Course Instructor: Olivia “Livy” Drexler.

Hi, my name is Livy and I am your instructor and point of contact for this course. I am a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology focusing on medical anthropology, Native American and indigenous people, disability studies, and gender. I am happy to help and assist you in any way I can. Don’t be afraid to email me!

You can contact me via email at:

Office Hours

Since this is an online course, there are no designated office hours. If you wish to discuss your final projects, the course material, etc. face-to-face, I am happy to make arrangements to meet with you in person, or online via Skype or Zoom. Please email me to schedule an appointment.

Questions about the Course

If you have a question about the course, there’s a good chance that someone else has the same question.  Please post any questions as comments to the Questions page. I will check this page regularly to answer your questions, but I strongly encourage students to help each other out. Your classmates are a great resource, and your colleagues may be able to respond faster than I can!

If you have something private you need to discuss, or if you have a message specifically for me, please do not hesitate to email. I get a lot of emails, so please do the following to make sure I see yours right away:

  • Put “ANP 270” in the subject line
  • Address me politely, i.e. “Hello Livy,” or “Dear Livy.” “Drexler” or “Mx. Drexler” is also acceptable, but DO NOT ADDRESS ME AS MS or MRS.
  • Sign your emails with your first and last name

I will try to respond to all emails as soon as possible, but please allow up to 48 hours for a response, especially if it is over the weekend. I will not reply if the information you seek is easily found on this website.

Anthropology Online Course Help Desk

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the WordPress website (your password isn’t working, you’re receiving an error message when logging in, etc.) you should email the ANP WordPress technical team at:  anphelp [at] msu [dot] edu.

This email does NOT come to me. In order for the technical team to assist you, you must:

  • Send the email from your address
  • Include your first and last name
  • Include the course code (ANP 270)

D2L Help Desk

In this course, you will only need to use D2L for accessing your gradebook. However, if you ever have any issues with D2L, you should contact them directly.

Local: (517) 355-2345

Toll Free: (800) 500-1554
(North America and Hawaii)

Web: D2L Contact Form
Web: D2L Help Site


MSU Writing Center Support

The MSU Writing Center offers free one-on-one consultations to all students. They’ll help you with any kind of writing, at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming ideas to final proofreading. And you do NOT have to have something written before you make an appointment – if you’re stuck with an assignment, or experiencing writer’s block, they can help!
This summer, WC appointments are available in-person and online Monday-Thursday 9:00-5:00 and Friday 9:00-2:00. You can schedule appointments at