• Cultural resource studies

    Cultural resource studies often explore the relationship of native peoples to the landscape, as in Montana, where research takes a turn off the beaten trail.

  • BARA researches make long-term investments in the community

    BARA researchers make long-term investments in the community. We've been studying the oil and gas industry and fisheries in the Gulf Coast for over twenty years and now we're documenting the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

  • BARA faculty members lead worldwide studies

    BARA faculty members lead worldwide studies in three broad categories: cultural resources, development, and environmental, like this focus group with cyclone victims in Bangladesh.

  • Students learn practical skills

    Student interns and graduate research assistants learn practical research skills, like ethnographic interviewing and videography, while studying Southern Paiutes and the Colorado River.

Welcome to Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology

The Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) is a unique academic research unit within the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. BARA's mission is to place anthropology at the service of contemporary society, prepare the next generation of professional anthropologists, advance knowledge of the human condition, and address the pressing issues of local communities. BARA faculty and affiliates carry out research, teaching, and outreach activities within Arizona, throughout the country, and internationally.



SoA Director Diane Austin, Kevin Bulletts (BARA), Megan Sheehan (Ph.D. Arizona, 2016), Sophia Borgias (Geography Ph.D.
The Annual BARA Intern Symposium will be held Thursday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.–1:30p.m. in Haury 216. The full program will be posted by April 15. The symposium will be presented with the help of collaborators with Owl & Panther (a Tucson-based expressive arts program for refugee families) and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
More than two dozen students, faculty, and staff from the SoA and Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) shared their work through posters, presentations, and roundtable discussions at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Santa Fe March 28–April 1.
•    TODAY, April 14: Latin American Studies Lecture Series presents Dr. Jennifer Roth-Gordon, “Brazilian Lessons on Lightness and Whiteness.” Chavez 205, 1:00 p.m. More information•    April 15: Consuelo Aguilar Walk/Run; SoA is a co-sponsor. More information


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Bureau of Applied
Research in Anthropology
Haury/Anthropology Room 210
P.O. Box 210030
Tucson, AZ 85721-0030
Tel: (520) 621-6282
Fax: (520) 621-2088

Chair of Research Affairs

Dr. Timothy Finan
Geronimo Bldg Room 300
Tel: (520) 621-6972