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List of notable or famous anthropologists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top anthropologists born in the United States and even some popular anthropologists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American anthropologists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These anthropologists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known anthropologist from the United States is included when available.

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Yvette Mimieux is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
age 77
Yvette Mimieux is a retired American movie and television actress.

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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 53 (1932-1985)
Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain ...more

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Zora Neale Hurston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 69 (1891-1960)
Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 ...more

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Carlos Castaneda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 73 (1925-1998)
Carlos Castaneda was an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, ...more

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Florinda Donner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
age 75
Florinda Donner is an American writer and anthropologist known as one of Carlos Castaneda's "witches". She studied anthropology at UCLA but did not complete her degree, letting her ...more

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Tobias Schneebaum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1922-2005)
Tobias Schneebaum was an American artist, anthropologist, and AIDS activist. He is best known for his experiences living, and traveling among the Harakmbut people of Peru, and the Asmat people ...more

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R. H. Barlow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 33 (1918-1951)
Robert Hayward Barlow was an American author, avant-garde poet, anthropologist and historian of early Mexico, and expert in the Nahuatl language. He was a correspondent and friend of horror ...more

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Henry Field is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1902-1986)
Henry Field was an American anthropologist and archaeologist. Henry Field was born in Chicago. He was a great nephew of the merchant Marshall Field and a great nephew of Barbour Lathrop. Field ...more

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Jesse Fewkes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1850-1930)
Jesse Walter Fewkes was an American anthropologist, archaeologist, writer and naturalist.

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William Foote Whyte is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1914-2000)
William Foote Whyte was a sociologist chiefly known for his ethnographic study in urban sociology, Street Corner Society. A pioneer in participant observation, he lived for four years in an ...more

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Jerald T. Milanich is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Jerald T. Milanich is an American anthropologist and archaeologist, specializing in Native American culture in Florida. He is Curator Emeritus of Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural ...more

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Edward Sapir is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 55 (1884-1939)
Edward Sapir was an American anthropologist-linguist, who is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in the early development of the discipline of linguistics. Sapir was born ...more

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James Owen Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 47 (1848-1895)
James Owen Dorsey was an American ethnologist, linguist, and Episcopalian missionary in the Dakota Territory, who contributed to the description of the Ponca, Omaha, and other southern Siouan ...more

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Robert Francis Murphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 66 (1924-1990)
Robert Francis Murphy was an American anthropologist and professor of anthropology at Columbia University in New York City, from the early 1960s to 1990. His field work included studies of the ...more

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Erna Gunther is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1896-1982)
Erna Gunther was an American anthropologist who taught for many years at the University of Washington in Seattle. Gunther's work on ethnobotany is still extensively consulted today.

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Clifford Geertz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1926-2006)
Clifford James Geertz was an American anthropologist who is remembered mostly for his strong support for and influence on the practice of symbolic anthropology, and who was considered "for ...more

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Jane E Buikstra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
age 74
Jane Ellen Buikstra is an American anthropologist and bioarchaeologist. She is credited with coining and defining bioarchaeology in the US as the application of biological anthropological ...more

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Livingston Farrand is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1867-1939)
Livingston Farrand, M.D., LL.D. was an American physician, anthropologist, psychologist, public health advocate and academic administrator.

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Timothy Pauketat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Dr. Timothy R. Pauketat is an “American Bottom” Mississippian-era archaeologist and professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is best known for his ...more

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Anne Allison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
age 69
Anne Allison is a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University in the United States, specializing in contemporary Japanese society. She wrote the book Nightwork on hostess clubs and ...more

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Stuart Struever is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
age 87
Stuart McKee Struever is an American archaeologist and anthropologist best known for his contributions to the archaeology of the Woodland Period in the US midwest and for his leadership of ...more

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Ted Polhemus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
age 72
Ted Polhemus is an American anthropologist, writer, and photographer who lives and works on England's south coast. His work focuses on fashion and anti-fashion, identity, and the sociology of ...more

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Sven Haakanson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
age 52
Sven Haakanson, Jr. is an American anthropologist who has specialized in documenting and preserving the language and culture of the Alutiiq. He is former Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum ...more

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Frederick Starr is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
Frederick Starr Dec. at 75 (1858-1933)
Frederick Starr, aka Ofuda Hakushi in Japan, was an American academic, anthropologist, and "populist educator" born at Auburn, New York.

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Scott Atran is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Anthropologists from the United States
age 67
Scott Atran is an American and French anthropologist who is a Director of Research in Anthropology at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris, Senior Research Fellow at Oxford ...more