Peter Siegel, PhD
Peter E. Siegel, Associate Professor of Anthropology at MSU, and one of the leading scholars in Caribbean archaeology, has worked in the region for 25 years. Prior to joining the MSU faculty, his experience included 14 years in the applied sector of heritage management. He has conducted archaeological projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and South America.
Dr. Siegel's research has focused most directly on sociopolitical organization and issues of complexity on Puerto Rico and the Greater Antilles. Since 2007, he has led an interdisciplinary team of researchers in paleoecology and archaeology to address human-land relations in the prehistoric Caribbean. His project in Caribbean historical ecology through the Holocene is providing an important interpretive context to understand interactions between resident and colonizing populations and changes in human-environmental relations. Ultimately, this research will provide a framework to better understand the dramatic social and political changes that occurred over seven millennia of human occupations in the Caribbean.
Currently, under a four-month Fulbright grant for Spring 2012, Dr. Siegel is participating in research and teaching in the Caribbean Research Group at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
In addition to teaching and doing archaeology, Siegel enjoys juggling and playing blues harmonica.