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Miguel Aguilera

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

MIGUEL ASTOR-AGUILERA, PhD (Anthropology, University at Albany/SUNY) is an Arizona State University Associate Professor whose scholarship concentrates on ethnography, material culture, socio-religious theory, and archaeology focusing on Latin America. He specializes in Mesoamerican cosmovisions and their historical traditions, that is, pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary. His work specializes on Maya ritual specialists in the Yucatán peninsula and their ecological environment. Astor-Aguilera teaches courses in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies that are cross-listed with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the School of Transborder Studies. He has been Faculty Head of Religious Studies and is currently Director of Graduate Studies for Religious Studies and Associate Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of California at Riverside.
Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University at Albany/State University of New York.
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology from the University at Albany/State University of New York.

Research Interests

Miguel Astor-Aguilera conducts research focused on Latin America. He specializes in Mesoamerican worldviews including that of contemporary “folk” healers in the United States/Mexico border zone. His research, being an ethnographer, iconographer, and archaeologist is transdisciplinary and social historically holistic in method and theory. Astor-Aguilera currently conducts ethnographic investigations of cenote-sinkholes in the Yucatán peninsula and their associated ritual production amongst the Maya peoples of Mexico and Central America.

Publications

The Maya World of Communicating Objects: Quadripartite Crosses, Trees, & Stones. 2010. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 599Thesis
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 101Religion, Culture, Public Life
REL 595Continuing Registration
REL 690Reading and Conference
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 100Religions of the World
REL 595Continuing Registration
REL 690Reading and Conference
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 205Life, Sex and Death
REL 326US Latino Religion & Culture
TCL 328US Latino Religion & Culture
REL 599Thesis
REL 690Reading and Conference
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 202Religion and Popular Culture
REL 331Hist Native Amer Rel Tradition
REL 599Thesis
REL 690Reading and Conference
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 294Special Topics
REL 382Magick, Religion and Science
REL 599Thesis
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 205Life, Sex and Death
REL 591Seminar
REL 792Research
REL 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 394Special Topics
ASB 394Special Topics
REL 394Special Topics
HST 590Reading and Conference
REL 590Reading and Conference
ASB 691Seminar
REL 691Seminar
Service
  • Religious Studies/School of Historical, Philosophical, & Religious Studies, Faculty Leader/ExCom Representative (2014 - 2015)