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 […]

Understanding and Resisting Gender-Based Violence

In June, the AAA released its latest report on the 2016 member survey, “Sexual Harassment: A Stubborn Fact of Anthropologists’ Work Life?” This report provides an opportunity to propose concrete actions that members of our discipline can take to build an anthropology community that is safe and equitable for all its members. The report summarizes […]

PhD Students Talk about Jobs

Recently, I’ve been interviewing anthropology PhD students about their job search and career aspirations. This is part of a research project that the AAA’s Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) initiated in connection with the NAPA/AAA Careers Expo at the 2016 Annual Meeting, seeking to learn more about how departments support their […]

Researching Ourselves, Together

Once every month or two, I get an email notifying me that someone has downloaded the survey data from the Comparative Data Project, and whenever this happens, I always wonder what they’re using it for. The data set consists of survey responses from 117 anthropology departments, collected in 2013 and including information about each department’s […]