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U-M Anthro welcomes new faculty for fall 2023

Help us welcome Luciana Chamorro (sociocultural) and Tini Lasisi (biological) to the department!

Webb Keane co-authors Spectator article on AI

"Deus ex machina: the dangers of AI godbots," co-authored by Keane and Scott J. Shapiro, was featured by The Spectator (UK) in their July 29, 2023 issue.


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.