Alumni News

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

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