Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Siegel grew up at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying anthropology and African Studies. He spent two years in Zambia studying local Lamba and immigrant Shona market gardeners. He came to Furman in 1981. Dr. Siegel has a son and a daughter, and two grandsons by each. He has authored a dozen different publications, including the Historical Dictionary of Zambia, an article on anthropological concepts of race, one on the Tribe of Ishmael, and nine on Lamba ethnohistory, including "The 'wild' and 'lazy' Lamba: Ethnic stereotypes on the Central African Copperbelt" (in Leroy Vail's Tribalism in Southern Africa, 1989), and "Water spirits and mermaids: The Copperbelt Chitapo" (in Henry John Drewal's Sacred Waters: Arts for Mami Wata and Other Divinities in Africa and the Diaspora, 2008). Dr. Siegel spent two summers studying historical archaeology near Jamestown, Virginia. His courses include World Prehistory, the Anthropology of Religion, and Cultural Ecology. He enjoys cooking, music (jazz, classical chamber, and accordion music), good detective novels and other forms of high class trash.