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Tara  Deubel

Tara Deubel

Tara Deubel
Assistant Professor


Office: SOC 141



Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona
Certificate in Forced Migration, University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre
M.A., Anthropology, University of Arizona
B.A., American Studies, Georgetown University


Cultural Anthropology, Language and Culture, Anthropology of Human Rights, Anthropology of Development, Ethnographic Film, Anthropology of Food


Sociocultural and linguistic anthropology, politics of international aid, gender and development, food security, forced migration and refugee resettlement, ethnic minorities and nationalism, language and performance, social memory, visual anthropology, West and North Africa, Middle East

Graduate Students

Clarisse Barbier, Spencer Bockover, Kris-An Hinds, Melina Taylor

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
82643ANT 3610002Anthropological Linguistics
Online course taught thru Canvas. There are no class meetings for this course.

84398ANT 4930005Culture through Film

SOC 37
95460ANG 5901007Directed Reading

TBA 100
95048ANG 7910007Directed Research

TBA 100

Recent Publications


2014    Deubel, T., S. Youngstedt, and H. Tissières, eds. Saharan Crossroads: Exploring Historical, Cultural, and Artistic Linkages between North and West Africa. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Articles and book chapters:

Forthcoming 2017  Deubel, T. “Nostalgia, Memory, and Nationalism: Homeland Poetry and Identity in Sahrawi Communities.” In Politiques de la culture et cultures politiques au Sahara Occidental (Cultural Politics and Political Cultures in Western Sahara). Sébastien Boulay and Francisco Freire, eds. Boston, MA and Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

2015    Deubel, T. (2015) "Mediascapes of Human Rights: Emergent Forms of Activism in Western Sahara" Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World 5(3):5-19. Special issue edited by Jill Robbins and Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo.

2011    Deubel, T.F. “Poetics of Diaspora: Sahrawi Poets and Postcolonial Transformations of a Trans-Saharan Genre in Northwest Africa.” Journal of North African Studies 16(4):295-319. (Arabic translation published in Alif: Journal of Comparative Arabic Poetics 35:272-300 (2015).

2012    Barnshaw, J., K. Dolan, F. Apaydin, T. Deubel, K. Greiner and T. Nguyen. “Crisis in the Gulf of Mexico: Discourse, Policy and Sustainability in Post-Catastrophe Environments.” Journal of Applied Social Science 6(2):133-148.

2006    Baro, M. and T. Deubel. “Persistent Hunger: Perspectives on Vulnerability, Famine and Livelihood Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Annual Review of Anthropology 35:521-38.

2006    Deubel, T. “‘Banking on Culture’: Microcredit as Incentive for Cultural Conservation in Mali.”  In Microfinance: Perils and Prospects. Pp. 133-153. Jude Fernando, ed. New York: Routledge.

Encyclopedia articles:

2016    Deubel, T., M. Boyer, and D. Goodlett. “Women, gender, and refugee camps in sub-Saharan Africa.”  In Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Edited by Suad Joseph, et. al. Routledge Press.

2015     Deubel, T. “Hunger and famine.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. N. Naples, ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.