Ana Mariella Bacigalupo

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Ana Mariella Bacigalupo received her PhD in Anthropology from UCLA and is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. She has worked with Mapuche shamans in southern Chile for twenty years. Dr. Bacigalupo’s has published forty eight articles and book chapters and four books. Her sole authored books include Shamans of the Foye Tree: Gender, Power and Healing Among the Chilean Mapuche (University of Texas Press, 2007); The Voice of the Drum in Modernity: Tradition and Change in the Practice of Seven Mapuche Shamans (Universidad Católica de Chile press, 2001); Hybridity in Mapuche “Traditional” Healing Methods: The Practice of Contemporary Mapuche Shamans (PAESMI 1996). She also co-authored Modernization and Wisdom in Mapuche Land (San Pablo Press, 1995); Bacigalupo is currently finishing a fifth book titled Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Patagonia under contract with the University of Texas Press.

Dr. Bacigalupo has garnered numerous fellowships to support her research including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, a School of Advanced Research fellowship, a National Humanities Center fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Bellagio Fellowship, an American Association of University Women Fellowship,  and fellowships from the Divinity School and the Center for World Religions at Harvard University. She received the Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the UB 2020 award for Excellence in Cultural, Historical and Literary/Textual Studies, and the Milton Plesur Teaching Award from the University at Buffalo (2007).

Dr  Bacigalupo currently serves as the Anthropology Coordinator for the National Institute of Health Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Grant on the cultural meanings and uses of medicinal plants by curanderos on the North Coast of Peru (through SDSU) and is training graduate and undergraduate students from SUNY Buffalo in medical anthropology through this program. Bacigalupo also serves as chair of the section of Religion and Spirituality of the Latin American Studies Association. She has served on the Board of the Anthropology of Religion section of the American Anthropological Association as and on the board of the Indigenous Religions section of the American Academy of Religion