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Our Location

Department of Anthropology 

Chester New Hall, 524 

1280 Main Street West 

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 

L8S 4M4 

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Contact Information

Phone: (905) 525-9140, ext. 24423


Email: Undergraduate Studies & General Inquiries: anthdep@mcmaster.ca

Graduate Studies: gradmin@mcmaster.ca

Anthropology Faculty, Student & Staff Directory

Administrative Contacts

Chair | Associate Professor

Andrew Roddick

Email: anthchai@mcmaster.ca

Graduate Chair | Professor

Megan Brickley

Email: brickley@mcmaster.ca

Undergraduate Chair | Associate Professor

Karen McGarry

Email: mcgarry@mcmaster.ca 

Academic Department Manager

Delia Hutchinson

Email: hutchin@mcmaster.ca 

Graduate Administrative Assistant 

John Silva

Email: silvaj@mcmaster.ca 

Associated Groups

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McMaster Anthropology Society (MAS)

The MAS is a recognized and funded club at McMaster University with the mission to provide anthropology students with opportunities to engage with the anthropological community.


Explore the Anthropology Society

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ASK! Mentorship Program

Anthropology Skills and Knowledge (ASK!) is a mentorship program run by the department’s graduate students who volunteer to help answer any questions undergraduate students may have about their academic experience. Graduate students from all fields of anthropology are available to provide information to undergrads on a range of topics from volunteering, to summer jobs, how to get into graduate school, and much more.




Learn More About ASK!

Executive Committee
The Executive Committee advises the Anthropology Department Chair on Career Progress/Merit decisions, faculty hiring, and any major issue that affects the Department. The Executive Committee includes the Chair plus two tenured faculty members, covering each of the three major subfields.


Graduate Committee
The Graduate Committee oversees the Anthropology graduate program in terms of its planning and regular functioning. The Graduate Committee includes the Graduate Chair plus two full-time faculty members, covering each of the three major subfields.


Undergraduate Committee
The Undergraduate Committee oversees the Anthropology undergraduate program in terms of its planning and regular functioning. The Undergraduate Committee includes the Undergraduate Chair plus two full-time faculty members, covering each of the three major subfields.


Speaker Series
The Speaker Series is run by the Speaker Series Coordinator(s) who arrange for speakers both internal and visiting to present their research. These arrangements are made in collaboration with other faculty members, and coordinated with other special lecture and speaking events.


Communications Commitee
The Communications Committe promotes the Department of Anthropology teaching and research activities and accomplishments via the website, newsletter, social media, and other promotional and recruitment materials. The Communications Committee includes the Communications Chair, one graduate student representative, and department support staff.


Library Representative
The Library Representative forwards purchase requests from the Department to the library while ensuring that the Department’s policy on library acquisitions is accurately represented.


Social Committee
The Social Committee organizes and hosts social events for all departmental members, usually planning 1-2 social events each term. The Social Committee includes a faculty Chair, 2-3 staff members, and two student representatives (usually one undergraduate and one graduate).


Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigenous Strategies (EDIIS) Committee
The EDIIS Committee develops and oversees strategies to encourage recruitment, offer meaningful support, and enhance retention of diverse department members, staff, and students. The EDIIS Committee includes three faculty members, one MA student, and one PhD student.