• 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.



The UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry announced the 2019 recipients of its Innovation Farm grant program earlier this week, and the School of Anthropology is involved in all three winning proposals! Congratulations to Drs. Noah Pleshet, Megan Carney, and Eric Plemons for their part in securing the awards.
The School of Anthropology had a very strong presence once again at the 2019 Tucson Festival of Books, not only in Science City, but also in the Social and Behavioral Sciences tent. Here’s a report on this year’s activities: UAC Demonstrates Food Preservation
The Friends of Anthropology, the School of Anthropology’s much-appreciated supporters, gathered on March 9 at the University Indian Ruin for the Spring 2019 UIR Lecture.


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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