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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.


In the News

Despite the spring spike in Covid cases, the History Club continued to take advantage of the long awaited return to in-person learning by hosting 5 events that gave students the opportunity to gather outside of class for history-related activities. The History Club hosted 3 game nights which included a Jeopardy game night in May, which drew a respectable turnout of students and faculty for a Friday evening, as well as a movie night, and a trivia night. 

It has been, at times, a challenging year, but members of the History Club feel very fortunate that they have been able to meet as a club and enjoy each other’s company. Club leadership would like to thank our two graduating board members, Christine and Katrina, for all the work that they have done over the years for the club. We are excited to continue to hold events next year and are looking forward to welcoming 4 new board members.


Two history majors were co-winners of the prestigious annual Library Undergraduate Research Award. These awards honor students who demonstrate exemplary research skills and creativity through the comprehensive use of library and information resources to produce a high-quality scholarly work or class project. The history co-winners are: Sydney Shead, for her paper, “`Granny’ Midwife to Nurse-Midwife: The Decline of Southern Black Midwifery in the 20th Century,” and Sophie Wink, for her paper, “Behind the Brick Walls: The Gendered Implications of Eugenic Sterilization in the State of Maine.”

Left to right: Sydney Shead and Sophie Wink

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