AAA Summer Intern Program

Do you have an interest in marine archaeology or African art? Maybe you’re looking for a productive way to spend your summer getting hands-on experience working in anthropology as well as in an office environment. Whatever your career goals may be, the AAA internship program provides two exceptional students with the opportunity to spend a […]

Declare Yourself a Vocal Opponent of Torture Today!

Today, as citizens, patriots, and protesters descend on Washington DC, to observe, celebrate, or decry the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, we must all rise to the most pressing challenge of our time—the fight for justice, accountability, human rights-based policy, and, most importantly, the definitive abolition of torture. As a […]


Jason De León is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan where he directs the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). De León’s research investigates the brutal world of clandestine border crossings between Mexico and the US, and he is currently documenting the lives of Honduran smugglers living in Mexico. His work sits at […]

A Home for Professional, Practicing, and Applied Anthropology

The AAA has been a scholarly home for anthropology and anthropologists since its founding in 1902; it provides an intellectual home for its scholar constituents, and its membership appears stable. However, the membership of the AAA consists primarily of students and anthropologists in the academy. And, the largest and growing segment of the discipline, professional, practicing, […]

Democracy in Turkey (but not for Kurds)

No longer can we assume—if anthropologists ever comfortably did—that human rights and formal democracy are mutually constitutive. Worldwide we witness the rise of ostensibly democratically-elected leaders who violate the law and the spirit of both representative democracy and human rights as easily as they invoke these to justify repression or intervention. In this inaugural column […]

The Ethnographic Past

It is May 2015, and I am returning for a second fieldwork stay in the small Indiana town where I conducted doctoral fieldwork from 1989 to 1991. I have been on the phone from Ireland with some people I used to know. A former coal miner has told me that I am arriving just in […]

For What It’s Worth

I invoke the song title of Buffalo Springfield’s 1966 classic (yes, it dates me) because the phrase intimates an assertion, something about uncertainty, the promise of a perspective and the question of value. As I reflect on AAA’s year of activities and accomplishments, “For What It’s Worth” captures this time of intense global and local […]

116th AAA Annual Meeting Call For Papers

Anthropology matters! is a call across the field to unite in our diversity, to embrace difficulty, be vibrant messmates, and promote the relevance of what anthropology is and does. Anthropology is best at describing the past, exploring the present, predicting the future, and navigating the processes of being and becoming human. Emphasizing the relationship between […]

Gone to #AAA2016!

AN will be at the AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this week. We’ll be back in action soon. If you’re joining the fun in Minneapolis, check out our Annual Meeting content, including tips for the best places to grab a beer with friends, get your caffeine fix, check out the local foodie scene, and see the […]

Interns Work with Curators and Underwater Archaeologists

AAA’s donor-supported six-week summer internships match host organizations in the Washington, DC area with the research interests of advanced undergraduates and first-year graduate students. AAA provides interns with group housing in the Capitol Hill area, where they interact with other young adults who have wide-ranging internship placements throughout the city. Interviewed by telephone in August, […]