Anthropology and History


Anthropology and History

Admits Fall term. Deadline for applications and all supporting documents is December 1. The following supporting documents are necessary for a complete application: statement of purpose; writing sample; three letters of recommendation; one copy of the degree transcript uploaded to the online application and mailed to Rackham. All U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents and international students who have received a degree from a U.S. institution are required to submit the GRE. International students, who did not receive a degree from a U.S. institution, are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Contact department for additional information and requirements.
Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 00054; Academic Program: Anthropology and History; Ph.D.


Director: Alaina Lemon (Anthropology)

Professors: Hakem Amer Al-Rustom (History), Kelley Askew (Anthropology), Ruth Behar (Anthropology/Women’s Studies), Howard Brick (History), Charles Bright (History/Residential College), Kathleen Canning (History), Chun-shu Chang (History), Joshua Cole (History), Juan Cole (History), Philip Deloria (Histroy and American Culture), Paul Edwards (History/Information), Frieda Ekotto (Romance Languages), Geoff Eley (History), Gillian Feeley-Harnik (Anthropology), Nancy Florida (Asian Languages and Culture), Katherine French (History), Tom Fricke (Anthropology), Dario Gaggio (History), Dena Goodman (History and Women’s Studies), Myron Gutmann (History),Gabrielle Hecht (History), George Hoffman (Romance Languages), Joel Howell (History/Med School/Public Health), Judith T. Irvine (Anthropology), Kali Israel (History),Paul Johnson (History/Afroamerican & African Studies),Webb Keane (Anthropology), Mary Kelley (History), Stuart Kirsch (Anthropology), Conrad Kottak (Anthropology), Alaina Lemon (Anthropology), Rudi Lindner (History), Bruce Mannheim (Anthropology), Joyce Marcus (Anthropology), Peggy McCracken (Romance Languages), Regina Morantz-Sanchez (History), Erik Mueggler (Anthropology), Douglas Northrop (History), Martin Pernick (History), Derek Peterson (History), David Porter (English), Brian Porter-Szücs (History), Helmut Puff (History), Elisha Renne (Anthropology), Jennifer Robertson (Anthropology), Andrew Shryock (Anthropology), Mrinalini Sinha (History), Carla Sinopoli (Anthropology), Margaret Somers (Sociology), Alexandra Stern (American Culture/Obstetrics and Gynecology/Women’s Studies), Ronald Suny (History), Heather Thompson (Afroamerican and African Studies, Residencial College) Jeffery Veidlinger (History, Judaic Studies), Henry Wright (Anthropology)

Associate Professors: Kathryn Babayan (History/Near Eastern Studies), Robin Beck (Anthropology), John Carson (History), Par Cässel (History), Sueann Caulfied (History), Deirdre de la Cruz (History), Christopher De Pee (History), Krisztina Fehervary (Anthropology), Amal Fadlalla (Afroamerican and African Studies/Women’s Studies), William Glover (History), Rebecca Hardin (Anthropology/SNRE), Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof (History), Matthew Hull (Anthropology), Hussein Fancy (History), Kali Israel (History), Matthew Lassiter (History), Michael McGovern (Anthropology), Christi Ann Merrel (Comparative Literature), Ellen Muehlberger (Near Eastern Studies, Histroy, Classical Studies), Farina Mir (History), Ian Moyer (History), Rachel Neis (History), Damani Partridge (Anthropology), Leslie Pincus (History), Elizabeth Roberts (Anthropology), Gayle Rubin (Anthropology), Rudolph Ware (History)

Assistant Professors: Perrin Selcer (History), Melanie Tanielian (History)

Lecturers: Holly Peters-Golden (Anthropology), David Frye (Anthropology)

Degree Programs

Interdepartmental Degree Program

The Doctoral program in Anthropology and History, a collaborative effort of the two departments, offers simultaneous training and genuine professional certification in the two disciplines. The program is designed, further, to secure the intellectual and methodological rapprochement between the two disciplines. Over the last two decades there has been increasing recognition in anthropology of the need to study cultures in historical depth, while social and cultural historians have turned to anthropology for guidance and instruction

Doctor of Philosophy

The Ph.D. in Anthropology and History is awarded to students who have satisfied the following requirements as graduate students:

  • Successfully completed, with a grade of B or better, the two core courses in Sociocultural Theory (Anthropology 526 and 527) and one additional core course in another subdiscipline (archaeology, linguistics, biology)
  • Successfully completed, with a grade of B or better, the Anthropology & History Core Seminar, and one 700-level History Seminar
  • Passed departmental evaluations in Anthropology and History
  • Demonstrated basic proficiency in two languages, other than English, with scholarly literatures
  • Passed the preliminary examination, often called the "general examination," in Anthropology and History
  • Written a satisfactory doctoral dissertation

Preliminary Examination: Prelims should be taken by the end of the students' third year in the program. Students prepare four fields: ethnology plus three fields that are bi-disciplinary. Students may "course off" one field, i.e. they may fulfill that requirement without an exam by taking six credits (or more) of course-work. Students take two written exams and one oral exam to test the other fields. These exams test critical knowledge of the key theoretical approaches, methodological issues, and research orientations in the fields chosen.

Dissertation: As a Ph.D. candidate, the student's focus is on the preparation of the dissertation, a work of original research and writing. The first stage is the preparation of the dissertation prospectus, discussed and agreed upon with the student's dissertation committee through a scheduled prospectus defense. The prospectus defense should take place within three to four months of completing the preliminary exams and the dissertation committee should include at least one member from each of the two departments conducting the program.


Anthropology and History
University of Michigan
1029 Tisch Hall
435 S. State
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
Phone: (734) 764-6358
Fax: (734) 647-4881
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Program Statistics: Ph.D.

Ph.D. Admissions
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Number of applications 44 46
Number of new doctoral students 3 3
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
Total enrollment 26 31
Female 50% 50%
Male 50% 50%
International 23% 25%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 77% 75%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2016 5 Year Average
African American 10% 9%
Asian American 5% 3%
Hispanic (one or more races) 10% 9%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 55% 62%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 5% 4%
Not indicated 15% 13%
Ph.D. Degree
2016 5 Year Average
Number of degrees awarded 9 20
Median years to Ph.D. 8.16 8.21
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2016 76%
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2016 54%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2016 5 Year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 91% 82%
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition OR stipend support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 9% 16%
Enrolled Ph.D. students who received no financial support (in many cases, students competed successfully for external funding and did not need additional financial support) 0% 2%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type tenth year after graduation, 2003 - 2007 cohorts Position type fifth year after graduation, 2008 - 2012 cohorts Position type first year after graduation, 2012 - 2016 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 75% 43% 45%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 0% 21% 20%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 17% 21% 10%
Business / Industry 8% 7% 0%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 0% 7% 0%
Not employed 0% 0% 10%
No data available 0% 0% 0%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 12 14 20

Program statistics are updated annually in December. Last updated December 22, 2016.