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, Miami University, 1972-1973;
ceramic restorer, Musee de l'Etat, Luxembourg, 1971-1972;
graduate research assistant Bureau Ethnic Research, U. Arizona, 1974-1975;
graduate research assistant department anthropology, vice president research, U. Arizona, 1975-1978;
from graduate teaching assistant to instructor department anthropology, U. Arizona, 1979-1981;
instructor Elderhostel program division continuing education, U. Arizona, 1982-1983;
research professor American Indian studies, anthropology, U. Arizona, 1992-1997;
professor American Indian Studies, U. Arizona, since 1998;
instructor internship training program, National Museum Natural History/Smithsonian Institution, 1981-1982;
ethnologist, Arizona State Museum, 1983-1985;
associate curator ethnology, Arizona State Museum, 1985-1990;
curator ethnology, Arizona State Museum, since 1990. Instructor department landscape architecture U. Arizona, 1976, instructor division continuing education, 1979-1981, director music studies program department anthropology, 1985-1990, consultant agricultural expert, 1989, research 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. Assoc.program director anthropology National Science Foundation, 1987-1988.
Field reviewer Institute for Museum Superior vena cava syndrome, 1988-1989. Panel member National Endowment for Humanities, 1986, 90. Consultant and lecturer in field.
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, 1983.