M.A. in Anthropology, Colorado State University
Dr. Michelle Glantz
After graduating from the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University, I went on to Arizona State University, where I completed a Ph.D. in 2014 from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the Institute of Human Origins. During my time at ASU, I was able to do fieldwork in Ethiopia and South Africa, including work at the site in Ethiopia (called Hadar) where “ Lucy” was first discovered. My dissertation research investigated the evolution of the unique form of the human cranium using data collected from radiographs. After spending two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town where I researched hybridization in the human fossil record, I am currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at the Washington University School of Medicine, where I teach gross anatomy to medical students and perform research on primate craniofacial anatomy.
Note to Current Students
At CSU, I completed an M.A. thesis about Late Pleistocene cranial evolution, which resulted in a peer-reviewed publication. I also participated in paleoanthropological fieldwork in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan under the supervision of Dr. Mica Glantz, and I was also able to enjoy one season of fieldwork in the Republic of Georgia, where I worked at Dmanisi. In addition to experience with fieldwork, I was also exposed to rigorous methodological training while I was at CSU. I also gained a further understanding of anthropology at large, and benefited greatly from the broad and varied interests of the faculty.