A Home for Professional, Practicing and Applied Anthropology

The AAA has been a scholarly home for anthropology and anthropologists since its founding in 1902. The AAA provides an intellectual home for its scholar constituents and its membership appears stable. However, the membership of the AAA consists primarily of students and anthropologists in the academy with clear career tracks and more or less predictable futures. […]

A Toll of Two Cities

Unless you are a specialist on the Middle East, the chances are you have never heard of Aleppo and Sanaa, two of the oldest cities in the region with continual habitation. Aleppo has existed for at least 7,000 years and Sanaa is known as the legendary city where Shem (Sam in Arabic) settled after the […]

Dance After the Khmer Rouge

It is essential to safeguard cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, against potential aggressors. Intangible heritage “includes traditions or living expressions inherited from our ancestors and passed on to our descendants, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals, festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe or the knowledge and skills […]

The Ethical Elephant in the Room

Class struggle is the name of the game at universities. Picture this. You have a PhD in anthropology and are hired, as an adjunct, to teach an anthropology course on “colonialism, economic crisis, peasant struggles, nationalism, indigenous rights, independence movements, and struggles over development and underdevelopment.” That’s an actual job posting. The salary for the […]

Mortality Among High-School Educated Whites in the US: An Anthropological View

Every once in a while, a piece of research comes along that is considered a “game-changer”.  I had that experience about a year ago when two economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, published an analysis of recent mortality trends in the United States.  If you electronically search “mortality trends” for the US, you will see overall, […]

Collaborative Ethnography in Kensington Market

How one research project takes a collaborative approach to the study of urban transformation. I arrived at the café to meet Tracy, who runs a small family business at the Kensington Market, at 3:30 pm on a cold day in April. I saw her sitting near the window with a plastic bag full of receipts. […]

Fieldwork Then and Now

From Graduate Student to Professor I just returned from two fieldwork trips, one to India for six weeks and the other to Brazil for four weeks. The purpose of the India trip was to scout new sites for my ongoing work on women’s mental health. The second trip was to continue my NSF-funded research project on food […]

Yes, Your Emails to Congress Matter

A Message from the National Humanities Alliance We have all become familiar with urgent requests in our inboxes and social media feeds to write our Members of Congress about an important issue. With a few clicks, these “action alerts” promise, we can influence our Senators and Representatives. Once we enter our zip code, we see […]

Food for Thought

Tracing Gender and Sensuality in Middle Eastern Cuisine Regardless of whether you have a sweet-tooth or not, it never hurts to splurge on sweets especially if you are travelling in the Middle East and North Africa region. With its history-laden, one-of-a-kind food culture, the region is a trendsetter in healthy and nutritious eating practices in […]

The Trump at the End of the World

This past summer, I received the sort of proposal that is the joy of our profession: an invitation to hold the Evan Williams Fellowship at the University of Otago in New Zealand. It is a short-term but prestigious position that requires delivering a public lecture for the community. When I accepted, I had a general […]