Alumni News

Gordon Bronitsky (Ph.D. Arizona, 1977) reports that the Chinle Valley Singers ( took First Place in the Song and Dance Competition at this year’s Navajo Nation Festival—AND they have been invited to perform at the American Cultural Centers in Shanghai, Nanjing, and Chengdu, China, November 9–19, 2012! This will be the group’s 9th international tour. The outstanding group... Read more

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Jessica Munson (Ph.D. Arizona, 2012) recently accepted a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC), a new project jointly supported by the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She will be working with project co-PI Dr. Mark Collard in the Department of... Read more

Post date: Fri, 09/14/2012 - 10:18

Elizabeth L. Krause (Ph.D. Arizona, 1999) was promoted to full professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2012. In June, she was awarded a senior research grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “Chinese Immigration and Family Encounters in Italy.” In July, with co-applicant Massimo Bressan of the Prato, Italy, research institute IRIS, she was awarded an International Collaborative Research Grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for... Read more

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2012 - 15:10

On June 29th the Autry National Center of the American West in Los Angeles announced that Shelby Tisdale (Ph.D. Arizona, 1997) has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice President of Curatorial and Exhibitions. The appointment is just the latest in a career of increasingly distinguished museum anthropology positions. Read the announcement from the Autry National Center here.

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A monolithic sculpture representing a jaguar lying down was discovered recently in the pre Hispanic site of Izapa, in the Soconusco region of Chiapas. The engraved sculpture weighs about a ton and is estimated to be about 2,000 years old. It was found in a riverbed and because of its weight it was not taken out until a few days ago. Emiliano Gallaga Murrieta (Ph.D. Arizona, 2006), director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)-Chiapas center, and... Read more

Post date: Mon, 09/10/2012 - 15:05

The Chinle Valley Singers are a Navajo family group who believe strongly in preserving tradition through sharing their rich Navajo tradition in story-telling and in songs and dances, which they have adapted from ceremonial contexts for use in Navajo social and entertainment contexts ( They toured to Oman July 8–13, 2012, to perform at the Salalah Festival in Oman under the auspices of the... Read more

Post date: Fri, 08/31/2012 - 11:20

Collaborative research by UA School of Anthropology recent alumnus Audrey Copeland (B.S. Anthropology, 2011) and faculty Jim Watson (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Assistant Curator of Bioarchaeology, ASM) has been published in the September issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. Stratigraphy and geochronology of La Playa archaeological site, Sonora, Mexico... Read more

Post date: Fri, 08/31/2012 - 11:17

Lauren Carruth (Ph.D. Arizona, 2011) has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, in their Global Health and Health Policy Program. In addition to the appointment at Princeton, she has... Read more

Post date: Fri, 08/31/2012 - 11:13

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

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