Dr. Michael L. Blakey
Michael Blakey received a B.A. at Howard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has held numerous research appointments, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has served as President of the Association of Black Anthropologists, and as founder and curator at the W. Montague Cobb Biological Anthropology Laboratory. Since 2001, Dr. Blakey has held a joint position in the departments of Anthropology and American Studies at the College of William and Mary, where he founded the Institute for Historical Biology. Professor Blakey served as Principal Scientific Director of the New York African Burial Ground Project from 1992 -2004. He is currently a member of the Scholarly Advisory Committee for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the Mall. Mr. Blakey has consulted on many museum exhibitions including the American Anthropological Association’s “Race: are we so different” and the Visitor Center of the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City. He has received numerous honors, including, most recently, the 2012 SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America.