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Alumni News

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

A revised version of Sarah Cowie’s 2009 PhD dissertation has just been published by Springer International under the title “The Plurality of Power: an Archaeology of Industrial Capitalism”. Details can be found at:

From the back cover:... Read more

Post date: Thu, 08/25/2011 - 00:00

Sarah Cowie (Ph.D. Arizona, 2009) has accepted the offer of a tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. UNR’s Department of Anthropology is a four-field department that offers BA, MA and PhD degrees.  Their strengths include prehistoric and historical archaeology, globalization, religion in society, identity and indigeneity, gender and kinship, dental anthropology, language and culture, and human... Read more

Post date: Wed, 08/24/2011 - 08:56

Colin West (MA, Arizona 2010) who worked with BARA, received the A&E 2010 Junior Scholar Award for his 2009 article in American Anthropologist.

Full citation of 2010 winner:


Colin T.  West.  2009  Domestic Transitions, Desiccation, Agricultural Intensification, and Livelihood Diversification among Rural Households on the Central Plateau, Burkina Faso. American Anthropologist. 111(3):275-288.

Post date: Thu, 06/16/2011 - 08:56