Immigrant Journeys to Higher Education

 Immigrant parents are the original DREAMers. The research considers us successful because we made it to college. I think we wouldn’t be here without our parents. That’s just the bottom line. Our parents had so much personal drive and so much dedication to bring us to where we are now that there’s no way that […]

Introduction to “Ethnographer as Activist”

Grappling with Ethnography and Advocacy in the Field What follows is a transcribed conversation between the authors. It has been edited for length and clarity. Haley Bryant: When we began this discussion it took the form of a conference panel designed to work through some of the challenges associated with bridging the gap between ethnography […]

Engagements with Ethnographic Care

On care and self-care as an anthropologist and rape crisis advocate. I came to my work with survivors of sexual violence, initially, out of care. Care about the individuals who endure the physical, psychic, and social wounds of sexual violence and its attendant traumas, and a desire to provide care for individuals who identify as […]

On Not Being Seen

Visibility in the field can be fraught with methodological and ethical dilemmas. “Go ahead inside. I need to get a few things from the trunk,” I told Destiny as I dropped her off outside the recreation center on a cold, March night last year. She understood the subtext: we shouldn’t be seen coming in together. […]

A Nuclear Advocacy Dilemma

Advocacy anthropology does not always mean aligning oneself with an underdog. Since the establishment of our discipline, anthropologists have fretted over the question of whether they should deploy their own privileged knowledge to intervene in debates and disputes among their subjects. Should they dispassionately take notes on female genital mutilation, or should they advocate against […]

Writing and Research in a Conflict Zone

For the activist-scholar research can mean navigating between different audiences, modes, and ethics of representation. When the Kony 2012 video went viral, it sparked numerous conversations about Western activism and Africa. The video focused on the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel group that started in northern Uganda, and the US-led social movement to end […]

Reproductive Travelers

Examining the migratory pathways of a global reproductive industry.   We’ve joined forces with AAA’s latest public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to launch an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. American reproductive travelers I met Valerie at a Czech […]

Disrupting Nativism (Part Two)

We must confront the nativism, xenophobia, and racism that youth in our “diverse classrooms” experience head on.   In “The Anthropology of Citizenship,” students taught me. I was not entirely prepared to teach students at Merced. Although I continue to work to liberate myself from similar forms of oppression, I had to (once again) remind myself […]

Disrupting Nativism (Part One)

We must confront the nativism, xenophobia, and racism that youth in our “diverse classrooms” experience head on. I began writing this article in June 2016. At that time, I was interested in the language of the public sphere that framed the US as a “nation on edge,” a “panicked nation,” and a “jittery nation.” Security […]

Make Democracy Great Again?

South Africa could teach us a thing or two about how to interpret Trump’s nostalgia.   He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past. –George Orwell, 1984 Not too long ago, I sat across an inconsolable teenage girl living in a rural town. I struggled to keep […]