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Anthropology Ph.D. Student, Aleksandr Sklyar's, research featured in leading Japanese newspaper

The Asahi Shimbun interviews Ukrainian-American researcher, Aleksandr Sklyar, who sees himself in Fukushima evacuees.

The University Record highlights Anna Forringer-Beal, a graduating Michigan Anthropology senior

The University Record 2016 Senior Profiles highlights Anna Forringer-Beal, a graduating Michigan Anthropology senior who has worked with Professor Jason De León.

What does it mean to be human?  Where have we come from?  How do we live and communicate?

What forces have shaped human physiology and social life?  


  • Understanding how we produce goods and power, make kinship and gender, decide what is right and wrong, build and destroy environments -- all in such a variety of ways;

  • Studying language and other forms of communication, such as new media, technology, and the arts;

  • Through archaeological excavations, examining big picture changes in society, culture, and biology over time -- from the deep human past to the fraught realities of lives unfolding today;

  • Investigating the evolution of human and non-human primates through study of adaptation, genetics, behavior, and ecology -- confronting the contours and limits of human uniqueness.

The Anthropology Department is made up of Four Subfields:  


We strive to support our students and faculty on the front lines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, the Department of Anthropology needs you—because the world needs Victors.


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