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A center for innovative social science research
and Native American art since 1907


Bringing together exceptional scholars and artists
to create a better future


Explore cultures past and present in an
inspiring setting rooted in the Southwest


Engage in the discovery of
what it means to be human



Active discussions around
contemporary social issues


Join us in leading the way
to shape fresh thinking

Join SAR today to explore a world of ideas about past and present peoples across the globe, including cultures in the Southwest.

“This is a place where ideas can flourish” — Eric S. Dobkin, SAR Honorary Director

Join SAR today to explore a world of ideas about past and present peoples across the globe, including cultures in the Southwest.

“This is a place where ideas can flourish” — Eric S. Dobkin, SAR Honorary Director

2017-18 Mellon/ACLS Fellow Héctor Beltrán

Investigating emerging forms of hacking along the U.S./ Mexico Borderlands

2017-18 Anne Ray Fellow Deana Dartt

Negotiating misrepresentations of Native American communities in museums

2017-18 Mellon Fellow Milena A. Melo

Exploring healthcare for undocumented immigrants

2017-18 Weatherhead/Charlotte Newcombe Fellow Brian Smithson

Moviemaking in traditional African communities in Benin

2017-18 Weatherhead Fellow Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Analyzing how Latina/o immigrants integrate into African American communities

2017-18 Katrin H. Lamon Fellow Thomas Michael Swensen

Focusing on the environment and belonging in Native Alaska

2017 Rollin and Mary Ella King Artist Fellow Warren Montoya

Creating art about human relationships with the world and each other

Upcoming Events

Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center @ Indian Arts Research Center
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2:00 pm
The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) houses an outstanding collection of Native American art, including pottery, jewelry, textiles and clothing, paintings, basketry, and drums. Containing more than 12,000, items, the IARC is home to works[...]
President's Circle Event: “Designing the Future, The Future of Design: Rethinking Communities and Organizations” @ New Mexico History Museum
6:00 pm
Reception in the lobby from 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by program from 7:00-8:00 pm. This program is by invitation only and targets local organizations concerned about designing forward thinking programs for the benefit of the future[...]
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
"Him Old Ruins": Edgar Lee Hewett and the Archaeology of Pueblo Painting @ St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art
1:00 pm
Cost per person: $10 (for members and non-members) Speaker: Nancy Owen Lewis Painting, “Two Deer” by Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1932 or 1933, oil on canvas, 65 3/4 × 85 1/4 ×[...]


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SAR Fellow Deana Dartt Presents at College Arts Association Meeting

Dr. Deana Dartt, Anne Ray Scholar 2017-2018, will be presenting and discussing “Mapping the Camino Indigenous: Reclaiming the Road on our Terms” on February 21, 2018 at the College Art Association’s annual conference in Los Angeles. Two other former Resident Scholars, Nancy Marie Mithlo and Amy Lonetree will join her on stage for the session on Visualizing Genocide: Retelling Native American Survival Through Art.

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Trailblazers and Boundary Breakers: Honoring Native Women in Art

Dedicated to the many accomplishments of 1988-1989 Katrin A. Lamon Artist Fellow and 2000 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow Nora Naranjo Morse, the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to announce its 2018 Speaker Series. Trailblazers and Boundary Breakers: Honoring Women in Native Art, a series of four events, examines the indelible impact and often-untold stories of Native American women in art. Through lecture and discussion, speakers will share their knowledge and experience in these topics.

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New York Times Article on Genízaros Cites Scholars Associated with SAR

An article in the January 28 issue of the New York Times discusses the complex history of slavery in New Mexico and emerging scholarship on Genízaros, quoting several scholars connected to SAR, including Gregorio Gonzáles, Katrin Lamon Resident Scholar in 2016-2017, and Moisés Gonzáles, a UNM professor who participated in a seminar on Genízaro history and culture held at SAR in May 2016.

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Scholar Programs at SAR encourage lively debate

Scholar Programs

Through its Resident Scholar and Summer Scholar programs, SAR awards residential fellowships each year to scholars in the social sciences, arts, and humanities who need time to think and write.

Resident Scholars
Nine-month Resident Scholar Fellowships are awarded to scholars who have completed their research and analysis in the social sciences, humanities, and Native arts and who need time to reflect, debate, and write.

Summer Scholars
Seven-week Summer Scholar Fellowships are awarded to scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and Native arts to pursue research or writing projects.

Viewing artifacts in SAR's Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, NM

Indian Arts Research Center

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) is a division of the School for Advanced Research (SAR). The goal of IARC is to bridge the divide between creativity and scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects in Native studies, art history, and creative expression that illuminate the intersections of the social sciences, humanities, and arts. This is accomplished by providing fellowship opportunities for artists to engage in uninterrupted creativity; fostering dialogue among artists, researchers, scholars, and community members through seminars and symposia; nurturing future arts and museums professionals through experiential training; and promoting study and exploration of the IARC collection of Native arts.

A small selection of SAR Press book covers

SAR Press

The School for Advanced Research Press fulfills the School’s mission by producing and disseminating high quality content on important topics in anthropology, indigenous arts, and the American Southwest. Through physical print (p), electronic (e), and digital (on-line pdf) publications produced from scholarly and artistic programs hosted by the School and/or from specific acquisitions, SAR Press provides the institution with a strong and enduring public face.

SAR Press has a long and distinguished publishing history in anthropology. The first publications for the School were archaeological studies written by Edgar Lee Hewett and Sylvanus Griswold Morley in 1908. Since that auspicious beginning, more than 300 titles have been published.

Host your next event on the beautiful SAR campus!

The SAR campus is located on 15 acres in a residential neighborhood of Santa Fe. The historic 1920s adobe buildings, designed by William Penhallow Henderson (1877-1943), are surrounded by mature trees, terraced gardens, and gravel walkways. Different venues of varying capacity are available. Selections include the historic Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom, the Boardroom Patio, the Reception Center Meeting Room, the Douglas Schwartz Seminar House Dining Room, Living Room, and Patio. Download a flyer of information here.