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Following the Migrant Trail

To study the phenomenon in Mexico, De León focused his work on ethnography: interviewing people, meeting them at different points of their journey, photographing them, giving them cameras. He wants to tell all of their stories, he says.

Scott Stonington discusses understanding of chronic pain in Thailand

Scott Stonington is featured in the Michigan Daily, talking about his work on perceptions of chronic pain in Thailand.

The Anthropology Department is made up of Four Subfields:   

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.