Students and the Future of Anthropology

As incoming president of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), I would like to share some thoughts regarding practical training and postgraduate employment opportunities for students—who represent the future of our discipline. These thoughts are informed by my conversations with other NASA Officers, undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral candidates, and through my earlier experiences (2011-13) […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Hard to believe it but we have come to our twelfth and final contribution in this yearlong series aimed at helping undergraduate anthropology majors better situate themselves for future success within the discipline.  Over the past year we have strived to delineate some practical measures that students can utilize to expedite their advancement along this […]

Applied and Practicing Anthropology at #AAA2014

This year’s annual AAA meeting is shaping up to be exciting and informative—and it takes place in Washington, DC, home to many applied and practicing anthropologists who work in governmental, non-profit and private sector jobs, as well as at local universities. The preliminary program lists numerous opportunities for practitioners to find out about new jobs […]

No Anthropologist is An Island

Making the Case for AAA Support of Professional Practitioner Networks Though they may not carry the designation “anthropologist” in their job titles, countless practitioners of our discipline work for organizations, institutions, and governmental agencies, outside of the ivory tower.  Like academics, they apply the research methods they learned in graduate school to their everyday practice, […]

Exploring the Relationship between Practitioners and Academic Departments

For the past 18 months the Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) has been engaged in a project that explores the kinds of relationships that practitioners have with academic institutions and the exchanges that result from these relationships. This project aligns with many of the core missions of the committee which include […]