Charles Musiba, PhD

TZ Chair

Charles is associate professor of biological anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Denver. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Anatomy at Saint Francis University College of Health and Allied sciences in Ifakara, Tanzania. Charles is a native of Tanzania, born and raised on the shores of Lake Victoria in Mwanza town.


After completing his undergraduate studies at the Institute of Anthropology of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt, Germany, Charles returned to Tanzania and worked as an assistant conservator of antiquities in the Department of Antiquities in the Ministry of Natural Resource and Tourism until 1986. He was then awarded a two-year Demokritos Foundation fellowship to join the Anthropological Museum of Xanthi as a research fellow and trainee, after which he earned a master’s degree in human ecology at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium in 1991. Charles’s passion has always been in prehistory, especially biological anthropology, and he received his second master’s degree in biological anthropology in 1995, followed by a Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Chicago.


Currently, Charles is serving as a member of International Council of Archaeological Heritage Management scientific committee, and also as a member of an International committee that is helping Tanzania build an on-site museum at Laetoli as a sustainable conservation solution for the 3.6 million-year-old pre-human footprints at Laetoli.