Ask Me about My Science

Curious public means many opportunities for biological anthropologists willing to speak up I once took a cast of a Neandertal skull with me on a research trip, packing it in my carry-on luggage. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the TSA agents at the small Midwestern airport when that bag went through security. To […]

Reimagining Political Horizons

Anthropologists have long been engaged in resistance and activism. “Social movements have been important spaces for generating anthropological theory,” Leith Mullings insisted in her bold 2013 presidential address, entitled “Anthropology Matters.”  After participating in the 1963 March on Washington, and watching in horror as her fellow civil rights activists were beaten and attacked with dogs […]

Good Intentions and Murky Ethics

How anthropology matters in short-term global health travel. According to Volunteer World, an online international volunteer placement platform, “International voluntary work plays a key role in delivering and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals,” such that “Volunteer World provides the chance to become active and help reach the SDG Goal #03 Good Health And Well-Being.” For […]

Anthropology in Unseen Spaces

Documenting the human costs of the US security-state. This spring, Esperanza, a Salvadoran woman in the small California Central Valley town of Mendota, was on her way to church when the police pulled her over for having “overly tinted windows.” As is becoming more common in this rural town in conservative Fresno County—a county that depends […]

Latinx America and an Anthropology of Dissent

[pquote]Instead of proclaiming and declaring anthropology’s importance, we should step back and ask: What is the matter with anthropology?[/pquote]Our Annual Meeting theme has a problem. “Anthropology Matters!” both asserts the discipline’s relevance and considers anthropology’s subjects of study, but as an anthropologist of color, I question the wisdom in upholding this at face value. If […]