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Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Hasaki Featured in UANews Article “From Social Distancing to Disinformation, COVID-19 Shows How History Repeats”

Eleni Hasaki (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics) is featured in a UANews piece released this past week—we like to think that it’s at least in part because of our “Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic Series”! You may recall that last week the segment featured an essay by one of Dr. Hasaki’s “Health and... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Irene Romano Compares Pandemics: Current and Ancient

On June 5, 2020, at 9:30 a.m., School of Anthropology Professor Irene Bald Romano delivered an online lecture presented by the Arizona State Museum titled “The Lives of Two Ancient Pandemics and Their Modern Resonance.” The topic is one that was visited by... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Anthro Honors Student Compares Ancient Pandemics with Current One

Several of the SoA faculty incorporated the current pandemic in their Spring semester courses. Upon returning from Spring Break, the scheduled topic in Eleni Hasaki’s (Associate Professor of Anthropology and Classics) course ANTH 313, Health and Medicine in Classical Antiquity, was “ancient plagues.” No one predicted that it would turn out to be so timely. The students... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Med Anth Student Writes about COVID-19

Instead of a final essay, this semester Associate Professor Eric Plemons asked students in his Medical Anthropology course to submit an autoethnographic project reflecting on their personal experience of the pandemic. The format was completely open—Dr. Plemons received drawings, photographs, vlogs, and journal-style writings. School of Anthropology Director Diane Austin asked if we might feature one of these... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Final Words and Reflections on COVID-19

For our “Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic” this week, we congratulate all of our new graduates for the great accomplishments they have achieved in the face of unprecedented circumstances. We also recognize the impressive accomplishments and perseverance of ALL School of Anthropology students this semester. You have been truly amazing in rising above the situation! Finally, many thanks to all SoA Faculty and... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Alum Krause on Chinese Migrants in Italy

Our Reflections this week come from alum Elizabeth Krause (Ph.D. Arizona, 1999), who is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Krause writes: “I’m sharing this piece I've just published that may be of interest to folks. It speaks to the incredible importance of disease transmission and prevention as regards Chinese migrants in Italy’s fast-... Read more

New Inomata-Triadan Article in Nature Picked Up by Local, National News Outlets

The online-version of an article by SoA Professors Takeshi Inomata and Daniela Triadan was published this Wednesday on the web site of the journal Nature. The print version will follow soon. Through their lidar survey and excavations in Tabasco, Mexico, they discovered the oldest ceremonial structure in the Maya area at the site of Aguada Fénix, which turned out to be the largest in the entire prehispanic history of the Maya area. The site was not known... Read more

In Memoriam: George Castile, Ph.D. 1972

George P. Castile (May 7, 1939–May 9, 2020) was born and raised (mainly by his paternal grandparents) in St. Louis, MO. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas (1962), and his M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1972) in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. He taught anthropology at Whitman College from 1972 to 2006... Read more

SoA’s 2020–2021 Fellowships Announced

The School of Anthropology congratulates the recipients of four graduate dissertation write-up fellowships for the 2020–2021 academic year: the Haury Graduate Fellowship (established in honor of Emil Haury); the Dr. Keith A. Dixon Graduate Fellowship; the Emil W. Haury Archaeology Award; and the newly established Andrew William Amann, Jr. Award. The Graduate Fellowships Committee received a large number of very impressive applications. Congratulations to all of our new fellows!

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Spring 2020 Graduation: Congratulations to All New SoA Grads!

Congratulations, 2020 SoA Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our new graduates from everyone in the University of Arizona School of Anthropology! All new grads, at every degree level, have experienced truly unprecedented... Read more