About Anne Betteridge Ph.D.
An anthropologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Anne H. Betteridge is Director of the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a faculty member in the UA Department of Near Eastern Studies. She served as Executive Director of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) from 1990-2002. Dr. Betteridge’s research interests focus on Iranian culture, and women and ritual in particular. She conducted fieldwork and lived in Iran from late 1974 until early 1979, and has made three visits to Iran since that time. At the University of Arizona, Dr. Betteridge teaches courses related to ethnography of the Middle East, the study of Middle Eastern women, and Iranian culture and society. She is currently Co-Chair of the Council of Directors of Title VI of National Resource Centers; a member of the Academic Steering Committee of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts University; and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Persianate Studies. Anne Betteridge previously served as a member of the Executive Council of the Society for Iranian Studies, on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, and chaired the National Council of Area Studies Associations.