New Article in The Conversation by Associate Professor Gabriel D. Wrobel on Ancient Maya

Department of Anthropology Associate Professor Gabriel D. Wrobel recently published in a new article in The Conversation in which he discusses how how trophies made from human skulls hint at regional conflict around the time of the Classic Maya civilizations collapse. Read the full article at

Spring 2019 Newsletter

Spring 2019 Newsletter

New Digital Heritage Imaging Lab Opens 2019 Photo Contest Winners Featured Alumna, Eve Avdoulos Cities of the Arab World Conference Forensic Anthropology in the News Dr. Goldstein Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 3rd Annual Endowed Archaeology Lecture Andean Girl Returns Home Dr. Ethan Watrall Receives DEADDA Grant Featured Faculty, Dr. Kurt Rademaker Dr. Hourani Receives Grants […]

Congratulations to PhD Graduates

The Department of Anthropology would like to congratulate all of our recent graduating PhD students, including Lisa Fine (Archaeology), Kehli Henry (Socio-cultural Anthropology), Andrew Upton (Archaeology), Shanti Zaid (Socio-Cultural Anthropology), Jessica Yann (Archaeology), Blair Zaid (Archaeology), Even Guay (Medical Anthropology), Frank Raslich (Archaeology), and Nicole Raslich (Archaeology).

Anthropology Department Recognizes Graduating Seniors

This past Saturday, the Anthropology Department recognized the success of 29 undergraduates that either have completed, or will complete, their degree requirements this spring or summer. The department hosted a reception following commencement, in further recognition of our students’ achievements. As part of the festivities, we asked all of our graduates to provide us with […]

Professor Joe Hefner Quoted in Washington Post Article on Sri Lanka Easter Bombing

In a recent Washington Post article (subscription required) Dr. Joe Hefner, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, discusses the Easter terrorist bombing in Sri Lanka. Hefner, a board-certified forensic anthropologist who assisted in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, provided The Washington Post with his expert perspective on the incredible challenges in identifying victims […]

PhD Student Jordi Rivera Prince Awarded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Predoctoral Fellowship

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that PhD student Jordi Rivera Prince has been awarded a prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Predoctoral Fellowship to support her dissertation research. This year the program awarded approximately 70 predoctoral fellowships in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, […]

Annual Anthropology Fieldwork Photo Contest for 2019

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to open the call for submissions to the 2019 Annual Anthropology Fieldwork Photo Contest. This contest is open to MSU Department of Anthropology graduate students, undergraduates, alumni and faculty. Entries must be the original work of the entrant. We will accept photographs from the last five calendar years (taken […]

Fall/Winter 2018 Newsletter is now available here

Here you can find links to each article in the Fall/Winter 2018 newsletter as well as interactive content unavailable in our print format. New Graduate Program Director Message from the Chair: Dr. Jodie O’Gorman Featured Graduate Student, Autumn Painter Featured Faculty, Dr. Lucero Radonic New Research on the Peopling of the Americas Alumni & Friends […]

Emily Milton awarded a Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research

The Department of of Anthropology is pleased to announce that grad student Emily Milton has been awarded a Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research for her MA thesis project. The goal of the project is to develop a method to approximate the season of death for South American camelids (the wild ancestors of the […]