- Fulbright Award (1984)
Alan R. Sandstrom is a professor emeritus of anthropology at IU Fort Wayne. He received his B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from American International College in 1968 and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1971 and 1975 both from Indiana University Bloomington. He joined IU Fort Wayne’s faculty in 1976 as an assistant professor of anthropology and was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and full professor in 1993. Sandstrom served as chair of the Department of Anthropology in Fort Wayne from 2002 to 2009. He retired in 2009 with the title of professor emeritus. From 2011 to 2014, he served as an adjunct professor of anthropology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Sandstrom’s research interests include cultural ecology, cultural materialism, economic anthropology, history and theory of anthropology, Native peoples of Mesoamerica and North America, and religion, ritual, and symbolism.
Sandstrom has received a number of grants and awards including a Fulbright postdoctoral research fellowship in 1984 to conduct ethnographic research among the Nahua of Mexico. In 1997, he received an American Council of Learned Societies research fellowship and a research grant from the American Philosophical Society. He served as president of Central States Anthropological Society from 2000 to 2001 and editor of Nahua Newsletter from 1990 to 2011. Sandstrom was selected as a Distinguished Professor by the Mexican Academy of Sciences and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico. He is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the Society for Economic Anthropology, Society for Anthropological Sciences, and Central States Anthropological Society.