A Retrospective on the First Anthropology Careers Video and Connections to the Present and Future

Anthropologists, anthropology students, and AAA staff celebrated the inaugural National Anthropology Day in a variety of ways. Thanks to AAA staff member Andrew Russell, three geographically-dispersed anthropologists were able to get together virtually and reflect on the past. The topic was Anthropologists at Work: Careers Making a Difference, a 1993 four-time award-winning video created by […]

SIMA Faculty Fellow

Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology Faculty Fellows The Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology (SIMA) is pleased to announce the appointment of its first two Faculty Fellows, who will join SIMA for the 2015 program. Robert W Preucel, director of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and professor of anthropology at Brown University; and Jennifer Shannon, curator […]

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. […]