Nourishing the scholarly spirit through residential fellowships and seminars that inspire intellectual risk-taking and advance academic inquiry in archaeology, anthropology and other social science fields.
No other force in anthropology today has as much impact in moving the field forward.
— R. Brian Ferguson, Advanced Seminar Organizer
My time here has been transformative. Not only has the book developed well beyond what I initially planned, but I have reformulated my own interests.
— Tim Pauketat, 2008–2009 Weatherhead Fellow
SAR is absolutely the place of choice for any great anthropological or archaeological scholar who is doing independent work and wants to have a sabbatical where they can really do the work that matters to them.
— Eric S. Dobkin, SAR Honorary Board Member
SAR offers nine-month appointments to a selection of scholars who have completed their research and require time, space and collaborative support to prepare manuscripts or dissertations on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident Scholars approach research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history or sociology.
SAR seminars promote in-depth communication among scholars who are at a critical stage of research on a shared topic and whose interaction has the potential to create new insights on human evolution, behavior, culture, and creative expression. These programs have resulted in some of the most influential publications in their respective fields.
J.I. Staley Prize
Awarded annually since 1988, the annual book award is given to a living author for a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing in anthropology.
The Catherine McElvain Library
A special collections research library and archive open to the public.
Serving the scholars, artists, staff and members of the School for Advanced Research, the library is a resource for comparative research on human prehistory, topics in contemporary archaeology, anthropology, and related fields.
The library also supports the work of the Indian Arts Research Center in documenting its research collections and projects in Native American studies, art history, and creative expression.
The archival collections include the records of the Indian Arts Fund, the papers of Kenneth M. Chapman, the papers of Martha and Amelia Elizabeth White, records of the De Vargas Development Corporation, and papers of Rick Dillingham. Other collections relate to the history and work of SAR from its beginning in 1907 through the following century.
Scholars in the News
With over 300 former resident scholars working in more than 30 countries today, our alumni employ the knowledge gained at SAR in their ongoing work around the world.
Best-Selling Book by SAR Alumnus Challenges Traditional Narratives of Native America and Underscores the Achievements of Indians in Contemporary Culture.
A new, widely acclaimed book by SAR scholar alumnus David Treuer is challenging long-held views of the state of Native America. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, argues that Dee Brown’s famous history of Native American dispossession and genocide, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, perpetuates a mistaken impression of the situation of American Indians today.
Exploring Personal and Collective Loss in Poetry and Fiction: Casandra Lopez Receives Artist Trust Award
This week, the Washington nonprofit, Artist Trust, announced Casandra Lopez, SAR’s 2013 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence, as the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Venture Project award. Given to two individuals annually, the award honors creatives who the Trust believes demonstrate exceptional originality.
Gordon Lee Johnson writes primarily to tell the stories of today’s California Indian, but he is also interested in addressing the universal human condition. Johnson was SAR’s 2017 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence and was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article on California Native American artists and the struggle to preserve their culture in the modern world.