AAA Career Expo(sed)

Anthropologists Who Work for the Department of Veterans Affairs Fourteen years ago, I attended my first AAA meetings. My most vivid memory from those meetings, besides eating sushi for the first time, was of Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Paul Farmer debating the merits of public and applied anthropology before a packed house. Anthropologists continue to engage […]

Botswana Democracy

Ignored by the Global Media Botswana is the oldest, fully functioning democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. You would never guess it, however, by the way in which the country is ignored by the western—and global—media. Bad news travels far and fast in Africa—the Ebola epidemic, kidnappings, civil wars, massacres, dictatorships and rigged elections all make headline […]

Multiplying Moscow

Provisioning and Connectivity on the Roof of the World On a cold winter morning in 2010 I travelled with the driver Mital and a group of other passengers from the town of Murghab in Tajikistan to Osh in Southern Kyrgyzstan. While the journey usually takes a day, snowfall, a damaged car or border closure can […]

When Conversation is Not Enough

Reflections on the Makings of the #AAA2014 Die-In “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”—Zora Neale Hurston, anthropologist On November 24, 2014, we, like many others across the country and world, watched with resignation and anger, the announcement that Officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for […]

Queer Language Matters

The 22nd Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics to be Held Feb 13–15 For many lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer (LGBTQ) activists, visibility stands as a central measure of equal rights campaigns. Seeing queer characters on primetime TV is undeniably exciting. Yet it is also concerning, because the most popular shows (Modern Family, Glee, […]

Paths Not Taken

Ethnographic Terminalia and Career Choices There is something about the AAA meetings that lends itself to reflection, which also seems fitting as we kick off a new year. It could be the timing. Typically held in the run-up to Thanksgiving, this year AAA was held between the major holidays, and there was a sense that […]

Racialized Policing, Violence and Latinas/os

On December 8, 2014, outgoing US Attorney General Eric Holder announced the long awaited release of the Justice Department’s Guidance on racial profiling in federal law enforcement. The 2014 Guidance represents an improvement over the 2003 Guidance in so far as it expands the protected categories to include gender identity, national origin, religion, and sexual […]

Students and the Future of Anthropology

As incoming president of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), I would like to share some thoughts regarding practical training and postgraduate employment opportunities for students—who represent the future of our discipline. These thoughts are informed by my conversations with other NASA Officers, undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral candidates, and through my earlier experiences (2011-13) […]

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: Myths and Slogans

The call for AAA to boycott Israeli universities is based on misrepresentations of the actual practices of Israeli universities and on intellectual distortions being proliferated in the academy, including anthropology. Many thousands of Israeli Arabs are integrated in Israeli higher education and they advocate for an even greater share in it. One-third of the undergraduate […]

Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israeli Institutions

In its best moments, anthropology is a discipline that is dedicated to social justice. It is a discipline that has historically stood up for marginalized peoples around the world. Anthropologists have not always lived up to these best ideals, of course, and the history of our discipline includes cooperation with colonial and imperial regimes and […]