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

  • Anthropology undergraduate Levi Webb: Passion for the stars and the people below them
    Levi Webb with other summer MSU Archaeology Field School students. Photo courtesy of Levi Webb.  Levi Webb’s academic advisor suggested he add a minor in computational modeling or mathematics, a more “typical” pathway for an astrophysics major, but after taking anthropology-based ISS courses on different cultures and perspectives, Webb decided to follow his passion. “As Read More
  • Assistant Professor Dr. Kurt Rademaker publishes in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
    Department of Anthropology Assistant Professor Dr. Kurt Rademaker and co-authors Gordon Bromley (lead-author), Aaron Putnam, Brenda Hall, Holly Thomas, Allie Balter-Kennedy, Stephen Barker, and Donald Rice publish in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface. The article, titled, “Lateglacial Shifts in Seasonality Reconcile Conflicting North Atlantic Temperature Signals” presents glacial geologic evidence from Scotland revealing patterns of late Pleistocene (Ice Age) Read More
  • Featured Staff, Roxanne Moran
    The Department of Anthropology is delighted to feature Roxanne Moran, who has been working in the department for sixteen years. Roxanne began her career at Michigan State University in March 2001. She initially worked as a teller in the Cashier’s office, then moved to Contracts & Grants. In 2006, Roxanne joined the Department of Anthropology Read More
  • New Graduate Program Director, Dr. Stacey Camp
    The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Associate Professor and the Director of the MSU Campus Archaeology Program, Dr. Stacey Camp is our new Graduate Program Director. Dr. Camp sees this as an excellent opportunity to get to know incoming students and help graduate students navigate their academic programs. Dr. Camp has been in administrative roles Read More
  • Department of Anthropology Graduate Student Publications: 2022
    Graduate students in the Department of Anthropology are often able to begin publishing their research in academic journals before graduating. Congratulations to our graduate students on their publications in 2022! The names of the graduate students are in bold, and the names of Anthropology faculty members are underlined.  Biggs, Jack. A., Jeffrey J. Burnett, Rhian R. Dunn, Emily B. Read More
  • Dr. Chantal Tetreault’s ANP 420: Language and Cultures partnership with Lab for Education & Advancement in Digital Research (LEADR) to teach students about online research was showcased in MSU Digital Humanities Newsletter
    Staff members in the Lab for Education & Advancement in Digital Research (LEADR) collaborate with History and Anthropology faculty to incorporate digital research methods into a variety of classes each semester. This fall Dr. A. L. McMichael (Director, LEADR) and Dr. Chantal Tetreault (Associate Professor, Anthropology) continued a tradition of collaborating on ANP 420: Language Read More