The Red Book (Anthro-History Student Handbook)

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The Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, founded in 1988 by members of the Anthropology and History Departments, is the first and only program in the United States to provide a formal institutional setting for doctoral training and professional certification in both disciplines. The program builds on the long tradition of dialogue that has crossed disciplinary fences and energized both fields at the University of Michigan. It includes faculty from both departments, as well as professors who share a variety of other department and program appointments at the University of Michigan. This highly selective and moderately sized program brings together an international group of students and faculty and sponsors reading groups, seminars, colloquia and conferences throughout the academic year. Students follow a curriculum of core-courses in each discipline. They have significant flexibility to develop innovative trans-disciplinary projects in all areas of the world and time periods using a wide variety of research techniques and analytical approaches, including fieldwork, archival research and literary analysis. Faculty and students frequently participate in other interdisciplinary institutions and projects at the University of Michigan, including the International Institute and its Advanced Study Center and area centers, the Institute for Studies on Women and Gender, The Institute for the Humanities, and the international journal Comparative Study of Society and History.


Welcome to the "Red Book" of the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History, an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and collaborative effort of the Departments of Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan. This "Red Book" should answer many questions for you through the course of your studies at the University of Michigan. A second, invaluable, source of information is Rackham‘s Graduate Student Handbook. You are given a copy of this when you enter graduate school and it is important that you retain it for future reference. Many of the questions students have at later stages of their graduate program are answered in the Rackham Handbook which is also available on line at the Rackham web site.  You should also feel free to contact the Student Services Assistant with any questions or problems you have as you progress through your studies. Suggestions for amendments to the Program‘s "Red Book" are welcome. The "red book" should be considered as a work-in-progress. Most importantly, this is a small program, with its own history of lively experimentation in the organization of training and the support of research. 

Paul C. Johnson
Director, Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History
4658 Haven Hall

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