The Certificate in Anthropology and History Certificate is open to doctoral students in the departments of History and Cultural Anthropology, and other doctoral programs at Duke. The program provides students with a systematic way to gain familiarity with research methods in both fields, and to benefit from numerous cross-listed graduate seminars and joint research. Faculty from both departments will participate in graduate preliminary examination and dissertation defense committees. Please see the listing of affiliated faculty.
Historians and anthropologists work within a shared framework, asking similar questions, and seeking answers to these questions from similar kinds of evidence. In both disciplines, it is widely understood that cultural diversity and cultural change cannot be accounted for either by the traditional narrative techniques of historians or by the traditional ethnographic descriptions of anthropologists. Instead, historians realize they must look beyond action, intention, and event, to underlying patterns, unspoken presuppositions, institutional and discursive structures. Anthropologists realize that kinship, ritual, social role, discourse, and belief are all subject to improvisation, contestation, politicization, and thus to change. Drawing on anthropological and historical theory, this certificate provides a coherent pathway to broadly explore the implications of cultural diversity and change.