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. First Annual Director’s Lecture, Dr. Mark Auslander

    September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Dr. Gabrielle Vail classroom workshop

    September 27 @ 8:30 am - 9:50 am
  3. Indigenous Astronomies and Cosmologies: Deciphering Prehispanic Maya Texts and Textile Designs

    September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. “Hospitality, Food, and Power: A Comparative Perspective”

    October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
  5. Apparitions & Archaeology: A Haunted Campus Tour

    October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Faculty Spotlight

  • Featured Faculty: Dr. Beth Drexler

    Featured Faculty: Dr. Beth Drexler

    Dr. Beth Drexler has been very research active recently, thanks to an American Institute for Indonesian Studies Luce Fellowship (2014-2016) and a Fulbright (2015-2017). Her current project explores human rights …Read More »