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List of Professors

Namesort icon Years at Michigan Position

Albert C. Spaulding

1947 - 1961
Professor of Anthropology

Andrew Roberto Frisancho

1968 - 2011
Professor of Anthropology

Aram A. Yengoyan

1963 - 1989
Professor of Anthropology

Arthur J. Jelinek

1956 - 1967
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Augustin F. C. Holl

2000 - 2009
Professor of AfroAmerican & African Studies
Professor of Anthropology
Curator, Museum of Anthropology

Brinkley M. Messick

1991 - 1998
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Carl Eugen Guthe

1922 - 1946
Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Chairman of Division of Social Sciences
Director of Museum of Anthropology

Charles Loring Brace

1967 - 2008
Professor of Anthropology
Curator, Museum of Anthropology

Christopher O. Davis-Roberts

1979
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Afro-American Studies

Conrad Kottak

1968 - 2010
Professor of Anthropology
Julian H. Stewart Collegiate Professor of Anthropology
Chair Department Anthropology

Daniel E. Valentine

1990 - 1998
Professor of Anthropology
Director of International Institute

David Andrew Merriwether

1996 - 2003
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Biology

David F. Aberle

1955
Visiting Professor of Anthropology

David W. Cohen

1993 - 2009
Professor of History, Anthropology

Edward Webb Keane Jr.

1997
Professor of Anthropology

Elman R Service

1953 - 1966
Professor of Anthropology

Emerson Frank Greenman

1935 - 1966
Professor of Anthropology

Eric R. Wolf

1961 - 1971
Professor of Anthropology
Chair of the Department of Anthropology

Ernst Goldschmidt

1962 - 1982
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Evelyn L. Barbee

1982
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Nursing

Fernando Coronil

1991 - 2008
Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics

Frances L. Nitzberg

1969 - 1973
Assistant Professor

Frank B. Livingston

1959 - 1996
Professor of Anthropology

Frederick P. Thieme

1949 - 1957
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Chair of the Department of Anthropology

Gillian Freeley-Harnik

1998 - 2012
Professor of Anthropology

Gracia C. Clark

1987 - 1995
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Afro-American Studies

Harvey G. Cox

1985
Visiting Professor of Anthropology, Studies in Religion

Horace M. Miner

1946 - 1980
Professor of Anthropology and Sociology

James Bennett Griffin

1939 - 1976
Professor of Anthropology

James E. Fitting

1964
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

James N. Spuhler

1950 - 1968
Professor of Anthropology & Human Genetics
Chair Department of Anthropology

Janet C. Hart

1988 - 2010
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Janet Leigh Finn

1999 - 2002
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Jean M. Brainard

1983 - 1984
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Jeffrey R. Parsons

1966 - 2006
Professor of Anthropology
Curator of Latin American Archaeology, Museum of Anthropology

John D Speth

1976 - 2012
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Anthropology
Curator, North American Archaeology

John Earls

1975
Unknown

John Stephen Lansing

1995 - 1999
Professor of Anthropology, Natural Resources

Julia Felice Paley

2004 - 2012
Assistant Professor of anthropology

Karl L. Hutterer

1981 - 1991
Professor of Anthropology
Director for Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies

Katherine M. Verdery

1997 - 2005
Professor of Anthropology

Kim R. Hill

1992
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Lawrence A. Hirschfeld

1989 - 2005
Professor of Anthropology, Psychology

Lee A. Peter Gosling

1956 - 1994
Professor of Southeast Asian Studies
Professor of Geography
Chair Department of Geography 1966-1968, 1971-1974

Leslie A. White

1930 - 1970
Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Chair Department of Anthropology

Marcia C. Inhorn

2001 - 2008
Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Women's Studies
Professor of Obsretrics & Gynecology

Mariam Ticktin

2004 - 2008
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

Mark B. Padilla

2006 - 2012
Assistant Professor of Health Behavior & Health Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Michael R. Zimmerman

1977 - 1980
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Pathology

Michael T. Taussig

1971 - 1987
Professor of Anthropology

Morton H. Fried

1960 - 1961
Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology

Niara Sudarkasa

1967 - 1986
Professor of Anthropology
Director of Center for Afro-American & African Studies
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Nicholas Bernard Dirks

1987 - 1997
Professor of Anthropology, History
Director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Norma J. Diamond

1963 - 1996
Professor of Anthropology

Papul K. Dresch

1984 - 1989
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Patricia J. Zavella

1994
Presidential Professor

Raymond C. Kelly

1971 - 2004
Professor of Anthropology

Richard I. Ford

1969 - 2007
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Botany

Richard K. Beardsley

1947 - 1978
Professor of Anthropology

Richard W. Wrangham

1983 - 1989
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Biology

Robbins Burling

1963 - 1995
Professor of Anthropology, Linguistics

Robert B Eckhardt

1968 - 1971
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Robert K. Burns

1963 - 1964
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Roger C. Rouse

1990 - 1997
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Roy A. Rappaport

1965 - 1997
Leslie A. White Professor of Anthropology
Director of the Program on Studies in Religion

Sarah C. Humphreys

1987 - 2000
Professor of History, Anthropology, Classical Studies

Sergei Kan

1983 - 1989
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Sharon K. Stephens

1995 - 1998
Professor of Anthropology

Shepard L. Forman

1973 - 1980
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Sherry B. Ortner

1977 - 1995
Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies

Stanley M. Garn

1968 - 1992
Professor Emeritus Anthropology, Nutrition
Fellow in the Center for Human Growth and Development

Susan F. Harding

1974 - 1989
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Thomas Trautmann

1971 - 2010
Professor of Anthropology & History
Chair Department of History of Art
Director of the Center for South & Southeast Asian Studies

Vern Carroll

1972 - 1993
Professor of Anthropology

Volney Hurt Jones

1945 - 1970
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Walter F. Edwards

1985 - 1987
Assistant Professor of Anthropology

William Davison Schorger

1952 - 1983
Professor of Anthropology

William G. Lockwood

1969 - 1997
Professor of Anthropology