Alumni News

Anna Ochoa O’Leary (Ph.D. Arizona, 1999) has been awarded one of 12 Small Grants for Academic Collaboration in the Americas for 2012. Ochoa is Assistant Professor of Practice in Mexican American Studies as well as Co-director of the Binational Migration Institute. The grant program is a collaboration between the UA’s Office of... Read more

Post date: Thu, 08/16/2012 - 15:34

Jeff Harrison, media relations manager in the UA Office of University Communications, is retiring after a distinguished 27-year career at the University of Arizona. Jeff received his B.A. in Anthropology from the UA in 1980. Throughout the years he has been a good friend to the SoA and assisted us in getting the word out about what is happening here.

You are invited to Jeff’s retirement celebration, which takes place June 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Student Union Memorial Center’s... Read more

Post date: Fri, 06/08/2012 - 09:57

Professor of Anthropology and Food Studies at Indiana University Richard Wilk (Ph.D. Arizona, 1981) was given the distinguished rank of Indiana University Provost’s Professor this spring. In addition, on May 25th he received an honorary doctorate from the faculty of humanities and theology of Lund University in Sweden. While in Lund, Dr... Read more

Post date: Mon, 06/04/2012 - 10:10

The May 30th issue of Lo Que Pasa features a look at the work of alumna and affiliate Maria Czuzak (Ph.D. Arizona 1998; Lecturer of Anthropology; Assistant Specialist, Cell Biology and Anatomy) and Arizona Youth University’s “Bone Camp,” which she helped create and helps lead. Czuzak wanted to provide an opportunity for high school students to be introduced to the many career possibilities in the field of forensic anthropology. Be sure to read the... Read more

Post date: Mon, 06/04/2012 - 10:05

Congratulations to several recent School of Anthropology graduates who have obtained positions around the country:

  • Sam Duwe has accepted an offer to be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology at Eastern New Mexico University, a small public school in Portales, beginning in August 2012. Duwe graduated from the SoA in 2011 with a Ph.D. in Southwestern archaeology. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University.... Read more
Post date: Fri, 04/06/2012 - 08:50

James M. Skibo, who received his PhD from the department in 1990 and was a student of Riecker Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Michael Schiffer and Riecker Professor Emeritus William Longacre, has just been promoted to Distinguished Professor at Illinois State University. You may congratulate our eminent alumnus at... Read more

Post date: Fri, 12/09/2011 - 13:54

Gene Y. Bukhman (PhD, Arizona 1996) was one of this year’s UA Alumnus of the Year Award winners; he was nominated by the Honors College for his high level of professional achievement, humanitarian and public service, and distinguished volunteerism.

Gene is a five-time graduate of the University of Arizona with bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and English, an MA and PhD in anthropology, and a medical doctorate. One of Gene’s special areas of interest is medical... Read more

Post date: Thu, 11/10/2011 - 13:25

School of Anthropology graduate Nicole Taylor (PhD, Arizona 2006) has recently taken a new position at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. As the Director of Scholar Programs, Nicole oversees and coordinates the following programs: Resident and Summer Scholar Programs, which are competitive resident fellowships for social science, humanities, and Native arts scholars; Seminars, which promote communication among scholars who are at a critical stage of research... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/23/2011 - 09:18

Gordon Bronitsky (PhD Anthropology, 1977) will be a speaker at the Western Australia Indigenous Tourism Operators Council conference in Perth September 20-23, 2011 ( at the Burswood Entertainment Complex. The 2011 conference theme is Aboriginal Dreaming; participants are invited to become part of the journey through tourism with the sub-... Read more

Post date: Tue, 09/13/2011 - 08:42

Michelle Bezanson (PhD, Arizona 2006), Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Santa Clara University, where she teaches Jean Auel’s “The Clan of the Cave Bear” in her course on popular culture and biological anthropology was interviewed by award-winning journalist Tom Ashbrook on his broadcast "On Point" which is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show's lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/02/2011 - 08:45