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Aliya Hoff

Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Student Information:
Graduate Student
The College of Lib Arts & Sci


Aliya completed her undergraduate degree in biological anthropology at University of California, San Diego, where she specialized in 3D imaging and visualization of cultural heritage sites for research and public outreach. She completed a M.A. in anthropology (bioarchaeology) at Arizona State University before heading to Athens, Greece, to conduct bioarchaeological research with the support of a Fulbright Fellowship. Aliya is now back in Tempe, Arizona, working on her PhD in sociocultural anthropology. She studies barriers to inclusion in STEM graduate education and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on early career researchers.


M.A. Anthropology (2016)
Arizona State University

B.A. Anthropology (2014), magna cum laude
Departmental Honors: Highest Distinction
University of California, San Diego

Research Interests: 

I study exclusionary practices that create barriers for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in academia. Specifically, I examine the intersections of racism, heteropatriarchy, and colonialism in the origins and current configurations of anthropology. I explore how whiteness is reproduced through disciplinary cultures and practices that shape undergraduate and graduate education in order to reimagine higher education as a decolonial, antiracist, and equitable space for community and collective action.


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Peer-Reviewed Book Chapter

Knudson, Kelly J., Christina Torres-Rouff, and Aliya R. Hoff. 2020. “Intersectionality and the Multiplicity of Identities in the Andean Past.” In Bioarchaeology and Identity Revisited, edited by Kelly J. Knudson and Christopher M. Stojanowski, 185–198. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press.

Peer-Reviewed Encyclopedia Articles

Hoff, Aliya R. 2021. “The Passing of the Great Race; or The Racial Basis of European History (1916), by Madison Grant.” In The Embryo Project Encyclopedia, July 12, 2021. 

Hoff, Aliya R. 2021. “Madison Grant (1865–1937).” In The Embryo Project Encyclopedia, June 20, 2021.

Hoff, Aliya R. 2021. “The Galton Society for the Study of the Origin and Evolution of Man (1918–1935).” In The Embryo Project Encyclopedia, June 30, 2021.

Research Activity: 
  • Graduate Research Associate for the NSF-funded ASU ADVANCE Social Science Research project
  • Graduate Research Associate for the NSF RAPID project “Winners and Losers when Science Moves Home: Differential Effects of COVID-19 based on Discipline, Caregiving, and Career Stage"
Honors / Awards: 
  • GPSA Social Justice Spotlight (2020)
  • Fulbright Research Fellowship, Greece (2018–2019)
  • Graduate Teaching Award. School of Human Evolution and Social Change (2018)
  • Increasing Diversity in the Evolutionary Sciences Scholar. American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2017)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2015–2020) 
Professional Associations: 
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association of Biological Anthropology
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  • Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research
  • National Science Policy Network
  • Supervisor for the SHESC Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (2020–)
  • Primary advisor for an undergraduate independent research project (2021)
  • Graduate student member of the School of Earth and Space Exploration's Inclusive Community Committee (2021–)
  • Graduate student consultant of the School of Earth and Space Exploration's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force (2020–2021)
  • Graduate student member of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (2020–2021)
  • Vice Chair of the National Science Policy Network DEI Committee (2020)
  • Co-Lead of the Arizona Science Policy Network Committee on Police and Prison Abolition (2020)
  • When Mental Walls Lead to Physical Walls: interactive art and museum installation about the US-Mexico border wall at First Friday Artlink, Phoenix, AZ (2018)
  • Anthropology outreach at ASU Homecoming and Night of the Open Door events, Arizona Museum of Natural History, the Center for American Archeology, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece
  • Vice President for the SHESC Association for All Graduate Students (2017–2018)
  • Graduate member of Disability Advocacy and Awareness Advisory Board (2017–2018)
  • Bioarchaeology Approach Representative for the SHESC Association for All Graduate Students (2016–2017)
  • Grant Reviewer for the Graduate and Professional Student Association (2014–2018)