Anthropology alumnus Jorge Zamanillo leads launch of the Smithsonian’s newest museum

Sometimes, the small moments that alter the course of one’s life pass unnoticed and only in retrospect is all revealed. Florida State University alumnus Jorge Zamanillo, the newly appointed founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino, was 19 when he visited Washington, D.C., at the invitation of a friend going for a work trip.

Anthropology | Summer 2022
As the state’s top military leader, alumna Tracy Norris guides the Texas Guard to meet today’s missions

Being a leader is nothing new for Tracy Norris. In her long military career, the Army Major General has served in combat zones and worked her way through the ranks, earning increasing positions of responsibility.

Anthropology, Army ROTC | Winter 2022

As millions of people across the United States prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, Florida State University experts are available to talk with reporters working on articles about gratitude, the myth and reality of the holiday and the role turkeys have played for Indigenous peoples long before Europeans settled the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

Philosophy, History, Anthropology

Along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, communities from Texas to Florida are particularly at risk for coastal hazards, including hurricanes, tsunamis, coastal storm surges, flooding, sea-level rise and erosion.


Tanya Peres is an associate professor in the Florida State University Department of Anthropology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Peres has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at FSU since 2015 and serves as the department’s graduate program director. Peres is a registered professional archaeologist and has two decades of lab and field experience.


A Florida State University anthropologist has received a grant from the National Park Service to investigate a site that may hold clues to a 17th-century revolt by the Apalachee Indian Nation against Spanish missionaries.

Anthropology grad student applies STEM techniques to uncover forgotten societies

Tara Skipton was already engaged in studying past civilizations when she arrived at Florida State University in 2019.

Anthropology | Winter 2021

A Florida State University researcher is uncovering archaeological clues from past civilizations of the Mississippi River Valley to help answer key questions about ongoing processes of migration and identity around the world.


A Florida State University faculty member has been awarded a distinguished fellowship from the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark, to study the relationship between interpersonal violence and the rise of wealth inequality during societal transitions in Europe, Asia and Africa. Tom Leppard, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, will use the 12-month fellowship to conduct interdisciplinary research beginning in September.


Lauren Thornberg is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Department of Anthropology with a minor from the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, both part of the College of Arts and Sciences. As part of her studies, Thornberg has been awarded a Boren Scholarship to study Cantonese in Hong Kong next year.

Anthropology, Modern Languages and Linguistics

Three students from the College of Arts and Sciences will study abroad in 2021 to examine important national security issues. Florida State University’s Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics is sending three undergraduate students to study in countries with languages critical to U.S. national security thanks to the David L. Boren Scholarship. The students awarded Boren Scholarships are Russian majors Tetiana Panina and Grace Michaels and anthropology major Lauren Thornberg, who is minoring in Chinese.

Modern Languages and Linguistics, Anthropology, Air Force ROTC

New research from a team of anthropologists has found that a species widely accepted to be an ancestor to humans had a brain with characteristics of apes. The research, led by a team of scientists from Max Planck Institute in Germany that included Florida State Professor of Anthropology Dean Falk, is published in Science Advances.