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

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


Bringing together exceptional scholars and artists to create a better future


Engage in the discovery of what it means to be human

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

John Arroyo

2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Latino Studies Fellow

Shadow Suburbanism: Mexican Everyday Life and Fear in Greater Atlanta

Giovanni Batz

2018-2019 Anne Ray Fellow

The Fourth Invasion: Development, Ixil-Maya Resistance, and the Struggle against Megaprojects in Guatemala

William Calvo-Quiros

2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Latino Studies Fellow

Saints of Migration: Border Specters, Saints, and Sinners

Mayanthi Fernando

2018-2019 Weatherhead Fellow

SuperNatureCulture: Human-Nonhuman Entanglements Beyond the Secular

Beth Semel

2018-2019 Weatherhead Fellow

Speech, Signal, Symptom: Remaking Psychiatric Diagnosis in the Age of Artificial Listening

Melanie Yazzie

2018-2019 Katrin H. Lamon Fellow

Diné Life in an Age of Death: Biopolitical Struggle and Relational Possibility

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Director of SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center Collaborates with Field Museum of Chicago on Native North American Hall Revamp

SAR is honored to announce that its Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) director Brian Vallo will play an integral role as a community partner in plans to renovate and reimagine the Native North American Hall at the iconic Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Alaka Wali, the museum’s curator of North American anthropology explains in a recent announcement, “It’s not just a new exhibition—it represents a whole new way of thinking.” The revised approach involves working with community partners who will be advisors in the development of the exhibit.

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Scholar Programs at SAR encourage lively debate

Scholar Programs

Through its resident scholar, seminars, and indigenous writer in residence programs, Scholar Programs supports advanced scholarship and creativity in the social sciences, the humanities, and Native American creative writing. The nine-month resident scholar fellowships provide scholars with the time, space, and support to write manuscripts or dissertations. Shorter and more intense, the three- to five-day short, research team, or advanced seminars gather groups of scholars who work together in close collaboration to share ideas, gain insight, and create projects that have cutting-edge implications to understanding the past and improving the future of humankind. The indigenous writer in residence program brings authors of Native poetry and prose to campus for a seven-week summer term to concentrate on the process of creative writing.

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.