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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 4930005Cultural thru Film


SOC 37
95460ANG 5901007Directed Reading

TBA 100
95048ANG 7910007Directed Research

TBA 100

Recent Publications

Forthcoming 2015. "Hunger and famine." In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Edited by Nancy Naples et al. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

2014   Deubel, T., Scott Youngstedt, and Hélène Tissières, eds. Saharan Crossroads: Exploring Historical, Cultural, and Artistic Linkages between North and West Africa. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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.

2011    “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.

2006 Mamadou Baro and Tara F. Deubel. Persistent Hunger: Perspectives on Vulnerability, Famine and Livelihood Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. Annual Review of Anthropology 35:521-38.

2006 ‘Banking on Culture’: Microcredit as Incentive for Cultural Conservation in Mali. In Microfinance: Perils and Prospects. Jude Fernando, ed. New York: Routledge.

Video documentaries:

2009    Saving for Change in Dio-gare, Mali. 15 min. Tucson, AZ: Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology.

2007    Redefining Emergency Response: The British Red Cross Operation in Niger. 25 min. London: British Red Cross Society.