Practicing Anthropology in Design and Business

When was the last time you were satisfied or even delighted with a product, service or system? All too often we feel frustrated or disappointed with our material, social and digital interactions, in part because they have been designed using a top-down approach focused on business needs and goals. Engineers, designers, product managers, and marketers […]

Kudos to Risa Cromer, Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Winner

Risa Cromer, a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been selected as a recipient of the Charlotte W Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2015. Cromer is a doctoral candidate in anthropology. Her dissertation, Saved: Science, Religion, and the Frozen Embryo Problem in the United States, examines the […]

Understanding Practitioner-Academic Department Relationships

At AAA meetings and within academic units, we often hear a call for students to learn from non-university based practicing anthropologists. Such anthropologists bring a unique set of skills and perspectives that add great value to student training. While the incentive for academic units to develop relationships with practicing anthropologists is clear, CoPAPIA was interested […]

AAA Career Expo(sed)

Anthropologists Who Work for the Department of Veterans Affairs Fourteen years ago, I attended my first AAA meetings. My most vivid memory from those meetings, besides eating sushi for the first time, was of Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Paul Farmer debating the merits of public and applied anthropology before a packed house. Anthropologists continue to engage […]

Anthropology and Humanitarian Aid

The international humanitarian aid organization Doctors Without Borders/Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF) is known for its medical work in conflict zones, epidemics and natural disasters. MSF is recognized globally for the work of its doctors, nurses and logisticians, and as I discovered several years ago, they have a growing pool of anthropologists working in their programs. […]

Apply by Feb 5 for Cultural Anthropology Position at NSF

The NSF Cultural Anthropology Program is looking for a “rotator” (temporary program officer, 1-3 years) to help run the Cultural Anthropology Program. The deadline is coming right up: February 5. But we haven’t received many qualified applications. The requirements are six years professional experience post-PhD in Cultural Anthropology; specialty is open. Here’s a link to the […]

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 […]