Cultural anthropology (also known as sociocultural anthropology) is the branch of the discipline concerned with documenting the wide range of institutions, beliefs, practices, and technologies of contemporary human populations around the world. It is equally concerned with developing generalizations based on comparative study. The main technique of this subdiscipline is ethnographic research, the first-hand documentation of a people and their situation by a trained investigator. Another technique is ethnohistory, which employs documentary sources of information.
Tulane's Anthropology Department has five cultural anthropologists:
Among them, these professors offer a wide range of courses on specific world areas, topical subjects, and theoretical perspectives. For a listing of these courses, please refer to our Classes page. Prospective students should feel free to contact any of the faculty whose interests match their own.