Campus Scholars

Rebecca A. Allahyari

Rebecca A. Allahyari

This year, Rebecca A. Allahyari completed her manuscript “Utopian Devotions: Anxiety and Enchantment in Homeschooling.” In May, she published an essay in the edited volume What Matters?: Ethnographies of Value in a (not so) Secular Age (Columbia University Press), the product of a three-year collaboration between SAR and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) on Religion, Science, and Public Life that culminated in a capstone conference hosted by the SSRC in New York. Allahyari’s chapter is titled “Homeschooling the Enchanted Child: Anxious Devotions in the Domestic Southwest.” This coming year, while publishing from her homeschooling project, Allahyari turns to fieldwork for a project on the guardianship of the elderly. This ethnographic project will compare the experience of professional and kin-based, court-appointed legal guardians as they witness advancing dementia, engage in surrogate decision making on behalf of another, and are challenged to be generous in their care of a protected person. As with her earlier ethnographic work, Allahyari’s present study engages with US civil society and the complications and benefits of various forms of institutionalized care in the public realm. In addition, Allahyari begins a two-year term on the prize committee of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion to honor the best book in the sociology of religion.

Find out more about Rebecca A. Allahyari by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

James F. Brooks

James F. Brooks

SAR president James F. Brooks traveled to conferences and universities to share his research and the SAR story throughout the year. The first such was bittersweet, a visit to Penn State University to participate in the ninth annual Shifting Frontiers of Late Antiquity conference, at which he memorialized the scholarship of his late former graduate student Thomas Sizgorich. Tom’s remarkable book, Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity: Militant Devotion in Christianity and Islam, revealed the intense conceptual borrowing that took place between the two faiths in the early years of Muslim expansion, especially around ideas of martyrdom. Sizgorich also inspired Brooks’s commentaries at the meetings of the University of California’s multicampus research group on Ancient Borderlands, hosted at UC Santa Barbara in the fall and spring. Brooks also served as discussant for a session on “Indians as Slaves and Slave-holders” at the Southern Historical Association conference in Baltimore and manuscript commentator for the Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University, and he presented workshops on new scholarly programs at SAR at Columbia University, New York University, and the New School for Social Research.

Brooks authored the epilogue for a new volume, Native American Adoption, Captivity, and Slavery, based on a conference hosted at the British Museum; was elected chair of the Western National Parks Association board of directors; and performed peer review service for the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Geographic Society. He was also appointed to the James A. Rawley Prize committee of the Organization of American Historians, which annually recognizes the best book on race relations in the United States. Finally, he and Benedict Colombi published their co-edited advanced seminar volume, Keystone Nations: Indigenous People and Salmon across the Northern Pacific, which explores the crucial relationship between these species from the Kamchatka Peninsula to the Columbia River.

Find out more about James F. Brooks by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Cynthia Chavez Lamar

Cynthia Chavez Lamar

Indian Arts Research Center director Cynthia Chavez Lamar co-produced a short film with Red Ant Films titled To Feel the Earth: Moccasins of the Southwest. The film will travel with a banner exhibit on Southwest moccasins that is currently being curated by Chavez Lamar and was completed in the summer of 2012. The exhibit and film will open to the public at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque in the fall of 2012. The completion of this project concludes her participation in the Tribal Heritage Fellows program—she was selected as a fellow in 2010 and her film was chosen for presentation during the 2012 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums in June 2012.

Chavez Lamar’s collaborative work with the Leadership Institute and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on a Pueblo studies volume continues. She attended a Pueblo Youth Leadership Institute and a historic event in April that brought together hundreds of Pueblo people in a three-day convocation to present and discuss topics related to the well-being and persistence of Pueblo people and communities. Both helped her to identify potential topics and essayists for the book. She is currently organizing a Pueblo studies symposium, which will also help identify essays. The symposium will be held at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in October 2012.

Jim Enote, executive director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, and Chavez Lamar co-presented on their collaborative work with IARC Zuni collections at the Western Museums Association in September 2011. Chavez Lamar was also invited to attend a meeting in Zuni with the tribe’s international and national institutional partners in April 2012 regarding the collaborative cataloguing among the Zunis and their partners. She was a panelist at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology during its September 2011 event, A Century of Ishi. In addition, Chavez Lamar attended a National Native Arts Convening by invitation of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation in November 2011 and had the opportunity to share SAR’s programs with other national arts organizations and institutions.

Chavez Lamar has been accepted to the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management’s Executive MBA program and will begin her studies in June 2012.

Find out more about Cynthia Chavez Lamar by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Linda Cordell

Archaeology of the Southwest, 3rd edition, by Linda S. Cordell and Maxine E. McBrinn, was published in 2012 by Left Coast Press. Potters and Communities of Practice, Glaze Paint and Polychrome Pottery in the American Southwest, AD 1240 to 1700, edited by Cordell and Judith A. Habicht-Mauche is Paper No. 75 in the Anthropological Papers of the University of Arizona. It will be published by University of Arizona Press in fall 2012.

