CCSU Anthropology

Michael Alan Park
(860) 832-2614

After several majors I stumbled onto anthropology at Indiana University and stuck with it, getting my B.A. in 1969, my M.A. in 1971, and my Ph.D. in 1979.  I started teaching at CCSU in 1973. My specialties are in biological anthropology: human genetics, the human fossil record, evolutionary theory, and human osteology. I am also interested in the nature of science and the public perception of science.

Courses taught: 

  ANTH 140 Introduction to Anthropology

  ANTH 160 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

  ANTH 245 Laboratory in Biological Anthropology

  ANTH 335 Theories of Human Evolution and Behavior

  ANTH 365 The Anthropology of Human Differences

  ANTH 475 (various special topics courses)

  ANTH 490 Senior Thesis

I have also taught and team-taught courses in the Honors Program and in the Biology Department. 

I have written six anthropology textbooks:

  Workbook in General Anthropology (with Jack A. Lucas) 1979 Kendall-Hunt

  Anthropology: An Introduction  1986  Harper & Row

  Human Antiquity: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology

  (with Kenneth L. Feder)  McGraw-Hill, now in its 5th edition

  Biological Anthropology McGraw-Hill, now in its 7th edition

  Biological Anthropology: An Introductory Reader McGraw-Hill, now in its

  6th edition

  Introducing Anthropology: An Integrated Approach McGraw-Hill, now in

  its 6th edition

and one trade book:

  Exploring Evolution 2012 Vivays Publishing (London)


I consider myself as much an educator as a scholar and so I give numerous talks to school and public groups on anthropology and on aspects of science. My three hours of fame came in 1982 when I debated the famous scientific creationist, Duane Gish, before an audience of over 1200. (I think I won. Duane Gish thought he did too!)