Chandler Zausner

Chandler Zausner is an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, where he is pursuing a double major at The School of Cinematic Arts (media arts and practice, ‘20) and USC Dornsife (visual anthropology, ‘20). He is interested in documenting unique, marginalized, and disenfranchised communities and recently traveled to Japan for his first international research project on hikkikomori, a culture-bound syndrome of extreme social withdrawal. This is Chandler’s reflection on some of the challenges he faced.

A Repository for the Common Good

Rates of academic and professional publishing continue to climb—each year some 1.3 million articles are published in scholarly titles. Yet despite that massive output, we know that the products of anthropological knowledge include more than what’s captured in peer-reviewed journals.

Podcasting the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The day was hot. The lively sounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival surrounded us—speakers presenting on stage, a parade of Catalonian giant puppets, passersby chatting about what to eat for lunch, and music from an Armenian avant-garde jazz band off in the distance.

Palmyra Jackson

Palmyra Jackson first joined the AAA in July 2017 as a summer intern after completing her BA in both cultural anthropology and humanities for teaching at Seattle University.

Nate Wambold

Nate Wambold joined the AAA staff in June 2018 as the director of meetings and conferences. He brings the AAA a wealth of experience gained over 10 years in managing meetings in the association world and the hotel industry. Nate has a BA in psychology from American University.

2018 Leadership Fellows

Meet the 2018 AAA Leadership Fellows: Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Carla Pezzia, Matthew Reilly.

Richard Wilson

If a law seems ineffective, a lawyer would usually say the problem is with the doctrine of the law; to resolve the problem we must re-write the law. Richard Wilson, professor of law and anthropology, challenges this belief with his research on international speech crimes.