Anthropology and History


Anthropology and History

Admits Fall term. Deadline for applications is December 1. The following supporting documents are necessary for a complete application: a statement of purpose (with cover sheet); a writing sample; three letters of recommendation; two copies of the degree transcript. 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: Paul C. Johnson

Professors: Kelly Askew (Anthropology), Ruth Behar (Anthropology/Women's Studies), Howard Brick (History), Charles Bright (History/Residential College), David William Cohen (Anthropology/History), Juan Cole ( History), Geoff Eley (History), Gillian Feeley-Harnik (Anthropology), Nancy Florida Asian Languages & Culture), Tom Fricke (Anthropology), Kevin Gaines (History), Dena Goodman (History), Myron Gutmann (History), Joel Howell (History/Med School/Public Health), Judith T. Irvine (Anthropology), Webb Keane (Anthropology), Conrad Kottak (Anthropology), Alaina Lemon (Anthropology), Bruce Mannheim (Anthropology), Joyce Marcus (Anthropology), Regina Morantz-Sanchez (History), Rudolf Mrazek (History), Martin Pernick (History), Jennifer Robertson (Anthropology), William G. Rosenberg (History), Carla Sinopoli (Anthropology), Ronald Suny (History), Thomas Trautmann (History/Anthropology), Henry Wright (Anthropology), Norman Yoffee (Anthropology).

Associate Professors: John Carson (History), Sueann Caulfield (History), Joshua Cole (History), Dario Gaggio (History), Rebecca Hardin (Anthropology & SNRE), Janet Hart (Anthropology), Gabrielle Hecht (History), Diane Hughes (History), Nancy Hunt (History/Obstetrics & Gynecology), Kali Israel (History), Paul C. Johnson (History / Afroamerican & African Studies), Stuart Kirsch (Anthropology), Matthew Lassiter (History), Erik Mueggler (Anthropology), Douglas Northrop (History), Leslie Pincus (History), Brian Porter-Sz?cs (History), Helmut Puff (History), Elisha Renne (Anthropology), Damon Salesa (History), Andrew Shryock (Anthropology).

Assistant Professors: Par Kristoffer Cassel (History), Christian de Pee (History), Krisztina Fehervary (Anthropology), Mattew Hull (Anthropology), Farina Mir (History), Ian Moyer (History / IPGRH),  Rachael Neis (History), Julia Paley (Anthropology/Social Work), Damani Partridge (Anthropology), Gayle Rubin (Anthropology), Rudolph Ware (History).

Lecturers: Holly Peters-Golden (Anthropology).

Visiting Professors: Miranda Johnson (History).

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.

In addition to the specific requirements listed below, see the Doctoral Degrees section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

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 Ethnology (Anthropology 526 and 527) and one additional core course in another subdiscipline (archaeology, linguistics, biology)
  • successfully completed, with a grade of B or better, one of the designated studies courses in History (usually History 615), 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 fields, 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.

For information on the dissertation committee, final oral examination, and publication of dissertation, see the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.


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. Admissions
Fall 2014 5 year Average
Number of applications 55 48
Number of new doctoral students 3 3
Ph.D. Enrollment
Fall 2014 5 year Average
Total enrollment 35 34
Female 49% 45%
Male 51% 55%
International 26% 31%
U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 74% 69%
Ph.D. Enrollment, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, by Race
Fall 2014 5 year Average
African American 12% 6%
Asian American 0% 4%
Hispanic (one or more races) 8% 11%
Native American 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 62% 66%
Two or more races (excludes Hispanic) 4% 4%
Not indicated 15% 8%
Ph.D. Degree
2014 5 year Average
Number of degrees awarded 5 3
Median years to Ph.D. 8.7 8.4
Percent of students who entered the doctoral program between 2000-01 and 2004-05 and completed the Ph.D. as of August 31, 2014 71%
Funding (external funding paid directly to Ph.D. students, without being disbursed by the University, is not included)
2014 5 year Average
Enrolled Ph.D. students with tuition AND stipend support 75% 78%
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) 22% 15%
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) 3% 7%
Ph.D. Placement Data
Position type first year after graduation, 2010 - 2014 cohorts Position type five years after graduation, 2006 - 2010 cohorts Position type ten years after graduation, 2002 - 2005 cohorts
Tenure-track faculty 25% 44% 100%
Postdoctoral / Traineeship / Fellowship 50% 13% 0%
Non-Tenure Track Faculty / University Researcher / University Administrator 0% 25% 0%
Business / Industry 6% 6% 0%
Other professional employment / Government / Non-Profit 0% 6% 0%
Not employed 13% 0% 0%
No data available 6% 6% 0%
Total Ph.D.s awarded 16 16 5

These data will be updated annually in December.