Anne Betteridge

About Anne Betteridge

An anthropologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Anne H. Betteridge is Director of the University of Arizona (UA) Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a faculty member in the UA School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies.  She served as Executive Director of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) from 1990-2002.  Her research interests focus on Iranian culture and society, and women and ritual in particular.   Anne H. Betteridge is currently Co-Chair of the Council of National Resource Center Directors (CNRC); the CNRC includes 96 Title VI National Resource Centers in all world areas, funded by the US Department of Education.  She was elected in 2016 and again in 2018 as Vice President of the American Institute for Iranian Studies.  Anne H. Betteridge previously served on the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies; on the Academic Steering Committee of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts University; on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Persianate Studies; and chaired the National Council of Area Studies Associations.  


Curriculum Vitae

Office Hours: Thursday 3:30-5:00 p.m. and by appointment


BA Philosophy, Mount Holyoke College; MA, PhD Anthropology, University of Chicago

Research Interests:

Iranian culture and society; women and ritual in the Middle East, and Iran in particular; ethnography of the Middle East

Selected Publications:

“Title VI and Foundation Support for Area Studies: Its History and Impacts.” In International and Language Education for a Global Future: Fifty Years of Title VI and Fulbright-Hays Programs for Language and International Expertise in the United States. David Wiley and Robert S. Glew, eds. E. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2010.

“Muslim Women and Shrines in Shiraz,” In Donna Lee Bowen and Evelyn A. Early, eds. Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East, 2nd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.

“Shi’ite Festivals,” Encyclopaedia Iranica, Ehsan Yar-Shater, ed. Mazda Publishers, 1998.

"Specialists in Miraculous Action: Some Shrines in Shiraz," in Sacred Journeys: The Anthropology of Pilgrimage, Alan Morinis, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992.

"Domestic Observances: Muslim." In The Encyclopaedia of Religion. Mircea Eliade, ed. New York: Macmillan, 1986.

"Gift Exchange in Iran: The Locus of Self Identity in Social Interaction." Anthropological Quarterly 58 (4), Fall 1985, pp. 190-202.

"The Controversial Vows of Urban Muslim Women in Iran." In Unspoken Worlds: Women's Religious Lives in Non-Western Cultures. Nancy A. Falk and Rita M. Gross, eds. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1980, pp. 141-155.

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Anne Betteridge
Professor, Iranian Women and Culture, Director of CMES
Telephone: 520-621-5456
Office: Marshall 470
Office Hours: By Appointment