Advising

The Anthropology Department emphasizes personalized advising and mentoring tailored to different stages in student’s progress in the concentration and academic and career goals.

  • Undergraduate Office
  • Faculty Advising
  • Writing Tutor
  • Peer Concentration Advisors

Undergraduate Office
The Director of Undergraduate Studies has overall responsibility for the academic progress of undergraduates and, along with the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, is available for general academic and administrative advising. In 2017-2018, they are respectively Professor Rowan Flad (Archaeology) and Dr. Phlip Kao (Social Anthropology).

The Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Monique Rivera, provides day-to-day advising to current and prospective students and assists students with:

  • Declaring a concentration or secondary
  • Reviewing College and departmental requirements
  • Information on course offerings
  • Funding and internship opportunities
  • General administrative matters (Add/Drop; graduation issues)
  • Connecting to other campus offices
  • Honors program and thesis writing
  • Study abroad

The Undergraduate Program Office is located on the first floor in the Tozzer Anthropology Building, 21 Divinity Avenue.

Faculty Advising
Given the high ratio of faculty to students and emphasis on seminars and a strong tutorial system, students have many opportunities to work and develop research skills with faculty. Starting in the fall of junior year concentrators often begin to work more closely with individual faculty, senior graduate students, and Peabody Museum staff on research projects in their tutorials, sometimes culminating in a senior honors thesis. Choice of a faculty adviser depends largely upon the academic and research interests of the student.

Departmental Writing Fellow
The DWF is available to assist concentrators and students enrolled in Anthropology courses who would like help with their academic writing, including coursework (response papers, essays, research papers) and grant/internship proposals. The DWF also holds periodic writing workshops and works closely with students in the Junior and Senior Tutorials on the conventions of anthropological writing in the formulation of their research projects. In 2016-2017, the DWF is Bronwyn Isaacs.

Peer Concentration Advisors
Peer Concentration Advisors are Anthropology concentrators available to talk to you about navigating your way through the concentration, from whether to concentrate (or pursue a secondary field) in Anthropology to what courses to take. The Peer Concentration Advisors for 2016-2017 are below.

Cengiz Cemaloglu

Hello! My name is Cengiz Cemaloglu, a junior pursuing a joint concentration in social anthropology and government, with a secondary in philosophy, and a language  citation in Mandarin Chinese. I was born in Baku, Azerbaijan; grew up in Istanbul, Turkey; went to high school in Hong Kong; and now live in the lovely Currier House in the  Quad.

 My fascination with anthropology is deeply rooted in my high-school education where I had a chance to complete a unit in visual anthropology, watching early ethnographic  documentaries and discussing the ethics of representation through them. It was the focus on people that convinced me that anthropology was right for me. At the end of the  day everything is built by people for people from abstract things like logic and culture to concrete things like bridges and computers. That is precisely why anthropology has  a unique ability to remind us that it is people that we should focus on in our work and keep at the forefront of our minds.

 I loved the first anthropology class I took, Language and Culture with Professor Harkness, and since then have really enjoyed my time in the department. Its superb advising  structure for independent research, tight-knit community, world-class faculty, and the beautiful Tozzer Anthropology Building, the hub of our department, has contributed  immensely to my love for the program. As I start to slowly embark on my journey to write a thesis on the ways in which the post-Soviet nations of Central Asia built their own  systems of practical ethics under the combined influence of Marxism, Utilitarianism and Islam, I am getting even more and more excited about the phenomenally important  work that anthropologists produce.

I would be more than happy to meet up with any students that has an interest in anthropology, research, using anthropology outside the classroom, joint concentrations, and navigating the job market. Hugs and warm embraces.

Email: ccemaloglu@college.harvard.edu

Amanda Flores

My name is Amanda Flores, and I'm a junior in Cabot House. I was born and grew up in Cebu, Philippines. In 2007, my family immigrated to Oregon in search of better opportunities (#americandream). Five years later, in my junior year of high school, I became a Rotary exchange student and spent the year in France, studying in a public high school in a little medieval town called Parthenay. I became a US citizen during my year abroad, so you can say that my identity crisis is pretty much just a normal part of me at this point. 

