaeological Research (access from 1993-present) publishes the most recent international research summaries on a broad range of topics and geographical areas. The articles are intended to present the current state-of-the-discipline in regard to a particular geographic area or specific research topic or theme.

KIVA (access from 1935-one year ago) is a general and professional forum for the archaeology, anthropology, culture and history of the American Southwest and northern Mexico.


Medical Anthropology

Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry (access from 1977 to present)

Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (access from 2005 to present)

Medical Anthropology (access from 1997 to present)

Medical Anthropology Quarterly (access from 1983 to present)

Medicine Anthropology Theory (access from 2014 to present)

Political Ecology

Antipode (access from 1969-present) has published peer-reviewed papers that push Geography’s critical edge, intending to engender the development of a new and better society. Many are inspired by Marxist, socialist, anarchist, anti-racist, anticolonal, feminist, queer, trans*, green, and postcolonial thought; however, the journal has always welcomed the infusion of new ideas and the shaking-up of old positions through dialogue and discussion, never being committed to just one view of critique. Antipode is committed to the new, the innovative, the creative, and the heretofore unthought radical edges of spatial theorisation and analysis.

Ecologies is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal on all aspects of ecology.

Environment and Planning. E: Nature and Space (access for March 2018-present) is an interdisciplinary journal of nature-society scholarship, with research from an array of fields including political ecology, environmental justice, science and technology studies, conservation and the environmental humanities.

Human Ecology publishes papers probing the complex and varied systems of interaction between people and their environment. Contributions examine the roles of social, cultural, and psychological factors in the maintenance or disruption of ecosystems and investigate the effects of population density on health, social organization, and environmental quality. Articles also address adaptive problems in urban environments and the interrelationship between technological and environmental changes.

Journal of Peasant Studies provokes and promotes critical thinking about social structures, institutions, actors and processes of change in and in relation to the rural world. It fosters inquiry into how agrarian power relations between classes and other social groups are created, understood, contested and transformed. JPS pays special attention to questions of ‘agency’ of marginalized groups in agrarian societies, particularly their autonomy and capacity to interpret – and change – their conditions

Journal of Political Ecology (access for 1994-present) is a peer reviewed, platinum Open Access journal in the social sciences. It began in 1994 at the University of Arizona, where it remains, hosted by the UA Libraries. JPE publishes research into the linkages between political economy and human environmental impacts, across different locations and academic disciplines. Articles published in this journal make a contribution to the academic field of political ecology. This is of course a broad field, but it uses tools drawn from political economy, multi-scalar analysis of environmental issues and ecologies, access to resources (e.g. by race, gender, status, wealth), environmental and social justice, feminist, materialist and intersectional theories, and studies of vulnerability and disadvantage. Articles may provide political ecology case studies, extend the field into new areas, or critique it with adequate justification.

Progress in Human Geography (access from 1977-present) is the peer-review journal of choice for those wanting to know about the state of the art in all areas of human geography research - philosophical, theoretical, thematic, methodological or empirical. Concerned primarily with critical reviews of current research, PHG enables a space for debate about questions, concepts and findings of formative influence in human geography.