Michael Petraglia obtained his BA in Anthropology at New York University and his MA and PhD degrees at the University of New Mexico. In 1987, he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, and has since been associated with the Human Origins Program in the National Museum of Natural History. From his base in Washington, DC, Michael conducted Palaeolithic research in India and North American archaeology as part of cultural resource management work at the Parsons Corporation. In 2001 he left the private sector to join the Department of Biological Anthropology and the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies, University of Cambridge. In 2009, he accepted the post of Co-Director of the Centre for Asian Archaeology, Art and Culture at the University of Oxford.
Michael Petraglia’s archaeological research is interdisciplinary, involving collaboration with geneticists, physical anthropologists, palaeontologists, geographers, geologists, and environmental scientists, amongst others. His research has centered on a range of subjects concerning human evolution, including the evolution of cognition, the evolution of behaviour, and the relations between climate change and hominin dispersals. He has conducted archaeological field projects in Africa and Asia, primarily in the Arabian peninsula and the Indian subcontinent.
Michael Petraglia has authored and co-edited 9 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He is the co-editor of two books with Springer Press, The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia: Palaeoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics (2009) and The Evolution and History of Human Populations in South Asia: Inter-disciplinary Studies in Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistics and Genetics (2007). He is co-editor of the book, Human Dispersal and Species Movement: From Prehistory to the Present (in press, Cambridge University Press).