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Anna Cohen

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Research Assistant Professor

Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: Old Main 215
DialPhone: (435)797-0270

Educational Background

PhD, Anthropology, University of Washington, 2016
Creating an Empire: Local Political Change at Angamuco, Michoacan, Mexico
MA, Anthropology, University of Washington, 2011
MA, Anthropology and Social Science, University of Chicago, 2008
BA, Anthropology and Religious Studies, Political Science minor, McGill University, 2005


Courses Taught: Biological Anthropology, World Prehistory, Religion and Material Culture, Latin American Archaeology

Research Interests

Political economy and political incorporation, consumption, comparative urbanism, material culture; survey methods and remote sensing, intra-site analysis, ceramic studies, archaeometry; museum anthropology, big data in anthropology; politics and ethics of archaeology, history of anthropology and the sciences; Latin America, Mesoamerica


Niles Writing Fellowship, 2016

University of Washington

Pre-Doctoral Resident, 2013

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2013

National Science Foundation

Museum Research Fellowship, 2012

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Pilot Fieldwork Grant, 2012

University of Washington

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Cohen, A., Fisher, C.T, (2016). The Purpecha (Tarascan) Empire: Handbook of Aztec Studies. Oxford University Press

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Cohen, A., Galaty, M.L, Fisher, C.T, (2018). Petrographic Analysis of Ceramics and Clay from Angamuco, Michoacn. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 19, 155-165.
        • Cohen, A., Solinis-Casparius, R., (2017). The Micropolitics of Public Archaeology: Working with the Ejido in Michoacn, Mexico. Journal of Social Archaeology, 16:3, 326-348.
        • Fisher, C.T, Cohen, A., Fernandez-Diaz, J., Leisz, S.J, (2017). The Application of LiDAR for the Documentation of Ancient Cities and Regions. Quaternary International, 448, 129-138.
        • Fisher, C.T, Fernandez-Diaz, J., Cohen, A., Neil Cruz, O., Gonzlez, A., Leisz, S.J, Pezzutti, F.L, Shrestra, R., Carter, W.E, (2016). Identifying Ancient Settlement Patterns through LiDAR in the Mosquitia Region of Honduras. PLOS ONE, 11:8, e0159890.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other


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                Scheduled Teaching

                ANTH 1020 - Biological Anthropology, Spring 2018

                Anth 4800 - Latin American Archaeology, Spring 2018

                ANTH 4800 - Topics in Anthropology, Spring 2018

                ANTH 1030 - World Archaeology, Spring 2018

                ANTH 1020 - Biological Anthropology, Fall 2017

                ANTH 4800 - Religion and Material Culture, Fall 2017