Sarah Leiter Awarded Grant from Archaeological Society of New Mexico

Departmental News

Posted:  Apr 20, 2022 - 02:20pm

Sarah Leiter, doctoral student in Ethnology, has been awarded a grant from the Archaeological Society of New Mexico for her dissertation research. Her sociocultural and linguistic anthropological project investigates the role of ancestral identities among present-day New Mexicans. It focuses on New Mexicans who are discovering their Jewish ancestry and, as a result, are beginning to identify as ethnically Sephardic, or Spanish-Jewish. This research will provide insight into the ways in which emergent understandings of the past become socially significant in the present.