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.

News & Updates

  • The Department of Anthropology Welcomes new MSU Museum Archaeology Collections Manager, Samantha Ellens
    The Department of Anthropology is happy to welcome the new MSU Museum Archaeology Collections Manager, Samantha Ellens. The position of Collections Manager is jointly supported by the MSU Museum and the Department of Anthropology. Samantha will be responsible for the care, preservation, and documentation of the archaeological collections that are managed and curated collaboratively by Read More
  • Professor Gabriel Wrobel awarded research grant by the Alphawood Foundation
    Department of Anthropology Professor Gabriel Wrobel has been awarded a research grant by the Alphawood Foundation. This funding is in support of a project based in Northern Belize titled “The Marco Gonzalez Archaeological Project: Exploring Ancient Maya Coastal Adaptations in Northern Belize,” and the research will run in conjunction with an MSU Education Abroad program. The Read More
  • Associate Professor Chantal Tetreault awarded MSU HARP Award
    Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Chantal Tetreault was awarded a Humanities and Arts Research Development (HARP) Award for 2023 by Michigan State University’s Office of Research and Innovation. Professor Tetreault’s project is titled “What is Arabic Good For? Arabic Language Educational Reform in France” for which she is currently researching. HARP funding is designed to Read More
  • Associate Professor Mara Leichtman Awarded Institute of Advanced Study Fellowship at Durham University
    Associate Professor Mara Leichtman has been awarded an Institute of Advanced Study fellowship at Durham University, UK, where she is in residence at St. Aidan’s College from January through March 2024. During this time, she will be working on her next book titled “Humanitarian Islam: Transnational Religion and Kuwaiti Development Projects in Africa,” which unpacks Read More
  • MSU Biomarker Laboratory for Anthropological Research is seeking mid-Michigan breastfeeding mothers for upcoming study
    Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Masako Fujita, Director of the MSU Biomarker Laboratory for Anthropological Research, is looking for mid-Michigan breastfeeding mothers to volunteer for an upcoming study, “Exploring Human Milk Immune Specificity.” Qualifying volunteers will be asked to:• Come to Michigan State University East Lansing campus, if possible, with baby – about 2 hours• Read More
  • Associate Professor Masako Fujita Awarded Wenner-Gren Research Grant
    Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Masako Fujita, Director of the MSU Biomarker Laboratory for Anthropological Research, has been awarded the Post-PhD Research Grant by the Wenner-Gren Foundation in support of their new project, “Exploring Human Milk Immune Specificity.” Breastfeeding is good for children’s health in many ways. Immune factors in milk—including antibodies and other proteins, Read More