Care Comes Home

I have spent most of the past year thinking about and engaging with anthropological literature on care and caregiving. This interest has been spurned by my ethnographic engagement with women at-risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. I have been considering how these women’s decision to undergo risk-reducing surgery, that is pre-emptively removing ostensibly healthy […]

From First Inkling to First Day: Finding My Way Into a Federal Career

When I started my PhD program, I did not intend to work in the federal government, or even to do applied research.  Yet after fieldwork and the birth of my daughter, my thinking about my career changed.  I realized that I preferred working as part of a team, wanted to share whatever I learned with a […]

Saying “No!”: Negation as Future-Making

On December 6, 2015, Armenians voted on a constitutional referendum proposed by the ruling Republican Party to shift the political system from a presidential to a parliamentary one. Those opposed to the measure argued that the referendum was a strategy to keep current President Serj (‘Serjik’) Sargsyan in power after his two-term presidency runs out […]

Archaeology and NASA

Archaeology and NASA (National Aeronautical and Space Administration), in my view, has a complicated relationship. In many ways NASA supports archaeology, yet it places barriers against archaeologists’ entry into the inner sanctum of the astronaut world. One way NASA supports archaeology is by allowing archaeologists to work with images taken from NASA satellites. There has […]

AnthroCyberism and the AnthroCyberist

It should be considered that the human condition, culturally and developmentally, can be measured by advances in computer technology. Inequalities are created, exaggerated and/or corrected rapidly, as the symbolic and objective worlds are manipulated by advanced machines. The power relationships between nations and populations are maintained or altered through the use of computers and the […]

Fear in the Bathroom

I once taught a course titled, “Fear in the Making of the Americas” that focused on how fear has worked throughout history to shape identity. Fear of women possessed by the devil or disgraced because of perceived transgressions, fear of migrants, and fears of disease all fueled nation-building throughout the Americas. Today, fear continues to […]

Unaccompanied Child Migrants: An Overview

During 2014, over sixty thousand unaccompanied children from Central America and Mexico were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as they traveled across the southwest border of the United States.  While the number of unaccompanied children making the journey north without an adult caretaker has been steadily increasing since 2011, the summer of 2014 […]

The Anthropology of Engagement

In discussing the 2015 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), we both agreed that its theme, “Familiar/Strange,” felt particularly apt for us. Our individual career trajectories have led us to work primarily in health services research for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Returning to the AAA meeting felt like coming back to […]

The Contingent Faculty Market Is Against the AAA Statement on Ethics, Part 2

This column, the second of two parts, explores how the use of contingent faculty (adjuncts, part-time teachers, and others of precarious professional standing) violates specific principles of the the AAA statement on Ethics. Principle #1: Do No Harm (You Can’t Hurt the Anthropologist and Not Hurt the Field Communities) In anthropology, interconnectedness is not just […]