Miguel Aguilera

Coor Hall 6640
976 S. Forest Mall
Tempe
Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302

Biography

Miguel Astor-Aguilera is an Arizona State University associate professor whose scholarship concentrates on ethnography, material culture, socio-religious theory, and archaeology focusing on Latin America. He specializes in Mesoamerican cosmovisions and their historical traditions, that is, pre-Columbian, colonial, and contemporary. His work specializes on Maya ritual specialists in the Yucatán peninsula and their ecological environment. Astor-Aguilera teaches courses in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies that are cross-listed with the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and the School of Transborder Studies. He has been faculty head of Religious Studies and is currently director of graduate studies for religious studies and associate director of graduate studies for the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies.

Education

  • Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany/State University of New York
  • M.A. Anthropology, University at Albany/State University of New York
  • B.S. Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of California-Riverside

Research Interests

Miguel Astor-Aguilera conducts research focused on Latin America. He specializes in Mesoamerican worldviews including that of contemporary folk healers in the United States/Mexico border zone. His research, being an ethnographer, iconographer, and archaeologist is transdisciplinary and social historically holistic in method and theory. Astor-Aguilera currently conducts ethnographic investigations of cenote-sinkholes in the Yucat�n peninsula and their associated ritual production amongst the Maya peoples of Mexico and Central America.

Publications

The Maya World of Communicating Objects: Quadripartite Crosses, Trees, & Stones. 2010. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
REL 101 Religion, Culture, Public Life
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 599 Thesis
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
REL 101 Religion, Culture, Public Life
REL 595 Continuing Registration
REL 690 Reading and Conference
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 792 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
REL 100 Religions of the World
REL 595 Continuing Registration
REL 690 Reading and Conference
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 595 Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
REL 205 Life, Sex and Death
REL 326 US Latino Religion & Culture
TCL 328 US Latino Religion & Culture
REL 599 Thesis
REL 690 Reading and Conference
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 331 Hist Native Amer Rel Tradition
REL 599 Thesis
REL 690 Reading and Conference
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
REL 294 Special Topics
REL 382 Magick, Religion and Science
REL 599 Thesis
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
REL 205 Life, Sex and Death
REL 591 Seminar
REL 792 Research
REL 799 Dissertation

Service

  • Religious Studies/School of Historical, Philosophical, & Religious Studies, Faculty Leader/ExCom Representative (2014 - 2015)