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 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. Dr. Betteridge’s research interests focus on Iranian culture, and women and ritual in particular. At the University of Arizona she teaches courses related to ethnography of the Middle East, Iranian society and culture, and women in Middle Eastern society. She conducted fieldwork and lived in Iran from late 1974 until early 1979, and has made three visits to Iran since that time. She is currently Co-Chair of the Council of Directors of Title VI of National Resource Centers; a member of the Academic Steering Committee of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts University; and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Persianate Studies. Anne Betteridge previously served as a member of the Executive Council of the Society for Iranian Studies, on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, on the Board of the American Council of Learned Societies, and chaired the National Council of Area Studies Associations.

Curriculum Vitae

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

Education:

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.

“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
Associate Professor, Iranian Women and Culture, Director of CMES
Telephone: 520-621-5456
Office: Marshall 470
Office Hours: On Sabbatical | By Appointment