Michael Dietler is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, where he has been teaching since 1995.
He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Stanford University. He taught at Yale University before moving to Chicago.
He conducts archaeological research in Europe, and ethnographic and historical research in Africa, Europe, and the US, frequently in collaboration with his wife, Ingrid Herbich.
He has been a research fellow at the the Paris Institute for Advanced Studies (France), the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and the School for Advanced Research (Santa Fe). He has also been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and at the University of Paris I (Sorbonne-Panthéon), and a research associate of the CNRS Unit 154 at Montpellier-Lattes (France).
At UChicago, he is also associated faculty in the Classics Department, an affiliate of the Program in the Ancient Mediterranean World, a member of the Committee on African Studies and the Nicholson Center for British Studies, and he is a former Director of the University of Chicago's Paris Center.
"The past is never dead. It's not even past."