Jeffrey Painter

Ph.D. Candidate ˇ¤ Department of Anthropology ˇ¤ Michigan State University ˇ¤

My name is Jeffrey Painter and I am an archaeologist working in the mid-continent of the United States. I am currently finishing my Ph.D. at Michigan State University. My current research focuses on food, cooking, and social interaction in late prehistory. I specialize in the analysis of ceramics, specifically investigating vessel function through the analysis of use-alteration patterns. Aside from research, I am also dedicated to public outreach and bringing archaeology to a broader audience.


Graduate Research Assistant

MSU Archaeological Collections

Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University

August 2019 - Present


Great Discoveries in Archaeology

Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University

Spring 2019

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University

Introduction to Archaeology, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, Time, Space, and Change in Human Society, Field Methods in Archaeology


Graduate Research Assistant

Michigan State University

Morton Village Project Lab



Michigan State University

Ph.D. in Anthropology

Expected Graduation 2020

Illinois State University

M.S. in Archaeology


Illinois State University

B.S. in Archaeology




Painter, Jeffrey M., and Jodie O'Gorman
Cooking and Community: An Exploration of Oneota Group Variability through Foodways. Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology 44(3):231-258.


Goldstein, Lynne, with Lisa Bright and Jeffrey M. Painter
Sherds of Spartans Past: Ceramics from the Michigan State University Campus Archaeology Program. In Innovative Approaches and Explorations in Ceramic Studies, edited by Sandra L. L¨®pex Varela, Pp. 107-117. Archaeopress, Inc., Oxford

In Prep

Painter, Jeffrey M.
Cooking and Vessel Function in the Oneota Tradition: A Tremaine Complex Case Study.

Kooiman, Susan M., with Autumn M. Painter and Jeffrey M. Painter
Foodways and Fellowships: Lessons Learned from the Campus Cuisine Project. Book Chapter in edited volume about the MSU Campus Archaeology Program.

Fellowships & Grants

  • Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellowship, Michigan State University [2019 - 2020]
  • Lynne Goldstein Fellowship Award, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University [2019]
  • Campus Archaeology Program Fellowship, Michigan State University [2016 - 2019]
  • Alumni and Friends Expendable Fund for Archaeology Award, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University [2018]
  • Wisconsin Archaeological Society Research Award [2017]
  • Department of Anthropology Fellowship [2014 - 2018]


Author of over 20 blog posts for the MSU Campus Archaeology Program and MSUToday.

Assisted with over 15 public outreach events including Michigan Archaeology Day, MSU Science Fest, MSU Apparitions and Archaeology Haunted Tour, and several elementary school science night fairs.