The Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University engages in the discipline as a humanistic science of cultural and biological diversity across time and space. Our strength is in our diversity of approaches to this fundamental inquiry. Our faculty specializes in socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, medical anthropology, physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. We work towards an understanding of the human condition, past and present, in countries across the world and in our own backyards.  Our undergraduate and graduate students are trained to be critical thinkers. We offer undergraduates research opportunities inside and outside the classroom, and our graduates find that their degrees have prepared them for a wide variety of experiences within and outside the discipline. I encourage you to explore this new website and see for yourself the many approaches to anthropological research practiced by our faculty and graduate students, and visit us often here or on Facebook to keep up on the achievements of our faculty, students, and alums.


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Upcoming Events

  1. “Deep Scientific Pluralism: A Latin American Feminist Standpoint” by Dr. Sandra Harding

    February 6 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  2. 4th Annual GSA Graduate Research Symposium

    February 8
  3. Anthropology Networking Social

    March 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Faculty Spotlight

  • Featured Faculty: Dr. Joe Hefner

    Featured Faculty: Dr. Joe Hefner

    Dr. Joe Hefner joined the Department of Anthropology in the Fall semester of 2014 as an assistant professor in forensic anthropology. He currently teaches graduate level Human Osteology and Multivariate …Read More »