Ethan Watrall

  • Assistant Professor, Anthropology
  • Associate Director, MATRIX: Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Director, Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative


Natural Sciences 412; McDonel Hall E-37

Research Interests

  • Digital Archaeology & Heritage
  • Heritage Studies
  • Egyptian Archaeology (Predynastic)
  • Pseudoarchaeology
  • Public & Community Archaeology

Biographical Info

An anthropological archaeologist who has worked in North America and the Near East, Ethan Watrall is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences at Michigan State University. In addition, Ethan is Director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative and the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool at Michigan State University. Currently, Ethan is Co-PI of the NEH funded ARCS: Archaeological Resource Cataloguing System project, Director of the NEH funded Institute for Digital Archaeological Method and Practice, and Co-PI of the NEH funded Archive of Malian Photography project. Ethan’s interest primarily fall in the domain of digital public archaeology and heritage, with particular interest in mobile digital public heritage and digital heritage mapping for public outreach and engagement. Ethan is co-editor of Archaeology 2.0: New Tools for Communication and Collaboration, an open access volume published by the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press.