James N. Spuhler

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James Norman Spuhler (1971-1992) was a physical anthropologist who studied physical anthropology at Harvard before the beginning of World War II. After Spuhler finished his master’s degree, he served with the U.S. Army during the war as a Japanese document translator. Upon returning to the U.S., Spuhler began studying human genetics and is one of the first physical anthropologists to publish a dissertation on the topic. After teaching at several universities he became a professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, studying human genetics. He taught from 1967-1984.

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"James N. Spuhler, Professor of Anthropology & Human Genetics," Faculty History Project, University of Michigan, 2011.

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