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Department ofAnthropology

Mary Hegland

Mary Hegland
Mary Hegland


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.

  • Anthropology 3: Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology 11A: Transforming Middle East
  • Anthropology 90: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Anthropology 157: Family, Kin, and Culture
  • Anthropology 172: Anthropology of Aging
  • Anthropology 188: People, Culture, and Change in the Middle East