Becca Piexotto, CAS/MA & PhD
Becca Peixotto was part of the expedition team that unearthed a new species of human relative, “Homo naledi.” The discovery—which includes more than 1,500 fossils—has shifted the way scientists think about human history.
Public anthropology students like Becca work to understand lived experiences. They explore culture, power, and history in everyday life while sharpening their skills in critical inquiry, problem solving, and public communication—plus the weekly Social Justice Series and annual Public Anthropology Conference.
73 percent of graduates work for government or nonprofit organizations
94 percent of graduates are working, in grad school, or both within six months of graduation
50 percent of graduates are earning over 50K annually within six months of graduation
Hundreds of internships are available for students in the DC metro area. In the past, our students have interned for many prominent organizations including the:
- Smithsonian Institution
- National Park Service
- National Center for Environmental Research
- Institute for Women’s Policy Research
- US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
- Center for American Progress
Graduates of the MA in public anthropology program at AU work for a variety of companies and organizations around the world:
- Maryland National Park and Planning
- US Department of State
- Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation
- State University of New York–Potsdam
- AIDS and International Development Project
Sadly, the Peace Corps has canceled all of its MA International Programs nationwide. As such, we are no longer able to accept applications for that track.