Michael O'Hara is an anthropologist who specializes in the archaeology and traditional cultures of the Americas, particularly the American Southwest. He is a doctoral candidate in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, and holds a MA in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, a MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona, and a BA in American Studies from Pomona College. He was born and grew up in Tennessee, and lived in California and Montana before arriving in Arizona.
Michael's research interests focus on the roles of religion, ritual, and inter-group conflict in the transformation of the social and political organization of prehistoric communities in the American Southwest. His doctoral dissertation addresses relationships between climate and social processes of competition and cooperation in the Flagstaff region between A.D. 1000 and 1300. This research includes discussion of prehistoric ballcourts, and Michael avidly follows modern ball games as well, especially those involving the Patriots, Celtics, and Arizona Wildcats.