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Alumni Spotlight: Ali Maslar '14

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BA Anthropology


West Reading, PA

Current Position

Master's of anthropology student
George Washington University

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My Widener Experience

Why did you decide to major in anthropology?

I decided to major in anthropology after taking an Introduction to Anthropology course with Dr. Alvaré. I have always had a passion for learning about other cultures, and discovering the discipline of anthropology is the best thing that could have happened to me.

I realized there was enormous opportunity to help others, especially those in other countries. A degree in anthropology allowed me to focus my research on refugee resettlement and assimilation processes in the United States. 

Who was your favorite professor at widener? why?

Hands-down: Dr. Bretton Alvaré. Dr. Alvaré has both inspired and encouraged my journey as an anthropologist. Not only is he passionate, but he cares about his students. His personal experiences as an anthropologist studying the Rastafari in Trinidad allow him to provide genuine advice to fledgling anthropologists heading to field sites for the first time. Furthermore, Dr. Alvaré has a skill for leading informative lectures and engaging students in thought-provoking anthropological concepts that relate to real-world issues. 


My Professional Experience

what do you like most about your current position?

I am now a graduate student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., pursuing my master’s degree in anthropology with a concentration in international development with a focus on refugee resettlement and assimilation processes. The most enjoyable aspect of being a graduate student is participating in thought-provoking discussions. I can focus on my passion in my graduate program and have been researching at a higher level than in my undergraduate studies.

What advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?

I would advise anyone interested in anthropology to speak with Dr. Alvaré for more information on applying anthropological skills to the real world after graduation.

I would encourage anyone who has a passion for helping others, is curious about other cultures, or has an interest in global issues to consider pursuing an education in cultural anthropology. Because the field of anthropology is so vast and versatile, there are many career options available.