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Dr. Heather Howard publishes in Syndemic Magazine

Department of Anthropology associate professor Dr. Heather Howard recently published an article in Syndemic Magazine. The article is titled “First Nations, Contagion, and Canada: The Lineages of Pandemic Colonialism the Americas.” In examining the pandemic’s ties to colonialism, the article states: “If the overall “trick” of settler colonialism is to convince settlers they are natives […]

Professor Emeritus Lovis Conferred Michigan Archaeological Society Merit Award

The Michigan Archaeological Society, the oldest and largest avocational archaeological organization for citizen scholars in the state of Michigan, has conferred its highest award on Professor Emeritus William A. Lovis. The MAS Merit Award honors individuals “for sustained, outstanding, and significant contributions to Michigan archaeology”. This award recognizes Dr. Lovis’ half century of research into […]

Team of Anthropologists organizes international ‘Teaching the City’ workshop

On April 8th, 2022, over 220 international scholars and professors came together online to engage with pedagogical questions and practical case studies for a day-long virtual workshop on “Teaching the City”. The workshop designed around two core questions: “How do we teach about the city? What sits at the core of our educational and pedagogical […]

Ph.D. student Kelly Kamnikar and Dr. Joe Hefner publish a chapter in Avances en Antropología Forense.

Department of Anthropology Ph.D. student Kelly Kamnikar and assistant professor Dr. Joe Hefner recently published a chapter in Avances en Antropología Forense. This chapter reviews population affinity estimation using macromorphoscopic trait analysis. The authors focus on the application of this method to Latin American groups and discuss refining broad categories used in population affinity estimation, like Hispanic. […]

Ph.D. student Kelly Kamnikar and Dr. Joe Hefner publish in Forensic Anthropology

Department of Anthropology Ph.D. student Kelly Kamnikar, assistant professor Dr. Joe Hefner, and co-authors Dr. Timisay Monsalve, and Dr. Liliana Maria Bernal Florez recently published an article in Forensic Anthropology. The article is titled “Craniometric Variation in a Regional Sample from Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia: Implications for Forensic Work in the Americas.” This publication examines a […]

MSU Anthropology alum finds success in the business world

“Rarely is there another person in any meeting room that I’m in that has the background that I have,” MIchigan State University alumnus Jeffrey Bennish laughed good-naturedly. Bennish is the Vice President of QuVA Pharma Inc., a 503B pharmacy drug manufacturer, who graduated with a degree in anthropology.  “I think you can use a lot […]

Ph.D. students Micayla Spiros, Amber Plemons, and Jack Biggs publish in Science & Justice

Ph.D. students Micayla Spiros, Amber Plemons, and Jack Biggs co-authored a paper in a special issue of Science & Justice on the Future of Teaching, Training and Learning in Forensic and Crime Sciences. Their paper, entitled: “Pedagogical Access and Ethical Considerations in Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology” focuses on access, ethics, and pedagogy in fields using […]

Ph.D. Student Priyanka Jayakodi wins Dr. Delia Koo Global Student Scholarship

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Ph.D. student Priyanka Jayakodi has been awarded the Dr. Delia Koo Global Student Scholarship. The Dr. Delia Koo Global Scholarship is administered by the Asian Studies Center to provide scholarships to students from Asia and to further MSU’s interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow […]

Ph.D. Candidate Alexis Goots, alumna Dr. Mari Isa, and Anthropology Department Chair Dr. Todd Fenton publish in Forensic Science International

Department of Anthropology Ph.D. candidate, Alexis Goots, MSU Anthropology alumna, Dr. Mari Isa, Anthropology Department Chair, Dr. Todd Fenton, and Dr. Feng Wei recently published an article in Forensic Science International: Reports. The article is titled “Blunt force trauma in the human mandible: An experimental investigation.” The article discusses the number and types of fractures […]