“We Can’t Be What We Can’t See”

The students were excited. I’m sure their delight may have started with the prospect of getting out of class for a while, but as I stood in front of them with hands full of artifacts, skulls, and tools, I realized that this was beyond some time outside away from incessant test prep and standard text […]

Multiplying Moscow

Provisioning and Connectivity on the Roof of the World On a cold winter morning in 2010 I travelled with the driver Mital and a group of other passengers from the town of Murghab in Tajikistan to Osh in Southern Kyrgyzstan. While the journey usually takes a day, snowfall, a damaged car or border closure can […]

Anthropology Awareness

February 19th is National Anthropology Day and to celebrate this diverse field and its creative social thinkers, I want to share the importance and impact of the field with my fellow students, anthropologists, and the curious. Anthropology, simply put, is the study of humankind and human life. Under the umbrella of anthropology there are sub-fields or […]

The Ethnography Experiment in the National Park Service

Thirty-five years ago the National Park Service (NPS) embarked on a bold experiment by creating a formal Ethnography Program to serve as a complement and counterpart to the agency’s well-established Archeology Program. The fledgling program’s mission was to bring people with cultural and historical connections to parks into the management decision-making matrix for federally protected […]

Decriminalizing Children in Florida and Beyond: An Introduction

Introduction and Purpose Making structural violence visible—showing how to trace its effects back to their causes—is a prerequisite for mobilizing people to dismantle it. Humanizing people who are harmed by structural violence strengthens our ability and willingness to empathize with them—an innate capacity that can be quickly impaired by exposure to dehumanizing images and negative […]

Why I don’t dig “Dig”

If you watched the Super Bowl, you may have noticed one for an upcoming dramatic series on the USA channel.  It is called “Dig,” with about as much positive publicity for archaeology as the Indiana Jones series.  The plot is typical Hollywood explosions-murder-mystery-sex, with a little bit of The Exorcist and a lot of the […]

Queer Language Matters

The 22nd Conference on Lavender Languages and Linguistics to be Held Feb 13–15 For many lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and queer (LGBTQ) activists, visibility stands as a central measure of equal rights campaigns. Seeing queer characters on primetime TV is undeniably exciting. Yet it is also concerning, because the most popular shows (Modern Family, Glee, […]

Communicating Identity

Representing identity through media tends to facilitate numerous investigatory methods in both disciples of art and anthropology. The approaches from the two disciplines offer insight to the various usages of visual methods. For my brief inquiry, I have chosen two woman artists using media that ranges from analog to the Internet to depict the details […]

Anthropology and Social Innovation

What We Have to Contribute Why should anthropology care about social innovation and entrepreneurship? As anthropologists, I think we have a lot to contribute to this growing field, especially from the human design perspective. I have been teaching social entrepreneurship at a large research-oriented state university—in a program that has received an Ashoka Changemaker award—for […]


2014 was an interesting year for the concept of culture. Merriam-Webster declared ‘culture’ the most important word of the year, in that more people looked up its definition online than any other. Then, on the website the Edge the question was posed: “What scientific idea should be retired?” No less luminaries than Pascal Boyer and John Tooby […]