In collaboration with the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo and the Cibola National Forest (USDA Forest Service), Cordell developed new trail signage for Tijeras Pueblo (LA 581, a National Register site) near Albuquerque. She continues to serve on the advisory committee for the R. S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology at Phillips Academy, Andover, and contributed a paper, “A Continuing Legacy: A. V. Kidder, Pecos Pueblo, and the Robert S. Peabody Museum of Archaeology,” to the school’s forthcoming commemorative volume. In addition, as an external faculty member, Cordell participates in two working groups at the Santa Fe Institute.

Find out more about Linda Cordell by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Dean Falk

Dean Falk

Dean Falk’s book, The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution, was published by University of California Press in November 2011. The focus of her 2008–2009 residency at SAR, the book was identified as one of the best books of 2011 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It sparked public interest and media attention, resulting in radio interviews with Falk on Santa Fe’s RadioCafe, the national newstalk program Science Fantastic, and Newstalk Radio Ireland. She also presented her work in public lectures at the New Mexico History Museum and at SAR.

Falk and M. A. Hofman co-edited Evolution of the Primate Brain: From Neuron to Behavior, which was published early in 2012. Falk also contributed work on language evolution to three books published in 2011 and 2012. Her article “Darwin on the Evolution of Man, the Wonder and Glory of the Universe” has been accepted for publication by Science and Education. She has continued her research with her colleagues on the Taung endocast and has submitted three articles on the brain of the earliest known hominin. She is currently working on an analysis of the gross morphology of Albert Einstein’s cortical sulcal patterns from previously unpublished photographs of his brain.

Falk lectured on her book, Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origins of Language, at the Genoa Science Festival in October of 2011. By invitation, she also attended the Leakey Foundation–sponsored workshop on the DIK-1-1 (Selam) skeleton (Australopithecus afarensis) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the same month.

Find out more about Dean Falk by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window) or Falk’s webpage,, which she developed this year.

George J. Gumerman

George J. Gumerman, one of the pioneers of agent-based computer modeling, continued work on the construction of a simulation model with the physical anthropologist Alan Swedlund and computer modelers to trace the spread of infectious disease among the Anasazi. The goal is to determine the potential effect of various disease vectors on the depopulation of Long House Valley in northeastern Arizona.

Gumerman and Swedlund presented a paper on the possible role of infectious disease in the demographic history of the Anasazi at the Southwest Center of Fort Lewis College, the department of anthropology at Northern Arizona University, and the Santa Fe Institute.

A new research project launched with SAR campus scholar Linda Cordell and Kelley Hayes-Gilpin is tracing the spatial and temporal extent of the Hopi Butterfly (Maidens) hairstyle. The hairstyle can be seen in rock art starting in early Basketmaker II and later on pottery continuing to the present day. Depictions of it extend over the entire Anasazi area.

Find out more about George J. Gumerman by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

John Kantner

John Kantner

John Kantner, SAR’s vice president for institutional advancement, has focused much of his research over the past year on developing and evaluating a model that explains the emergence of ancient pilgrimage centers. Drawing on human behavioral ecology and decision theory, the model explores the social, political, economic, and environmental contexts that inspire pilgrimage behavior and promote the creation of monumental pilgrimage destinations. He is working with Kevin Vaughn (Purdue University) on a project comparing the histories of two ancient centers: Chaco Canyon in the US Southwest and Cahuachi on the south coast of Peru. An article on this work appears in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

Several other publications by Kantner also appeared this year, including book chapters on modeling human movement across digital landscapes, Early Pueblo archaeology of the northern Southwest, patterns of scale and connectivity across the Southwest, and an examination of communities in the Red Mesa Valley during the era of Chaco Canyon.

Kantner continues to analyze the archaeological collections of his Lobo Mesa Archaeological Project (LMAP), an investigation of community life before and during the fluorescence of Chaco Canyon. For example, he collaborated on an article that recently appeared in the Journal of Archaeological Science in which obsidian samples from LMAP are compared with those from other contemporaneous areas of the northern Southwest to reconstruct patterns of exchange during the twelfth century.

Find out more about John Kantner by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Nancy Owen Lewis

Nancy Owen Lewis

Nancy Owen Lewis published an article, “High and Dry in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Politics of Health,” in the New Mexico Historical Review in the spring of 2012. She also wrote two book chapters that appeared in Sunshine and Shadows in New Mexico’s Past: The Statehood Era, 1912–2012, edited by Richard Melzer: “Reviving the Santa Fe Fiesta: Edgar Lee Hewett and the Battle for Control” and “Adrift at Fort Stanton: Treating Consumptive Sailors.” Lewis is currently writing a book titled Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Quest for Health, to be published by SAR Press. In support of that project, she was awarded a 2012 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Fellowship at SAR.

Lewis chaired a session and gave a paper on “Selling Health, Seeking Statehood: Bringing the Sick to the Land of the Well” at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Historical Society in May 2012. She also gave the following four presentations for SAR: “The Bryn Mawrters,” “Anthropologists Gone Native,” “SAR and the Museum: A Shared History,” and “Adobe Architecture and Santa Fe Style,” the latter of which was a taped interview for the US State Department.

