George J. Bey III

Professor of Anthropology

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Professor of Anthropology

I am Dr. George Bey, a world-renowned archaeologist focusing on Maya civilization. I’ve been featured in several National Geographic documentaries on the Maya civilization and currently conduct research with Millsaps students at the archaeological site of Kiuic, located within the Millsaps Biocultural Reserve in Yucatan. In addition to teaching courses on the Maya and other ancient civilizations, such as ancient Egypt, I offer a wide range of courses in the Sociology-Anthropology Department, including Forensic Anthropology and various courses on popular culture, such as Disney and the American Way of Life. I’ve authored numerous articles and books on archaeology and more recently have begun publishing on Disney. I hold the Chisholm Chair in Arts and Sciences, am a National Geographic Explorer, and am a member of the Explorers Club. In 2022, I was named one of the Explorers Club 50: 50 people changing the world who the world needs to know about. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico and earned my master’s and Ph.D. at Tulane University.


  • B.A. in Anthropology and English, University of New Mexico (1978)
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Tulane University (1986)


  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Forensics
  • Popular Culture
  • Maya Studies