Aliya Hoff is an anthropology PhD student at Arizona State University. She studies exclusionary practices that create barriers for underrepresented students in academia. She strives to reimagine higher education as a decolonial, anti-racist, and equitable space for community and collective action.
Aliya is trained in qualitative and ethnographic research methods, intersectionality and feminist theories, and bioarchaeology.
Aliya completed her undergraduate degree in biological anthropology at University of California, San Diego, where she specialized in 3D imaging and visualization of cultural heritage sites for research and public outreach. She completed a M.A. in anthropology (bioarchaeology) at Arizona State University before heading to Athens, Greece, to conduct bioarchaeological research with the support of a Fulbright Fellowship. Aliya is now back in Tempe, Arizona, working on her PhD.
She spends most of her free time fawning over her little sister and her two cats, playing Animal Crossing, and reciting lists of sad facts about the world to her partner. Her primary hobbies are frequenting coffee shops and restaurants (note to self: develop more diverse hobbies when social distancing ends). She has been known to teach hot yoga on occasion and enjoys hiking and camping when the Phoenix heat briefly relents.