My interest in anthropology comes from being a language freak for a long time. I grew up speaking English, Tagalog, and Cebuano, so I've been long accustomed to a multilingual reality. I started taking French in middle school and wanted to improve it by living in France for a year. From there, my love of language developed into a love of getting to know people in faraway places by trying to see life through their eyes, and experiencing their surroundings in their native tongue. When I found out freshman year that this was what anthropology was all about, I was thrilled and declaring my concentration only felt natural (I also speak Spanish and German and love using them every chance I get.).

My secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights grew out of my fascination with people's migration stories (being an immigrant myself) and a long-standing concern with what it means to be "human" when there are such vast inequalities around the world. This summer, I'm going to Bolivia to do field work for my senior thesis, which will most likely focus on the topic of human rights in urban slums. 

Finally, I love writing, and I love gossip. I mean, I love listening to stories other people tell about their lives. If you can relate in any way, then you've come to the right place, and I can't wait to talk to you more about anthropology at Harvard. 

Email: flores01@college.harvard.edu

Diana Gerberich

Hello! My name is Diana Gerberich and I’m a junior in Eliot House. I concentrate in the social anthropology and archaeology combined track, which gives me an opportunity to integrate my interests in the study of people and their material remains in one concentration.

When I entered Harvard, I wanted to study statistics and spent freshman year taking a range of quantitative classes. However, by the end of the year, I felt like it wasn't the right path for me. In the fall of sophomore year, I took an introductory social anthropology course to explore an area I knew nothing about and fell in love with anthropology. The critical analysis of people, conflicts, and cultures captivated and fascinated me. I realized that my true interests lie not with numbers but rather with people. After taking classes in maritime archaeology, forensic anthropology, and completing a summer internship with the Navy's Underwater Archaeology Branch, I decided to pursue the combined track so I could explore my newly discovered interest in archaeology in addition to social anthropology.

When I’m not attending an anthropology class or casually chatting with a professor in the Tozzer Atrium, I play baritone saxophone for the Harvard Monday Jazz Band. As the group's treasurer, I’m helping us get ready for our trip to Cuba in June 2017. I’m also a member of the Harvard Catholic Students Association and a research partner at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

I absolutely love meeting new people and am completely open to talking about any questions related to the Department of Anthropology or Harvard in general. Please do get in touch with me if I can be of any assistance!

Email: dgerberich@college.harvard.edu

William Oh

Hi Friends! My name is William Oh, and I am a junior in Currier House who hails from the warm and sunny city of Santa Clarita, CA. Back home, I am so lucky to have a wonderful little brother and parents who I miss very much--everything I am and who I hope to be is because of their love and support. Here at Harvard, I am a proud Social Anthropology concentrator with a Secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights that focuses on Asian American studies.

I immediately fell in love with social anthropology because foundational to the discipline is human empathy. I knew that I wanted my scholarship to be grounded in the human experience in all of its complexities. As a student who naturally gravitates towards interdisciplinary studies (see research interests), I also knew that I needed a discipline that allowed me to not only incorporate my diverse academic questions, but also encourage it. Finally, as someone who cares deeply about social justice, I needed my scholarship to be grounded in justice, equity, and inclusion. Social anthropology fulfills all of these needs and more.

My current research project focuses on performativities of Latinx and Korean American (working-class and racial) political subjectivities within the spatial dimensions of a Korean supermarket in Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA. From my incredible peers to the amazing, individualized support, social anthropology provides me with the environment in which I can thrive as a student.

Outside of class, I serve as an ECHO counselor, BARCC counselor, FUP leader, and conduct research as a Mellon Mays fellow. Chat me up anytime about intersectionality, books, inspirational quotes, good food, movies, and anything in between (which is everything?). And talk to me about Anthropology! Fun fact: before I came to Harvard, I actually had no clue what social anthropology was, and did not even hear about it until the spring of my first year! It was only thanks to two wonderful upper-level students who patiently answered all of my burning questions in the midst of my academic existential crisis that I ended up where I am today. I am so excited to serve as a peer advisor and answer any questions you may have.

Email: williamoh@college.harvard.edu