Michael Angrosino was born in Brooklyn, New York at a time when the borough consisted of small Native American villages scattered in the wilderness. He is a proud product of the New York City public school system. He earned his B.A. with honors in anthropology at Brooklyn College (City University of New York) and went on to earn his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also earned an M.A. in Theology at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. He received postdoctoral training in public policy analysis at Vanderbilt University and in oral history at Vermont College.
He is a cultural anthropologist who has specialized in studies of public policy and service delivery in the mental health field. He is also interested in the role of religion in modern, secular society. He has conducted anthropological fieldwork in several places in the Caribbean area (Trinidad, Saba, Aruba, Surinam) as well as in the United States.
He is currently Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Religious Studies at the University of South Florida. Since his retirement from U.S.F., he has lived in New Jersey. He is Adjunct Associate Professor at Mercer County Community College, where he has taught anthropology and sociology courses. This is his first semester teaching for the philosophy program.
At U.S.F., he served a term as chair of the Department of Anthropology and was the founding director of the University Honors Program, in which role he developed and taught interdisciplinary courses in applied and comparative ethics. He also served two terms as Editor of Human Organization, the international journal of applied social science.