UNM Anthropology is a highly regarded, affordable program at both graduate and undergraduate levels of study. Located in the American Southwest, the school is well placed to take advantage of the region’s cultural diversity, deep historic roots, and remarkable archaeology. The Department’s faculty work here, throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of field training and laboratory programs, develop their professional skills, and contribute to Anthropology’s distinctive perspective.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Mainland Southeast Asia in the Longue Durée: A Zooarchaeological Test of the "Broad Spectrum Revolution" in Northern Thailand, Cyler Norman Conrad

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Relanzamiento of Nicaragua’s Christian Base Communities: Forging New Models of Church and Society for the Twenty-First Century, LARA M. GUNDERSON

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Reconstructing Landscape Use Patterns Using Strontium Isotope Ratios, Marian I. Hamilton

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THE STRUCTURAL VIOLENCE OF MAYA SACRIFICE: A CASE STUDY OF RITUALIZED HUMAN SACRIFICE AT MIDNIGHT TERROR CAVE, BELIZE, C. L. Kieffer Nail

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Paradise Found? Local Cosmopolitanism, Lifestyle Migrant Emplacement, and Imaginaries of Sustainable Development in La Manzanilla del Mar, Mexico, Jennifer Cardinal

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The Past in the Present: Federal Implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Erin J. Hudson

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Bodies of Water: Politics, Ethics, and Relationships along New Mexico's Acequias, Elise Trott

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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A GIS-Based Investigation Into Social Violence and Settlement Patterns in the Gallina Area of the American Southwest, Adam M. Byrd

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Questions of Sovereignty: Pyramid Lake and the Northern Paiute Struggle for Water and Rights, Andrew W. Carey

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Ambivalent Subjects in Neoliberal Times: Non-Governmental Organizations and Binational Same Sex Couples in the United States, Jara M. Carrington

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Economies Set in Stone? Magdalenian Lithic Technological Organization and Adaptation in Vasco-Cantabrian Spain, Lisa Marie Fontes

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Basketmaker II Warfare and Fending Sticks in the North American Southwest, Phil R. Geib

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TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY WOODLAND ARCHAEOLOGY IN THE LOWER ILLINOIS RIVER VALLEY: A REGIONAL MODEL, Jason Louis King

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Estimating Ancestry and Genetic Diversity in Admixed Populations., Anthony Koehl

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Artifacts of Representation: The Makings of Indigeneity in Argentine Museums, A.K. Sartor

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Sleep as an evolved behavior: ecological opportunity costs and sleep optimization, Gandhi Yetish

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Mens Life History, Testosterone, and Health, Louis Alvarado

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Explanations For Morphological Variability In Projectile Points: A Case Study From The Late Paleoindian Cody Complex, Cheryl Fogle-Hatch

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SOCIAL AND RITUAL DYNAMICS AT EL CHOLO: AN UPPER GENERAL VALLEY FUNERARY VILLAGE OF THE DIQUÍS SUBREGION, SOUTHERN COSTA RICA, Roberto Herrera

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Identity and Material Practice in the Chacoan World: Ornamentation and Utility Ware Pottery, Hannah Mattson

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New Deal Navajo Linguistics and Language Documentation, Char Peery

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Cultural interaction and biological distance among Postclassic Mexican populations, Corey Steven Ragsdale

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Speaking in Circles: Interpretation and Visitor Experience at Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Maren Else Svare

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From Rural Street Theater to Big City Extravaganza: The Meaning of the Manaus Boi-bumbá in an Urbanizing Brazil., Margaret Kathleen Watson

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Variable Education Exposure and Cognitive Task Performance Among the Tsimane, Forager-Horticulturalists., Helen Elizabeth Davis

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Afro-Colombians and the Encroachment of Paramilitaries on the African Palm Oil Sector, Stacie Hecht

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Maturing Temporal Bones as Non-Neural Sites for Transforming the Speech Signal during Language Development, Lisa Hogan

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The Paradoxes of Poverty: Urban Space and Ideologies of Intervention in the "Compassionate" City of San Francisco, Andrea Lopez

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"Ellos Son Mi Familia." Testing the Embodied Capital Theory in Dominican Populations in the Dominican Republic and in New York City, Elvira Pichardo

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Women and Cultural Production: Fiestas, Families, and Foodways in San Rafael, New Mexico, Stephanie M. Sanchez

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Application of GIS and Spatial Data Modeling to Archaeology: A Case Study in the American Southwest, Veronica Arias