In addition, Lewis presented three public lectures: “Taming the Wild West: The Arts in New Mexico’s Journey to Statehood,” with Joe Traugott, at the New Mexico Museum of Art; “Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and the Politics of Health,” at the Western Institute for Lifelong Learning, Silver City; and “Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: The Lungers and their Legacy,” at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe. She also serves on the boards of the Historical Society of New Mexico and the Historic Santa Fe Foundation. She is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and continues to serve on the City of Santa Fe Public Safety Committee.

Find out more about Nancy Owen Lewis by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Malena Mörling

Malena Mörling

In fall 2011, Malena Mörling began the second year of her two-year Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship at SAR. The fellowship has allowed her to take a sabbatical from teaching at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, where she is an associate professor.

In the summer of 2011, Mörling traveled to Sweden and Finland to work on her translations of Edith Södergran’s work. She received a translation grant from FILI, the Finish Literature Exchange, to work in the archives at Helsinki’s Society of Swedish Literature in Finland. Her translation of On Foot through the Solar Systems, Selected Poems, by Edith Södergran, is forthcoming from Marick Press, spring/summer 2012. She also continues to edit the anthology Swedish Writers on Writing, part of the Writer’s World series published by Trinity University Press.

Mörling’s translations into Swedish of the American poet and current US Poet Laureate, Philip Levine, were published in Sweden by ellerströms bokförlag under the title 1933 in 2011. In March 2012, she contributed an essay to an anthology of poets who have studied with Levine. The collection will be published in the fall by Prairie Lights Press, which is distributed by the University of Iowa Press. In addition, she published two chapbooks this fall, both translations into English of the 2011 Nobel Prize–winning Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer: Prison, Nine Haiku and Tomas Tranströmer’s First Poems, published by Tavern Books. Mörling’s work will also be included in “15 Essential Swedish Poems,” to be published online by the Academy of American Poets.

In 2011, Garrison Keillor read three of Mörling’s poems on the NPR program The Writer’s Almanac: “On The 747” on June 30, “After Ritsos” on October 28, and “Simply Lit” on November 13. You can hear Keillor’s readings at The Writer’s Almanac.

Mörling attended the annual Associated Writing Programs conference in Chicago in early 2012. While there, she gave a poetry reading at the Chicago Poetry Center and participated in two panels at the conference: “Words Without Borders: International Writing in the Workshop” and “What is Home? The Poetics of Negotiating the Old, Re-Imagined and the New, Adopted Homeland.” The former was published in the online magazine Words Without Borders in March 2012.

This past winter, Mörling taught in the low residency MFA program in poetry at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire, where she is a core faculty member.

Find out more about Malena Mörling by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Douglas Schwartz

Douglas W. Schwartz

The origin of great leadership was Douglas Schwartz’s main research interest over the last year. He focused on the development of a paper that he delivered at the April 2012 annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Prior to the 1930s, American archaeology was carried out mainly by small crews of students directed by university archaeologists with little financial support. With the onset of the Great Depression, this changed dramatically: huge resources became available to archaeologists to put vast numbers of the unemployed to work. The Tennessee Valley is a dramatic example, because there a series of federally supported dams were being built. To save the large prehistoric mounds and middens in the basins behind these dams, it was proposed that hundreds of previously unemployed laborers be put to work as excavators under a team of archaeologists. Nothing on this scale or complexity of archaeological work had ever been attempted, and a strong leader was needed to manage this vast enterprise.

W.S. Webb was chosen to lead the project. He was a professor of physics at the University of Kentucky who had never had a course in archaeology but had developed a strong program of published archaeological survey and excavation. In addition, Webb was a commanding presence and had substantial administrative experience. He stepped into a high-pressure situation of rushed schedules, competing state archaeological programs, an antagonistic federal overseer, and the requirement to publish the resulting work. For the project to succeed, someone with qualities beyond those of the standard leader was needed. An autocrat was required, and Webb’s background had prepared him for the role. Webb’s successful leadership of the Tennessee Valley Authority archaeology program provides a case study for exploring the varied interplay between specific organizational needs and unique leadership styles.

Find out more about Douglas Schwartz by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Nicole Taylor

Nicole Taylor

This year, Nicole Taylor published “Negotiating Popular Obesity Discourses in Adolescence: School Food, Personal Responsibility, and Gendered Food Consumption Behaviors” in Food, Culture & Society. She also co-authored an article reporting findings from a national evaluation of a program designed to promote safe school environments. The article, “A Mixed-Method Exploration of Functioning in Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnerships,” appeared in a special issue of Evaluation and Program Planning. Other publications this year included a review of Alexandra Brewis’s book Obesity: Cultural and Biocultural Perspectives in Current Anthropology, and a co-authored chapter titled “Dieting” in the Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture.

Taylor presented her work on body image and obesity among youth at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings in Montreal; at the AAA’s Child and Interest Group Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada; and at SAR as part of the School’s colloquium series. Taylor continues to analyze data and develop publications from her research on the sociocultural factors related to weight among youth. Publications in progress explore topics on power, identity, and gendered body image among youth; body image ideology among boys; and social meanings and practices of exercise among youth. She continues to serve as a referee for several journals as well.

Find out more about Nicole Taylor by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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