External Professor

Melinda Zeder is a Senior Research Scientist and Curator of Old World Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Zeder received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1985. She came to the Smithsonian in 1981 as a pre-doctoral fellow, and was a Smithsonian Research Associate from 1982 until 1989, during which time she headed her own independent consulting firm. She served as Deputy Chair of the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology from 1989 to 1992 when she assumed the position of a research scientist in the Archaeobiology Program, which she directed from 2002 to 2010.