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Sowing Seeds for the Future to Honor Tigua History and Tradition: Diabetes Prevention and Management at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Sean Bruna-Lewis

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Looking Forward Rather Than Backward: Cultural Revitalization at the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum, Kaila Cogdill

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"I'm afraid [of] my future.": Secrecy, Biopower, and Korean High School Girls, Noelle Easterday

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Nanta Hosh Chahta Immi? (What Are Choctaw Lifeways?): Cultural Preservation in the Casino Era, Sean Everette Gantt

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Storied Lives in a Living Tradition: Women Rabbis and Jewish Community in 21st Century New Mexico, Miria Kano

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Albuquerque the Frontier? Exploring Migration and Social Identity in the Albuquerque Area During the Late Developmental to Coalition Period Transition, Dorothy L. Larson

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Changing Hearts and Minds: The Politics of Sentimentality and The Cultural Production of the Gay Family in New Mexicos Same-Sex Marriage Debate, Nicolae Lavinia

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LOCAL FOOD AND POWER DYANMICS IN SOUTHEAST GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN, Christy Mello

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Lost Worlds: Locating submerged archaeological sites in southeast Alaska, Kelly Monteleone

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Spanish Missionization and Maya Social Structure: Skeletal Evidence for Labor Distribution at Tipu, Belize, Lara Noldner

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THE SOCIOECONOMIC ORGANIZATION OF COMMUNAL HUNTING: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF SHOSHONE COLLECTIVE ACTION, Matthew O'Brien

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Women's Toolkits: Engendering Paleoindian Technological Organization, Susan Ruth

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Tsehootsooidi baa hane: Emergent oral histories from a Navajo community based oral history project in Ft. Defiance, AZ, Gwendolyn Saul

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Soy Gaucho: Nationalism and Modernity in Argentina, Geneva Smith

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The Bioarchaeology of Changes in Social Stratification, Warfare, and Habitual Activities among Iron Age Samnites of Central Italy, Vitale Sparacello

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Zapatista Materiality Disseminated: A Co-Construction Reconsidered, Ilse Biel

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Florentine Palaces, Costly Signaling, and Lineage Survival, Michael Church

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PREDICTIVE GEOSPATIAL MODELING FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION: CASE STUDIES FROM THE GALISTEO BASIN, VERMONT AND CHACO CANYON, Wetherbee Bryan Dorshow

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NEW PALEOCLIMATE RECONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES IN ARCHAEOLOGY: Applications in Greece, New Mexico, and Portugal, Brandon Lee Drake

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Feeding Ecology and Life History Strategies of White-faced Capuchin Monkeys, Elizabeth Eadie

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Finding Hope: Guatemalan War Orphans' Responses to the Long-Term Consequences of Genocide, Shirley Heying

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Women Living Islam in Post-War and Post-Socialist Bosnia and Herzegovina, Emira Ibrahimpasic

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Coffee and the Countryside: Small Farmers and Sustainable Development in Las Segovias de Nicaragua, Patrick Staib

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Planting Seeds is a Metaphor: Being Agrarian, Agricultural Activism, and Emergent Identity in New Mexico, Elise Trott

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Investigating Epistemological Implications of Geospatial representation in the Making of Histories of the Pueblos, Using an Exploratory Mixed Methods Approach, Judith van der Elst

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Health Parameters Across the Lifespan Among the Ache of Paraguay, John Wagner

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Early-life influences on body composition, metabolic economy, and age at menarche, Megan Workman

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Tribes, States, and Landscapes: The Ecological Impacts of Changing Land Use During the Islamic Period in Southern Portugal, F. Scott Worman

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THE EFFECTS OF GENETIC ANCESTRY AND SOCIOCULTURAL FACTORS ON PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS SUSCEPTIBILITY IN NORTHEASTERN MEXICO, Bonnie Young

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Making Modernity: Ideological Pluralism and Political Process in Zinacantán, Kristen Adler

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Ceramic Resource Selection and Social Violence in the Gallina Area of the American Southwest, Connie Constan

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Predicting Body Mass from the Skeleton with an Application to the Georgia Coast, Shamsi Daneshvari

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The Discourse and Practice of Native American Cuisine: Native American Chefs and Native American Cooks in Contemporary Southwest Kitchens, Lois Ellen Frank

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Against the Odds: Indian Gaming, Political Economy, and Identity on the Pala Indian Reservation, Shasta Gaughen

