Dr. Andrew Kramer is a Professor of Anthropology and the Head of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Kramer earned his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Kramer specializes in Biological Anthropology, specifically Paleoanthropology, species recognition in fossils, and reconstructing human evolution.  His research has taken him around the world: from West Java, Indonesia, to Africa where he oversaw paleoanthropological, archaeological and geological fieldwork at various sites.

His research interest centers around the issue of human origins, specifically addressing the questions of: When did humans split from the common ancestor we share with the apes?  Where and how did modern humans first evolve?  How can an extinct species, often represented only by fragmentary bones and teeth, be recognized in the fossil record?