Open Books

  • Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology
    “The first comprehensive, peer-reviewed open access textbook for biological anthropology courses. We lay the foundation for this inquiry in the first four chapters by introducing the discipline of anthropology, evolutionary theory, molecular biology and genetics, and the forces of evolution. Chapters 5–8 consider evolutionary, biological, and social aspects of our closest living relatives, nonhuman primates, with whom we share millions of years of evolution. We also learn about how fossils provide material insight into our past. Chapters 9–12 describe prior hominin species and the emergence of Homo sapiens, us! Finally, the last four chapters (Chapters 13–16) explore human biological variation and the concept of race, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, and human biology and health in the past and present.”
  • The History of Our Tribe: Hominini (SUNY Genesco)
    “The book explores the field of paleoanthropology past and present. Beginning over 65 million years ago, Welker traces the evolution of our species, the environments and selective forces that shaped our ancestors, their physical and cultural adaptations, and the people and places involved with their discovery and study. It is designed as a textbook for a course on Human Evolution but can also serve as an introductory text for relevant sections of courses in Biological or General Anthropology or general interest.”
  • How the World Changed Social Media
    “This book is one of a series of 11 titles. Nine are monographs devoted to specific field sites in Brazil, Chile, China, England, India, Italy, Trinidad and Turkey. These will be published during the course of 2016–17. The series also includes this volume, our comparative book about all of our findings, and a final book which contrasts the visuals that people post on Facebook in the English field site with those on our Trinidadian field site… Each book is based on 15 months of research during which time most of the anthropologists lived, worked and interacted with people in the local language.”
  • Human Security in World Affairs: Problems and Opportunities (2nd edition)
    “This first and only university textbook of human security, intended as an introductory text from senior undergraduate level up, and includes chapters by 24 authors that encompass the full spectrum of disciplines contributing to the human security field. It is based on the four-pillar model of socio-political security, economic security, environmental security and health security. The chapters include learning outcomes, extension activities, and suggested readings; a comprehensive glossary lists key terms used throughout the book.”
  • Native Peoples of North America (SUNY Potsdam)
    Native Peoples of North America is intended to be an introductory text about the Native peoples of North America (primarily the United States and Canada) presented from an anthropological perspective. […]. Prehistoric, historic and contemporary information is presented. Each chapter begins with an example from the oral tradition that reflects the theme of the chapter. The text includes suggested readings, videos, and classroom activities.
  • Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology
    Open textbook covering essential topics in cultural anthropology. Each chapter written by a different anthropologist. Includes teaching resources from the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.
  • Teaching Autoethnography: Personal Writing in the Classroom (SUNY / FIT)
    By Dr. Melissa Tombro of FIT. “Teaching Autoethnography: Personal Writing in the Classroom is dedicated to the practice of immersive ethnographic and autoethnographic writing that encourages authors to participate in the communities about which they write. This book draws not only on critical qualitative inquiry methods such as interview and observation, but also on theories and sensibilities from creative writing and performance studies, which encourage self-reflection and narrative composition.

Additional Open and Zero-Cost Resources

  • Allegra Lab: Anthropology for Radical Optimism
  • anthro{dendum}
    “Anthro{dendum} is a group blog devoted to ‘doing anthropology in public’ — providing well-written relevant discussion of sociocultural anthropology that everyone will find accessible. Our authors range from graduate students to tenured professors to anthropologists working outside the academy.”
  • Anthropology Tutorials (Palomar College)
    Tutorials on major topics in anthropology, created and maintained by Dr. Dennis O’Neil of Palomar College.
  • Human Origins Initiative (Smithsonian)
    From the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Human Origins Initiative shares research and other educational resources related to the study of human evolution and origins.
  • Sapiens
    “An editorially independent magazine of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research”
  • Society for Cultural Anthropology
    This open access journal of the SCA includes teaching tools, podcast episodes, and supplemental teaching materials alongside journal articles.
  • World Mapper
    “Worldmapper is a collection of world maps called cartograms, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest.”


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