Futurecasting Anthropology

Futurists are scientists that use data analysis, ethnographic methods and other scientific procedures to design and make predictions about our future. To do this, they do something called futurecasting. Futurecasting is the process of mixing of social science, data, economic analysis, technology and conversation as a predictor of what may be the future of humans. […]

An Anthropological Endeavor

I was very inquisitive about having the opportunity of understanding how two anthropologists, Gretchen Bakke and Marina Peterson, formed their content for an upcoming publication pertaining to anthropology of the arts. Considering my own approaches to choosing the content for my Anthropology News columns, I did not want to approach my writing as a traditional […]

Anthropologists and the Moynihan Report

Family Structure, Race and Poverty Ours is a society which presumes male leadership in private and public affairs. The arrangements of society facilitate such leadership and reward it. A sub-culture, such as that of the Negro American, in which this is not the pattern, is placed at a distinct disadvantage. —DP Moynihan, The Negro Family: […]

Bridging the Divide Between Ethnic Studies and Anthropology

When I was hired as assistant professor and program head at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in August 2014, I encountered a beleaguered, yet not quite defunct Mexican American Studies program. There were only two classes active in the course catalogue and two students majoring in the subject. I was told that the […]

Beyond the Audit

Anthropologists Finding Careers at the Government Accountability Office   In recent years, several colleagues and I from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have had the opportunity to participate in the NAPA-sponsored career expo held at the AAA Annual meeting. The event staffed by practicing anthropologists from federal agencies, non-profit and private sector organizations sharing career […]

Too Expensive to Eat

When Food Becomes Money in a Rural Village of Fiji The commodification of various traditionally produced and procured foodstuffs, like taro and fish has been a gradual and uneven process in rural villages of Fiji, over time rendering these foods “too expensive to eat” for many households. Dilemmas are created in households over decisions about […]

If Not Us, Then Who?

A Case for Paying It Forward in Anthropology A few months before starting a new job as president of a residential research institute that primarily supports anthropology and Native American Studies, I ran into an old friend, an accomplished scholar whose career had been advanced by a fellowship at the very institution I was about […]

Site and Motion of Graffiti

Graffiti is part of public visual culture that can represent a political stance or serve as an art form. An Anthropological documentation in a specific geographic site and an artist’s analysis of motion in the creative process considers the impact graffiti has on a sense of public space. I have chosen these two approaches, which […]

Why You Should Consider Applying for the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Are you about to complete your PhD and want to do something other than become an adjunct? Or are you perhaps safely tenured but want to make a contribution in government rather than in academia? (“Ask not what your country can do for you…”) Or maybe you’re just curious and would like to find out […]

Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank: Digital Cameras

Digital Cameras In the first installment of “Ethnographic Fieldwork Equipment That (Hopefully) Won’t Break the Bank,” we examined a series of digital audio recording devices ranging in price from $100 to over $400. This time, we consider both digital single-lens reflex—or DSLR—and mirrorless cameras. As with the previous entry in this four part series, this column […]