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Nancy Jean Parezo

Nancy Jean Parezo, American anthropologist, educator, curator, researcher.


  • Parezo, Nancy Jean was born on January 8, 1951 in Buffalo. Daughter of Charles William and Georgia Leon (Pierce) Parezo.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Anthropology, Sociology cum laude, Miami University, 1973. Master of Arts, University Arizona, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Anthropology, University Arizona, 1981.


    • Student registrar Elma Pratt Folk Art Collection Miami University, 1970-1971, lab technician, teaching assistant department anthropology, 1972-1973. Ceramic restorer Musee de l'Etat, Luxembourg, 1971-1972. Graduate research assistant Bureau Ethnic Research University Arizona, 1974-1975, graduate research assistant department anthropology, vice president research, 1975-1978, from graduate teaching assistant to instructor department anthropology, 1979-1981, instructor Elderhostel program division continuing education, 1982-1983, research professor American Indian studies, anthropology, 1992-1997, professor American Indian Studies, since 1998.

      Instructor internship training program National Museum Natural History/Smithsonian Institution, 1981-1982. Ethnologist Arizona State Museum, 1983-1985, associate curator ethnology, 1985-1990, curator ethnology, since 1990. Research associate Field Museum Natural History, since 2005.

      Instructor department landscape architecture University Arizona, 1976, instructor division continuing education, 1979-1981, director museum studies program department anthropology, 1985-1990, consultant agricultural extension, 1989, professor American Indian studies and anthropology, since 1992, D'Arcy McNickle Indian fellow Newberry Library., 1994-1995. Researcher collections division Arizona State Museum, 1977. Instructor Pima Community College, 1979-1981.

      Regents loaned executive Arizona Board Regents, 1990-1991. Associate program director anthropology National Science Foundation, 1987-1988. Field reviewer Institute for Museum Services, 1988-1989.

      Panel member National Endowment of the Humanities, 1986, 90. Consultant and lecturer in field.


    • Author: Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexicom 1996, and several other books. Editor: Hidden Scholars. Women Anthropologists and the Native American Southwest, 1993.

      Co-editor: Preserving the Anthropological Record, 1992, second edition, 1995. Curator numerous exhibits in Anthropology and Native American studies. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Anthropological Association. Member American Association of University Women, American Ethnological Association, Society for American Archaeology, Society for Applied Anthropology, Society for Feminist Anthropology, American Association Museum (accreditation committee 1989-1990, Map advisor and reviewer 1989-1993), Council for Museum Anthropology (board directors 1988-1992, program chair 1992, treasurer 1985-1988, president 1998-1900), History Anthropology Network, Association for Women Faculty (secretary 1990-1991, committee academy professional 1985-1987), Southwestern Anthropological Association, Council for Preservation of Anthropological Records (president since 1994), American Philosophical Society, Phi Beta Kappa (board directors 1990-1991), Alpha Kappa Delta.





    • Married Richard V.N. Ahlstrom, October 23, 1982.
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    Born January 8, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1973
      Sociology cum laude
    • 1976
      University Arizona
    • 1981
      University Arizona
    • 1970 - 1971
      Student registrar Elma Pratt Folk Art Collection Miami University
    • 1971 - 1972
      ceramic restorer Musee de l'Etat
    • 1981 - 1982
      instructor, internship training program National Museum Natural History/Smithsonian Institution
    • 1990
      ethnologist Arizona State Museum
    • 2005
      research associate, Field Museum Natural History
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