Staff and faculty are working remotely and all remain on email and able to set up phone and virtual meetings upon request. We are doing our best to respond to calls and emails when they come in and will respond to requests as soon as possible.

Phone: 520-621-2585 and 520-621-6298
Please visit SoA COVID-19 Information OR the School of Anthropology Research Restart Approval Process page:


New SoA Page for COVID-19 Info


We have created a new page on the SoA website just for information about the COVID-19 pandemic, including links to important policy and procedure information during the University of Arizona closure and Dr. Mark Nichter’s overview of the disease (please see above). Please bookmark this page and check it often; it is being updated with... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic


Overview of the Virus from Mark Nichter

It’s important that we all stay up to date with what is known about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. To help with that, this week’s edition of “Reflections” comes from medical anthropologist and Regents’ Professor Emeritus, Mark Nichter. Dr. Nichter recently made a presentation on “The Human Microbiome in Public Health: Laying a Foundation” at a meeting of microbiome researchers and public... Read more

Anthro Pets: Share Your Pet Pics!


While many of us work from home, our colleagues from the Laboratory for the Evolutionary Endocrinology of Primates and the Arizona Canine Cognition Center have created a platform for us to share photos of our pets helping us work (or just being goofy) with the... Read more

Congratulations and Thanks


Congratulations and heartfelt thanks go out to all the School of Anthropology faculty, students, and staff members who made this week’s transition to on-line teaching and working from home go so smoothly! Over the coming weeks (and months) we’ll explore together the idea of physical distancing and learn new ways to make social connections.

As a reward for all the hard work, we bring you ... Read more

Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic: Preparing for Long Periods of Uncertainty

By Diane Austin, Director


While walking in the park Sunday morning, I began reflecting on similarities between the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic and the Deepwater Horizon disaster which began with the blowout of the Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico almost ten years ago, on April 20, 2010. On the surface, these two disasters look quite different. The oil disaster began with the immediate deaths of eleven men and injury of seventeen... Read more

Special Message from the SoA Director

Greetings All!

It has been a busy ten days in the School of Anthropology, and I am writing to provide some key highlights of what has been happening and, especially for those of you who have not been inundated by multiple emails per day, how we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to ensuring that students complete the semester, take their comprehensive exams and defend their theses and dissertations, and graduate as planned; that research continues; and that no... Read more

2020 Sabbagh Lecture: Sherine Hamdy, "Comics, Gender, and Knowledge Production in the Arab World"

Sherine Hamdy, Ph.D., who is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, will speak on “Comics, Gender, and Knowledge Production in the Arab World.” The lecture will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel, 880 East 2nd Street.

Both the lecture and the reception that follows are free and open to the public.

About the Speaker

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Schott to Lead at Glen Canyon

Recent Ph.D. Amy Schott (August 2019) has accepted a position as the lead archaeologist at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, where she will start at the end of October. Amy has been working for the National Park for more than eight years while completing her... Read more

Sittler Defends MA with SoA and BARA Committee

The SoA and BARA congratulate Christopher E. Sittler on his successful defense of his M.A. thesis in Latin America Studies, “The Last Fishermen: Identity, Risk, and Reproduction of Artisanal Fishers on the Utila Cays.” Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork with multiple fishing families residing on Utila Cays, situated off mainland Honduras, the... Read more

Bellorado Presents at Crow Canyon for Lister Fellowship

On Friday, October 18, doctoral candidate Ben Bellorado will give a presentation at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, Colorado as part of his obligations for receiving the prestigious 2017–2019 Florence C. and Robert H. Lister Fellowship. The Lister Fellowship was established in recognition of the... Read more