AAA 2016 Spring Ballot

ASSOCIATION-WIDE ELECTIONS Executive Board Practicing Professional Seat (3-year term) Stephen E Nash Nathaniel (Niel) Tashima Minority Seat (3-year term) Whitney L Battle-Baptiste Anna S Agbe-Davies Section Assembly Seat-Small Size Sections (3-year term) Raymond Hames David Simmons Section Assembly Seat-Middle Size Sections (3-year term) Julian Brash Carolyn K Lesorogol   Nominations Committee Undesignated Seat #1 (3-year […]

2016 Distinguished Lecture

This year’s Distinguished Lecture by Frans de Waal will be an occasion for dialogue and debate that reaches across anthropology’s subfields. Professor de Waal is a biologist and primatologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His research has drawn parallels between primate and human behavior, from peacemaking and morality […]

Why Do We Ask about Race?

In graduate school, I used to get an email from the registrar every year asking me to log into the system and select my race and religion from a list of options. Why do they want to know this? I thought. What difference does it make to them? So every year I deleted that email […]

The “Wonder” of Teaching and Learning

Please put the Renwick Gallery on your “must-see” list if you are visiting Washington this month or next. Located directly across from the White House, the Renwick was the first building built in the US specifically to house an art museum. It recently completed a major two-year renovation before reopening last fall. Since November 2015, […]

How to Design a Great Poster

Think Visually First Posters are the perfect invitation to a conversation about your research. Since posters are inherently visual, the key to a strong poster is simplicity—their immediate function is to pique the curiosity of passers-by. Once you have landed an audience, it’s up to you to bring your work to life, to share your […]

Getting Proximate on Israel-Palestine

This month through next, AAA members are voting on a resolution to boycott Israeli Academic Institutions. This is a huge decision and thus it is essential that every AAA member vote in the election that extends from April 15 to May 31. At this very moment—the time of the spring election—the membership’s collective voice on […]

Fear Not the Poster Redux

More than a decade ago I wrote a piece for Anthropology News touting the benefits and enjoyment of giving a poster at the AAA meetings. While among students, the poster option has begun to expand, even flourish, faculty remain hesitant, dismissive, and even antagonistic to the format. This is unfortunate and is inhibiting a better […]

AAA Members and the Membership Survey

My background is in sociocultural and applied linguistics, and I first joined AAA as a fifth-year doctoral student. It took me a while to learn to feel comfortable at the Annual Meeting, where attendance is more than double the entire membership of my other professional association, the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). I always […]

Meet the Staff: Lauryl Zenobi

Lauryl Zenobi joined the AAA in February 2016 as the Institutional Sales Coordinator (ISC). As the ISC, Lauryl manages the development and publication of the AnthroGuide and assists with Annual Meeting planning. Lauryl is a recent arrival to DC from Seattle, where she is working on her PhD in Archaeology from U Washington. She received her MA […]

Meet the Staff: Daniel Ginsberg

Daniel Ginsberg joined the AAA staff in February 2016 as AAA’s Professional Services Fellow. Daniel is responsible for managing AAA’s institutional research program about the profession of anthropology. He supports AAA services to university departments (through the Department Services Program) and to practicing and applied anthropologists, and is staff liaison to the Committee on Practicing, […]