A Year of Challenges and Accomplishments

This report marks the close of my term as AAA president. It summarizes the full, end-of-year President’s report, which I hope every member will take a few minutes to read. The long report tells the AAA story for 2017, which was remarkably productive, sometimes frustrating, always demanding, and in the end, immensely gratifying. I use […]

Four Stories, A Lament, and an Affirmation

Alisse Waterston’s Presidential Lecture at the 116th AAA Annual Meeting No doubt these are dark times. What of us, as anthropologists, in these times? How will we pass the time that is given us? I take the opportunity of this talk to reflect on this moment of being in anthropology. Referring back to and in […]

A Resistance-Friendly Guide to Washington, DC

Despite cries to drain the swamp, the marshlands of our nation’s capital remain vibrant with signs (literal and figurative) of the resistance. In this short guide to Washington, DC, I invite you to gather outside of the White House for a protest, stroll along the waterfront, peruse the historical and literary scene, and visit the […]

Fatimah Williams Castro

Fatimah Williams Castro is the founder of Beyond the Tenure Track, a careers service designed for academics who are exploring and transitioning to careers outside of traditional academic teaching and research. She helps students and faculty re-frame the skills and experiences conceived in academia to open up opportunities and career choices that were previously unseen, […]

What to Do in DC—Day or Night

If you’ve flown into Washington and taken a cab from the airport, or had some time to walk around DC’s streets, you may have noticed that our license plates read “Taxation without Representation.” Although DC pays the highest per capita tax rate in the country, its residents have no voting representation in either house of […]

Advocacy Session Highlights

Engaging with Policymakers and Physical Scientists around Climate Change: Best Practices and Challenges (3-0350) Thursday, November 30, 10:15 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Susan A. Crate Shirley J. Fiske Heather Lazrus Keely Maxwell Nicole D. Peterson In Matters of Peace, Security, and Foreign Policy: Anthropological Engagement and the Power Elite (3-0885) Thursday, November 30, 2:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Elizabeth […]

Business Anthropology Comes of Age

Business anthropology is leading a future direction for anthropology and is asserting itself on the global stage. While its origins date to the 1930s (Jordan 2013, 9-22), business anthropology gained traction in the 1980s and ‘90s. Business anthropology is again on the rise: More companies are hiring anthropologists and the pace and volume of scholarly […]

Bending the Arc of Change

A conversation at AAA 2017 with Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim. Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, co-founders of Partners In Health, will open the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) on Wednesday, November 29 in Washington, DC by reflecting on the remarkable trajectory of their organization, and what their work […]

Congratulations to AAA Award Winners

Margaret Mead Award Congratulations to Sameena Mulla, the 2017 recipient of the Margaret Mead Award, presented jointly by AAA and SfAA, for her scholarship, including the book The Violence of Care: Rape Victims, Forensic Nurses, and Sexual Assault Intervention. The following quotes from the reviewers speak to the intellectual quality, clarity and understandability, and breadth […]

Who Majors in Anthropology, and Why?

First, the bad news: After decades of solid growth, US anthropology bachelor’s degree completions peaked at 11,270 in 2013 and have decreased sharply since then. The year 2016 saw only 9,135 anthropology degrees granted, the fewest since 2009. This is not due to programs shutting down—the number of colleges and universities granting four-year degrees in […]