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The structure of energy production and redistribution among Tsimane' forager-horticulturalists, Paul L. Hooper

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Testing Hypotheses of the Demographic Transition in San Borja, Bolivia, Kristin Snopkowski

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Through the Eye of the Needle: Investigations of Ethnographic, Experimental, and Archaeological Bone Tool Use Wear from Perishable Technologies, Elisabeth Ann Stone

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The Evolutionary Ecology of Human Infancy, Amanda Veile

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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THE HUMAN SKULL: DEFINITION BY INTEGRATIONIST AND MODULAR MODELS, John Y. Anderson

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Domestic Architectural Production in Northwest Mexico, Elizabeth A. Bagwell

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Colono Wares in the Western Spanish Borderlands: A Ceramic Technological Study, Jennifer Dyer

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Why Conical Pots? An Examination of the Relationship among Vessel Shape, Subsistence, and Mobility, Claire K. Helton-Croll

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"We're Parents Too!" Changes in Father Involvement in Domestic Labor Among Urban Middle Class Dual-worker Couples, Ruth Burgett Jolie

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CHANKA SETTLEMENT ECOLOGY: HILLTOP SITES, LAND USE AND WARFARE IN LATE PREHISPANIC ANDAHUAYLAS, PERU, Lucas Kellett

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RECOGNIZING INDIANS: PLACE, IDENTITY, HISTORY, AND THE FEDERAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE OHLONE/COSTANOAN-ESSELEN NATION, Philip Blair Laverty

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Taxonomic implications of basicranial variation in Australopithecus africanus, Timothy R. Petersen

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Evidence for a change in the rate of aging of osteological indicators in American documented skeletal samples, Wendy Elizabeth Potter

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Exploring Social Interaction at the Ancient Maya City of Copan, Honduras: A Multi-Scalar Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysis of Access and Visibility, Heather Richards-Rissetto

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Cerro Chepen and the Late Moche Collapse in the Jequetepeque Valley, North Coast of Peru, Marco Rosas

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The Role of Standardization in Specialization of Ceramic Production at San Marcos Pueblo, New Mexico, Kari Schleher

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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CHOICE IDEOLOGY AND THE PARAMETERS OF ITS PRACTICE: ALTERNATIVE ABORTION NARRATIVES IN NEW MEXICO, Abigail Adams

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Ecological Constraints and Life History Tradeoffs among Human Foragers and their Prey, Oskar Burger

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The Women Potters of Mata Ortiz: Growing Empowerment through Artistic Work, Kiara Maureen Hughes

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The Biological Evidence of the San-Pau-Chu People and Their Affinities, Hsiu-Man Lin

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The Prevalence of Osteoarthritis in Wild vs Captive Great Ape Skeletons, Demelza Poe

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Nuclear Family Conflict and Cooperation among Tsimane' Forager-Horticulturalists of Bolivia, Jonathan Stieglitz

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"Aquí­ No Pasó Nada": Terror, Remembrance and Healing in a Guatemalan "Green Zone", William G. Wagner

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Of Muslim Persuasion: The Politics of Convivencia in Ceuta, Spain, Gabriel Alejandro Torres Colón

Theses/Dissertations from 1982

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The Tahltan Feast for the Dead: A Symbolic Examination of Space, Howard C. Higgins

Theses/Dissertations from 1964

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Comparative Mexican Penutian: Huave, Zoque, and Popoluca, Clark A. Davis

Theses/Dissertations from 1962

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An Examination of the Concept of Flexibility as a Tool for the Analysis of Social Systems, Elizabeth Jane Lapovsky

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The Physical Anthropology of Pottery Mound: A Pueblo IV Site in West Central New Mexico, Russell Lowell Gordon Schorsch

Theses/Dissertations from 1961

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The Sun Dance of the Shoshone-Bannock: A Study in Integration, William W. Gerritsen

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The Glaze Paint Ceramics of Pottery Mound, New Mexico, Charles B. Voll

Theses/Dissertations from 1960

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A History of Basketry Technology in The Pueblo Area, John R. Mitchell

Theses/Dissertations from 1958

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Santa Ana Phonology, Irvine Davis

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Implications of Pueblo Ruins as Plant Habitats, Richard A. Yarnell

Theses/Dissertations from 1957

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Echo-Reactions in Arctic Hysteria and Latah, Helen Carpenter

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An Ethnological Study of Tortugas, New Mexico, Alan James Oppenheimer