The University of Arizona
Nancy Parezo
Nancy Parezo's portrait
Area of Interest: 
Cultural/Social Anthropology; Ethnohistory, Cultural Preservation and Museums, Cross-Cultural Interaction, Art, Contemporary Issues
Contact Information
Building & Room number: 
Harvill 235C
(520) 626-4057
(520) 621-7952
Office Hours: 
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 AM-Noon or by appointment
Faculty Position: 
Academic Degrees
Ph.D., 1981, University of Arizona
Research & Publications
About me: 

Nancy Parezo joined the American Indian Studies faculty in 1998 as a tenured Professor with a shared appointment in the Arizona State Museum (ASM). She is also an affiliated professor in Anthropology and a Research Associate for the Field Museum of Natural History. Professor Parezo has been with the UA since 1980 and has served extensively on AIS and university committees. She has extensive publications including Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest and Northern Mexico (UA Press), Preserving the Anthropological Record (Wenner-Gren Foundation), as well as recent articles in Anthropologie et Sociétés, Current Anthropology, Selling the Indian: Commercializing and Appropriating American Indian Cultures, and Blackwell Companion to Native American History, A Companion to American Indian History. Her most current exhibits have been shown at the Denver Art Museum, the Missouri Historical Society, and in Paris, France. Professor Parezo's had two books in press with the University of Nebraska, Anthropology Goes to the Fair: the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and On Their Own Frontier: Women Historians and the Re-visioning of the American West, 1900 to 1906. She teaches courses in Contemporary Indian American, cultural preservation and museum, writing tribal histories, grantwriting, and AIS 548, a methodology course for AIS graduate students. Fall 2005 she will;teach AIS 602, the PhD level theory course and AIS 336, Dine History and Philosophy. Professor Parezo has an extensive record of service/outreach, including a year as loaned executive to the Arizona Board of Regents and memberships on over a dozen major university committees since 1990. She currently serves on the University of Arizona's Institutional review Board in Medicine.