Susan R. Martin

  • Professor Emerita
  • PhD, Michigan State University, 1985
  • MA, Michigan State University, 1977
  • AB, Miami University, 1970


The thing that I enjoy most about my job is involving undergraduates in research, and watching (and assisting) the graduate students as they become creative professionals. I also enjoy meeting the public and helping to interpret the archaeological record for them.  For a number of years I have been working on prehistoric copper and its uses by the native people of the Lake Superior region. The prehistoric mining evidence in this region is one of its most unique characteristics.  I am also interested in the history of anthropology as practiced in the Lake Superior Basin.   In addition I take part in efforts to engage the public in local heritage issues and events.

Areas of Expertise

  • Heritage Management and Studies
  • Prehistoric Archaeology
  • Native American Technologies
  • Ancient Copper
  • Food Systems

Recent Funding

  • Curation of Archaeological Collections from the Hiawatha National Forest, Michigan
  • Curation of Archaeological Collections from the Ottawa National Forest, Michigan


Research Projects

  • Research into the anthropological careers of three women in the Midwest: Frances Densmore, Inez Hilger, and Ruth Landes.

Teaching Experience

  • SS 4100 – American Indian Political Issues
  • SS 4001 – History of Social Thought
  • SS 5900 – Heritage Management
  • SS 3250 – Human Origins and Evolution
  • SS 3110 – Food Systems
  • SS 2100 - World Peoples and Environments