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Jessica Lowen​, a PhD candidate, talks Human Trafficking with Michigan Radio

It’s hard to find help for human trafficking victims in Michigan. One researcher aims to change that

Wild monkeys use loud calls to assess the relative strength of rivals

Researchers based at the University of Michigan, Georgia State University and Princeton University have discovered that gelada males decide to escalate contests with opponents based on their condition relative to to the condition of their opponent

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.


Save the date! The 2018 Roy A. Rappaport Lectures

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan will present the Winter 2018 Roy A. Rappaport Lectures by Damani Partridge.

This series of four public lectures will be based on Professor Partridge's  book-in-progress in Winter term 2018.  Please save the dates below!

1/19/2018 3:00 p.m. in the Rackham Assembly Hall - 4th Floor Rackham Bldg

2/23/2018 3:00 p.m.  in the Rackham Assembly Hall - 4th Floor Rackham Bldg

3/09/2018 3:00 p.m. in the Rackham Assembly Hall - 4th Floor Rackham Bldg

4/6/2018 3:00 p.m. in the Rackham Assembly Hall - 4th Floor Rackham Bldg


Damani Partidge is associate professor of Anthropology and Afroamerican and African Studies. He has published on questions of citizenship, sexuality, post-Cold War “freedom,” Holocaust memorialization, African-American military occupation, the production of noncitizens, and the Obama moment in Berlin. 


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