Transgender Latina Activism in the Current Political Moment

The current political administration poses numerous threats to various minoritized communities in the United States. Anti-Latinx and transphobic sentiments and policy actions are on the rise. Given this state of affairs, one might assume that life is markedly more difficult for transgender Latinxs in the Trump era.

How “Fake News” Lost Its Meaning

Collins Dictionary named fake news its 2017 word of the year, an easy choice given the word’s “unprecedented usage increase” of 365 percent over the previous year. Collins defines fake news as “false, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news.” But this dictionary definition belies the shifting usage of the word in actual contexts of situation since the 2016 election.

Internet Privacy Hogwash

Ever since the early years of the Internet, privacy and public conduct have been hot button issues. Some initial bad experiences taught me and my departmental colleagues that all emails should be treated as public documents, which means they are not the place for expressing opinions about tenure cases or job candidates.

Starbucks, Racism, and the Anthropological Imagination

After a series of discrimination allegations, Starbucks announced in April that it would close to eight thousand stores on May 29 to conduct racial bias training. Many applauded the multinational corporation for taking a stance against racism, while others scoffed. Anthropologists have long kept a pulse on how corporations pollute environments, depress wages, control workers, create war, and, as a mentor recently reminded me, how they “just kill people.”

Love, Kinship, and Ceremonial Observance

How do I explain to my soon-to-be college graduate that she has to go to her graduation ceremony?

Anthropological Invigoration

How do you balance a commitment to the discipline of anthropology with recognizing and valuing insights that are relevant and challenging but come from outside anthropology?

Natasha Raheja

Natasha Raheja’s short film Cast in India calls attention to the connection between New York’s iconic manhole covers and the workers in India who make them.