Sonya Atalay

Associate Professor
Machmer W20
Curriculum Vitae


B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1991; M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1998; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 2003

Area(s) of Specialization:

Indigenous archaeology and heritage, community-based research, indigenous theory and research methods, knowledge mobilization via comics animation & VR

Research Description:

My work is in engaged (public) anthropology, focused on research partnerships with indigenous and local communities. I work across the disciplinary boundaries of cultural anthropology, archaeology, heritage studies, and Native American & Indigenous studies. For me, research is at its best when everyday people are engaged in studying, protecting and teaching about their own cultural heritage. I am working to understand and bring about the institutional changes required to support engaged, activist, and transformative scholarships through ethics principles, grant agency frameworks, tenure promotion guidelines, etc.

Key Publications:

2012 Community-Based Archaeology: Research with, by and for Indigenous and Local Communities, University of California Press