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Graduate Research Associate Christopher Crain, Research Associate Grace Turner (PhD '12), and Associate Director Autumn Barrett (PhD '13) with Director Michael Blakey at the opening of the African Burial Ground National Monument (in background) in New York City in 2007

Michael Blakey - IHB Director

Dr. Michael Blakey is National Endowment for the Humanities Professor at the College of William and Mary Department of Anthropology and Director of the Institute for Historical Biology. His work broadly examines the interface of human biology and culture, including the social history of theories that connect biology, "nature,'' social inequality, and behavior; the articulation between human biology, racial ideology, and public policy; the political economy of health in industrial society; the bioarchaeology of the African Diaspora; and the ethics and epistemology of publicly engaged research. His research on the 17th and 18th century African Burial Ground in New York City and the comparative database on the bioarchaeology of the African Diaspora are being developed at the IHB. Dr. Michael Blakey's CV (doc).