Are Students Customers?

The capstone of the winter of our discontent as members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community has been the hiring of political hack Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education under George W. Bush, as president of the UNC system. What had been among the best of the public universities in a nation full of great ones and, […]

Knowledge from an Object

Considering the material culture aspect of art conservation, this column is a continuation from my April 2015 column, Preserving Visual Culture and my tour of the U of Delaware Art Conservation Department at the Winterthur Museum’s Crowninshield Research Building. An architectural relief belonging to the U of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) […]

Suffering and Smiling

Youth and Precarity in Urban Africa Today Uncertainty is a basic condition of human existence, often necessitating interdependency and the constant drive towards stability. Our everyday life is precarious and we constantly seek certainty, and this is especially so for young people who are constructed as incomplete or temporary and in a transition towards complete […]

CWA and AAA Presence at the Latin American Anthropological Association in Mexico City

From October 7-10, 2015, several past and present members of the Committee on World Anthropologies (CWA) participated in the Fourth Congress of the Latin American Anthropology Association (Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología, ALA) in Mexico City, on the theme “Latin American anthropologies facing a world in transition.”  In addition to four days of sessions, there were […]

Family Diversity

We Talk the Talk, but Do We Walk the Walk? As academic anthropologists, my colleagues and I talk diversity all the time, but it generally refers to heritage, socioeconomic status, or gender. Jo Weaver and I have convened a session at the upcoming AAA conference about “Problems and Priorities in Biocultural Research,” but our session is as […]

Anthropologists’ Research Contributions Recognized at National US Department of Veteran Affairs Meeting

National scientific meetings are a standard part of professional, academic life. They provide an opportunity to learn about the latest research, reconnect with old colleagues, and meet other like-minded professionals. For anthropologists working in the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the national scientific meeting of the VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) […]

Talking about Race with “White Person Bias”

Fieldwork. We all do it, yet it seems to be something that’s particularly hard to teach and talk about, especially when so much of the success of fieldwork in any anthropological sub-discipline hinges on a researcher’s ability to form genuine social relationships. I’ve heard people say, “You just can’t teach that” about this keystone of success. Well, […]

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 […]

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 […]