Anthropology Magazine
What Kenya’s Killer Cops Reveal About Police Culture

Anthropologists studying police violence in Nairobi are uncovering systemic problems that shed light on brutal law enforcement tactics around the world.

Kenyan Mothers Take on Police Violence

In Nairobi, members of the Mothers of Victims and Survivors Network, who have lost family members to police violence, are turning their grief into determined activism.

How Many People Lived in the Angkor Empire?

Archaeologists working with an interdisciplinary team have estimated the population of the ancient Greater Angkor Region in Cambodia at its peak in the 13th century.

Archaeology in the Ashes of Notre Dame

Two years ago, a fire devastated Paris’ iconic Catholic cathedral. An archaeologist outlines the unprecedented research scientists are now undertaking to make the most of the disaster.

Waterloo-Redfern and the Racism Rooted in Cities

Protestors toppling statues spur an anthropologist to look at the underlying urban politics that reproduce colonial and racist systems in Australia’s Waterloo-Redfern housing plans.

Unearthing the True Toll of the Tulsa Race Massacre

With the 99th anniversary at hand, a community works with archaeologists to answer longstanding questions about a brutal tragedy.

How Kings Created Angkor Wat—Then Lost It

New archaeological research reveals that leaders centralized agriculture in the famous city shortly before its decline.

Searching for the Sources of Water Scarcity

An anthropologist’s extensive study of water scarcity in Mumbai reveals how such crises are often driven less by nature’s limits and more by human choices.


A SAPIENS poetry contest winner peers through imagination’s angled lens to consider a city that is both visible—and invisible.

Are Mixed-Income Neighborhoods the Best Answer for Public Housing?

An anthropologist documents the social tolls of new mixed-income developments while also acknowledging the gains.