Annalisa Alvrus, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Anthropology

Cultural Science

480-461-7913

Office Hours

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM 
By appointment By appointment By appointment

In person at Room SC58 in the SC14 building at the southwest corner of the Southern & Dobson campus

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.

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

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

Class Started

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

Class Started

37104
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

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

Spring 2023

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
33412
Dobson Campus
In Person
Lecture/Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023
TuTh
1:30 PM - 3:45 PM

Open

9 of 25
Seats Available

29853
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture/Lab
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

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.

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

Class 29853 Students may contact the instructor at: genevieve.mielke@mesacc.edu

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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