- Statistical data
- A listing of PhD dissertations and Masters theses in anthropology
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A Brief History of the AnthroGuide
The AnthroGuide has been the premiere information source for the study of anthropology since 1962 when the first directory of anthropology programs was published. The Executive Board issued a directive to publish a volume that would "assist students who want to go into the field, by providing such basic information as degrees offered; name, rank and specialties of the staff; basic strengths of the graduate programs, including number of courses offered in geographic areas and specialties; and where to write for catalogues and other information." The directory totaled 50 pages, the size of a small pamphlet.
In 1963, the Executive Board directed a listing of PhD dissertations in anthropology to be published in The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology and in 1967 a listing of all AAA members was added (and subsequently dropped the following year), and the departmental program descriptions were expanded. The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology totaled 214 pages.
A grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research enabled The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology to expand again, in 1968-70. New sections included (1) listings of undergraduate programs offering a major or concentration in anthropology [prior to this The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology had only listed graduate programs], (2) a table summarizing which institutions gave how many degrees, (3) dates of highest degrees of individuals listed in The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology, with names of institutions giving them and (4) museums with anthropology programs. In 1970, The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology numbered 266 pages.
In 1974, a new section was added to The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology, listing research and nonacademic departments. The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology expanded gradually from 1974 to 1989, but its basic structure and arrangement of information remained the same.
In 1989, The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology underwent a major transformation. New sections, listing the names and addresses of all AAA members and the names of members in the AAA sections were added to The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology. To accommodate the new information, a change in format was necessary, and The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology grew from 6" x 9" to 8-1/2" x 11". It also changed names--from The AAA Guide to Departments of Anthropology to The AAA Guide (subtitle: "A Guide to Departments/A Directory of Members") and contained 485 pages.
In 2000, The AAA Guide underwent a major transformation to the web. For the first time, listers were able to submit and edit their listings electronically and receive an invoice immediately. This also facilitated the creation of the AAA eGuide, our first electronically searchable database. Also in 2000, community colleges were encouraged to list their institutions’ contact information in the AAA Guide at no cost. Complete community college information was made available in the AAA eGuide. The 2000-2001 AAA Guide contained 682 pages.
In 2010, The AAA Guide was renamed AnthroGuide. The pages were redesigned in a refined double-column format, with a new type face and different fonts to improve legibility. Full-bleed divider pages were inserted, to allow the reader to bend the edge of the book and locate the different sections easily. Running heads were added, and new covers were designed to improve the appearance of the book. The volume contained 695 pages.
In 2011, the AnthroGuide underwent another transformation. Software was custom designed to improve data collection from academic institutions, museums, Federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and industry and resource firms. The eAnthroGuide now contains improved search functionality and reporting.
AAA appreciates the support and many excellent suggestions made by members over the years. The Association will continue to improve the AnthroGuide, with the hope that it will continue to be a source of information that anthropologists can consult with confidence--with the knowledge that if you need to know, "it's in the AnthroGuide."
A Tour of the Guide
What's in the AnthroGuide? The volume contains: an Index of Institutions, Departmental Listings, Directories, Statistics, PhD Dissertations in Anthropology, and an Index of Individuals in Institutions.
Index of Institutions
The Index of Institutions, located for many years at the end of the volume, is now placed in the front of the book. The departments are listed first alphabetically and then by location.
There are 4 sets of institutional listings in the AnthroGuide: Industry and Research Firms, Government and Non-Profit Agencies, Museums and Academic Departments. A typical Departmental listing consists of the following (among other categories):
- Name of Institution
- Department Name
- Degrees offered in Anthropology
- Faculty, Research Staff and Department Staff
- Anthropologists in Other Departments, Schools or Institutes
- Anthropology Club/President
- Degrees Granted in Anthropology (degree, female/male)
- Degree Requirements
- Academic Year System
- Special Programs & Field School Information
Information for the departmental listings is solicited by the AAA in early-April. Requests are sent to listers from previous years' AAA Guides, as well as requests to potential listers. If your anthropology program is not listed in this year's AnthroGuide, please consult your program leader and request access to the online listing form from the Publications Department by clicking here. All information is approved by the program leader and submitted to the AAA by May 31. Each lister in the AnthroGuide receives a complimentary copy.
There are three Directories in the AnthroGuide: AAA Membership Directory, AAA Section Members and AAA Life Members.
The Directories are generated by the Member Services staff. The AnthroGuide lists the names, addresses and e-mails of all paid members in the Membership Directory. These listings are not typeset by the Publications Department; it is important for members to correct any inaccurate information on their mailing labels and submit it to the Member Services Staff. Additionally, it is possible to list an address for the AnthroGuide different than one's mailing address; please contact the Member Services staff for more information.
The AnthroGuide contains statistical information on the following:
- Locations of Academic Departments Listed in the AnthroGuide and Highest Degree Offered in Anthropology
- Anthropology Students Enrolled
- Totals of Degrees Granted, by Category
- Doctoral Degrees Granted
By using these statistical tables it is possible, for example, to find out where anthropology students are enrolled (both graduate and undergraduate) and in what numbers, and how many degrees were granted in a given year.
PhD Dissertations in Anthropology
Dissertations are listed alphabetically by author, and provide university affiliation, year of completion, topic of study, and dissertation title.
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