Annalisa Alvrus, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Anthropology

Cultural Science

480-461-7913

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
 

Online

 

Online

 
By appointment By appointment By appointment

Student Time:  Tuesdays and Wednesdays 1-4 p.m. (in person at Room SC58 in the SC14 building at the southwest corner of the Southern & Dobson campus AND online); virtual Student Time can be held during those times, or at other times. Please contact me to set up a time to meet online in my Personal WebEx Room.

If you can't make it during those times, then please email me at annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu to set up an online appointment to meet. I'd love to chat!

Profile

I'm a Florida native, who ended up in another sunny place (Arizona) after getting a job at MCC subsequent to finishing grad school at ASU. My hobbies including reading, hiking, and tending my plants and cats. I love the subject I teach, so work is never a chore.

Classes Taught

Spring 2022

ASM104 Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution 4 Credits
Study of human evolution and variation; including fossil hominids and their tools, primate anatomy and behavior, human genetics, and the environment and human biology. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
27915
Dobson Campus
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022
We
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Class Ended

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 27915 Students may contact instructors at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu and mary.aubin@mesacc.edu

ASM275 Forensic Anthropology 4 Credits
Survey of the role of forensic anthropologists, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Course focuses on how skeletal analysis can aid in medicolegal investigations, especially by identifying aspects of the life history of unknown individuals and by reconstructing events that took place at crime scenes. Covers both the legal aspects of forensic practice and the underlying biological basis for evidence obtained from skeletal remains. Examines applications of forensic anthropology in mass disasters, human rights investigations, and the deciphering of historic cases. Lab activities designed to illustrate techniques and principles central to the discipline. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29394
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022

Class Ended

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29394 Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

35659
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
01/18/2022 - 05/13/2022

Class Ended

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 35659 Students may contact insructor at annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

Summer 2022

ASB214 Magic, Witchcraft and Healing: An Introduction to Comparative Religion 3 Credits
Origins, elements, and forms of religion; a comparative survey of religious beliefs, myths, rituals and symbolism including magic, witchcraft and healing as practiced in selected regions of the world; the place of religion in the total culture. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
17938
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
07/05/2022 - 08/04/2022

Open

12 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

ASM275 Forensic Anthropology 4 Credits
Survey of the role of forensic anthropologists, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Course focuses on how skeletal analysis can aid in medicolegal investigations, especially by identifying aspects of the life history of unknown individuals and by reconstructing events that took place at crime scenes. Covers both the legal aspects of forensic practice and the underlying biological basis for evidence obtained from skeletal remains. Examines applications of forensic anthropology in mass disasters, human rights investigations, and the deciphering of historic cases. Lab activities designed to illustrate techniques and principles central to the discipline. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
16252
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
05/31/2022 - 07/21/2022

Closed

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 16252 Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

17885
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
06/13/2022 - 08/04/2022

Open

15 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 17885 Students may contact instructor at annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

Fall 2022

ASB253 Death and Dying Across Cultures 3 Credits
Responses to death and dying in cultures around the world. Explanations for particular cultural responses to death and dying. Examples drawn from ancient and contemporary cultures. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30440
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

20 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30440 Students may contact instructor at: annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

ASM275 Forensic Anthropology 4 Credits
Survey of the role of forensic anthropologists, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Course focuses on how skeletal analysis can aid in medicolegal investigations, especially by identifying aspects of the life history of unknown individuals and by reconstructing events that took place at crime scenes. Covers both the legal aspects of forensic practice and the underlying biological basis for evidence obtained from skeletal remains. Examines applications of forensic anthropology in mass disasters, human rights investigations, and the deciphering of historic cases. Lab activities designed to illustrate techniques and principles central to the discipline. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB], Natural Sciences General [SG] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
37104
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Open

24 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 37104 Students may contact instructor at annalisa.alvrus@mesacc.edu

31166
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture/Lab
08/23/2022 - 12/16/2022
TuTh
1:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Open

7 of 25
Seats Available

Degrees & Awards

B.A. in Anthropology (summa cum laude), University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1991)

M.A. in Bioarchaeology, Arizona State University (1996)

Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology, Arizona State University (2006)

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