Welcome to the Graduate Program in Social Anthropology at York University. We are a dynamic intellectual community of scholars and students committed to theoretically informed, empirically grounded, and socially relevant research. Our faculty expertise spans a world of topics, theories and innovative methodologies through which we teach and produce knowledge that critically illuminates the social and cultural life of the past, the present, and projects about the future.
The outstanding quality and diversity of our graduate students is one of our greatest strengths. Students find inspiration and opportunity to engage in ethnographic fieldwork (including digital) in places, communities, and archives on topics of contemporary and historical relevance. Our program offers courses, workshops, and colloquia though which students develop the research and professional skills needed to produce new knowledge in anthropology and contribute to theoretical and methodological developments in the discipline. We strongly encourage students to join one of York’s renowned Research Centres to take advantage of cross-disciplinary learning opportunities and expand their intellectual community.
Our program prepares students to pursue their academic and professional career goals. Our graduates hold academic posts at universities across Canada and the United States. They can also be found in policy, research, and leadership positions for NGOs, governmental agencies, and consulting and marketing agencies; in curatorial positions in museums; and as filmmakers, artists, and writers.
Grad Program News
March 8, 2021
Hana Ahmed worked in Bangladesh for many years as a journalist and human rights advocate. Now a Doctoral student in Social Anthropology, she studies the land titling system for the Indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and uses her research for teaching the next generation of students.
March 8, 2021
Anthropology Faculty Nicole McFayden was interviewed by Toronto Star reporter based on her research and teaching experience for a piece about online abuse and gender-based violence in the age of COVID-19:
March 4, 2021
Congratulations to Patrice Dickenson, MA candidate in Social Anthropology at York University, who has been awarded the Zdenka Volavka Research Fellowship to support her research:
“My research project will examine the various ways that Yoruba traditional religious objects are presented, situated, and realized through the institutional practices of Western museums in light of increasing calls for item repatriation and through the lens of a diasporic practitioner of traditional Yoruba religion.”
December 21, 2020
Weibin Wang, MA student in Social Anthropology has been nominated for Best Experimental Film at HiShorts! Film Festival in Xiamen China for his film My Ideal Family. The film won the Best Cinematography Award at Future of Film Showcase 2020 (http://www.fofs.ca/). See it on CBC Gem.
November 13, 2020
Dr. Darrel Manitowabi gives the 2020 Public Anthropology Lecture on the ethics of applying anthropology when it comes to law and First Nations Treaties.
July 3, 2019
PhD candidate Guillaume Dandurand discusses his research on GradLife podcast Episode # 15: A passage to India.
May 23, 2019
MA candidate Janelle Curry talks about the creation of the Queer Graduate Student Caucus on the GradLife Podcast, Episode 10: A space for Queer students.
July 5, 2019
Congratulations Dr. Guillaume Dandurand, winner of a 2018 Faculty of Graduate Studies Dissertation prize for his dissertation “The Techno-Politics of Food Security in New Delhi: The Re-Materialization of the Ration Card”. The Thesis & Dissertation Prizes celebrate exceptional Master's and PhD theses each year.
June 22, 2018
Congratulations Nayrouz Abu Hatoum, 2018–19 winner of the prestigious Ibrahim Abu–Lughod Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University. Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Abu–Lughod Award recognizes and seeks to foster innovative and groundbreaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. Nayrouz will use her time at Columbia to work on her book project titled "Visual Decolonization: Photography of Militarized Landscapes in Palestine."