SMU Department of Anthropology

Hiding in plain sight: How invisibility saved New Mexico’s Jicarilla Apache

North America’s Jicarilla Apache tribe cloaked themselves in trade, diplomacy, and intermarriage and nearly escaped incarceration on an American Indian reservation.

How they did it has been a mystery of the historical American Southwest – until now. Continue reading

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Observatório da Emigração: Interview with SMU’s Caroline Brettell

Observatório da Emigração carried out an in-depth interview with SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell about her research on Portuguese immigration. An internationally recognized immigration expert, Brettell is University Distinguished Professor and Ruth Collins Altshuler Professor, and Director of SMU’s Interdisciplinary Institute. Continue reading

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The Guardian: Weatherwatch: Hotter, drier summers may mean more forest fires

The research of SMU fire anthropologist Christopher I. Roos was covered by the United Kingdom’s widely read newspaper The Guardian.

In his August 10 “Weatherwatch” column, “Hotter, drier summers may mean more forest fires,” science journalist David Hambling discussed the record-breaking megafires burning now in New Mexico. Continue reading

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CBS This Morning: Heat Wave Headaches and SMU Fire Research

The research of SMU fire anthropologist Christopher I. Roos was covered June 12 by CBS This Morning‘s science and environmental contributor M. Sanjayan.

Sanjayan, who is lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, discussed the record-breaking megafires burning now in New Mexico and referenced new ancient fire research by Roos. Continue reading

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Climate Central: New Mexico Wildfire Now a Record-Setting ‘Megafire’

The research of SMU fire anthropologist Christopher I. Roos was covered by the popular Climate Central blog. In a June 2 entry, Climate Central science journalist Andrew Freedman wrote about the record-breaking megafires burning now in New Mexico and referenced new ancient fire research by Roos. The study by Roos found that U.S. megafires in the U.S. Southwest region are unique and exceptional for the past 1,500 years. Continue reading

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UPI: U.S. megafires put down to human activity

The new ancient fire research of SMU fire anthropologist Christopher I. Roos was covered by the international wire service United Press International. In a May 18 entry, UPI reported that Roos found that U.S. megafires in the U.S. Southwest region are unique and exceptional when compared to the past 1,500 years. Continue reading

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Ancient tree-ring records from southwest U.S. suggest today’s megafires are truly unusual

Christopher Roos, fire scar, tree ring, ancient fire, Medieval Warm Period, Little Ice Age, anthropology, SMUToday’s mega forest fires of the southwestern U.S. are truly unusual and exceptional in the long-term record, suggests a new study that examined hundreds of years of ancient tree ring and fire data from two distinct climate periods, says study co-author and fire anthropologist Christopher I. Roos, SMU. Continue reading

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Careers360: Learning the origins and evolution of mankind

Caroline Brettell Careers360The India-based career planning site Careers360 interviewed SMU professor Caroline Brettell for an article about a professional career as an anthropologist.

An anthropologist, Brettell most recently reported that Indian and Vietnamese immigrants in North Texas develop their American identity by participating in ethnic community activities, then branching out to broader civic and political life. Continue reading

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India Abroad: Civic incorporation of newcomers does not mean abandoning who you are


The New York-based newspaper India Abroad covered the research of SMU anthropologist Caroline Brettell in an interview with journalist Artthur J. Pais in the March 2 edition.

Brettell has reported that immigrants in North Texas develop their American identity by participating in ethnic community activities, then branching out to broader civic and political life.
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