Jeffrey Painter

Ph.D. Candidate · Department of Anthropology · Michigan State University ·

My name is Jeffrey Painter and I am an archaeologist broadly interested in understanding how population dynamics, such as migration, structured the development of communities and larger social formations in the past. I am currently finishing my Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University. My current research focuses on foodways, particularly coooking, as a mechanism of integration among collescent communities. Within this framework, I specialize in the analysis of ceramics, specifically the investigation of vessel function through use-alteration analysis. Aside from my research, I am dedicated to working with students and public outreach.


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. López 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.

Grants & Awards

  • Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner, Midwest Archaeological Conference [2019]
            Cooking up a Common Ground: Vessel use and Social Interaction at Morton Village
  • Lynne Goldstein Fellowship Award, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University [2019]
  • Alumni and Friends Expendable Fund for Archaeology Award, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University [2018]
  • Wisconsin Archaeological Society Research Award [2017]


  • Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellowship, Michigan State University [2019 - 2020]
  • Campus Archaeology Program Fellowship, Michigan State University [2016 - 2019]
  • 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.