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Department ofAnthropology

Mary Hegland

Mary Hegland
Mary Hegland
Professor Emeritus

Mary Elaine Hegland's field work has been in the Middle East and South Asia: Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. She has also worked among Iranian Americans in the Bay Area of California and involves students in research projects among people of Iranian and other Middle Eastern backgrounds in the Santa Clara area. Dr. Hegland’s publications deal with the Iranian Revolution of 1978-1979; women and gender in religion and politics in Iran; change and continuity in an Iranian village; and women and gender in Shia Muslim rituals in Pakistan. Currently, Dr. Hegland is conducting research about aging and the elderly in Iran and among Iranian Americans in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She also plans to study women and gender and family hierarchy and dynamics as related to aging and the elderly in Tajikistan. Professor Hegland retired in June 2020.

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The Retail Management Institute (RMI) Santa Clara University is delighted to welcome Ram Rampalli, Vice President, New Ventures & Growth, Walmart Global Tech to our Innovation and Technology advisory (ITAC) board. As technology continues to transform retailing at an accelerated pace, Ram’s experience and expertise at the intersection of technology and retailing will be invaluable in guiding the curriculum development, student learning and faculty research. This is an exciting time for RMI as we move forward in areas that differentiate us including our innovative curriculum model, one-of-a-kind experiences and exposure for our retail studies students, and knowledge creation through deep collaboration. We look forward to a long and mutually productive collaboration with Ram.



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To know about these areas is to love them: Support them on Day of Giving

Here we'll shine the spotlight on different campus areas that may not receive regular exposure but that need your support during Day of Giving.  Visit weekly for fresh areas from now until April 12, Day of Giving. 


School of Education & Counseling Psychology (SECP)

Our vision imagines a region and world in which everyone has access to an inspiring education and the psychological tools and support to propel them toward flourishing lives of meaning, purpose and connection.  Our education is characterized by strong values, social justice, transformative education and a diverse community.

Jesuit School of Theology (JST)

The Jesuit School of Theology provides students the opportunity to faithfully and critically engage Christianity through approaches grounded in the 21st century, the Church’s global context, and our Jesuit identity, which encourages a deep consideration for how our faith leads us to work for social justice. We are committed to providing a Jesuit education grounded in an engaged pedagogy for the formation of leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion. 

Office of Multicultural Learning (OML)

As a part of the Inclusive Excellence Division, the Office for Multicultural Learning is committed to promoting social justice, building bridges across diverse communities, and celebrating differences of students at Santa Clara University. In addition, we advocate for historically underrepresented populations and educate the whole person within the context of Jesuit values.

Ciocca Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Ciocca Center is a campus resource that encourages the Entrepreneurial Mindset through academics, hands-on learning, and university-wide programs and events. An entrepreneur understands and recognizes a problem or pain point and has the determination to solve it. This form of empathy, and the courage to pursue new ideas, innovate and find solutions to problems, is the Entrepreneurial Mindset.

The de Saisset Museum

Discover fascinating exhibitions. Experience thought-provoking programs. Be inspired by California art and history. Located at the heart of Santa Clara University's campus, the de Saisset Museum aims to inspire curiosity, provoke dialogue, and encourage reflection. The de Saisset Museum is committed to supporting education for all ages by highlighting the diversity of our community, addressing issues of contemporary society, and showcasing the strengths of our permanent collection.