Midwives, Comadronas, and Doctors in Guatemala

The NAPA-OT Field School Guatemala is a highly stratified country scarred by the civil war carried out against the Mayan population from the 1960s through the 1990s and violence is still tangible in Guatemala. Although about half of all births take place in hospitals (most in urban areas), Guatemala has a high rate of Caesarian […]

On Bioculturalism and Tilting at Windmills

During the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting, after an excellent neuroanthropology session organized by Daniel Lende and Greg Downey, I mused about a shift in the field. To a packed room, outstanding speakers presented sophisticated theoretical models backed by ethnographic and biological evidence, and no one felt it necessary to justify or even flag bioculturalism. The presenters were simply […]

Refugees and Police Violence in Calais

An anthropologist reflects on ethical responsibility and everyday violence. Sitting on a bench in a beautiful town-center park in Calais, we speak to a number of Ethiopian refugees who tell us they are worried about further confrontation with the police. I am volunteering with a British NGO as part of my fieldwork, and, accompanied by […]

Chinese Medical Pulse Diagnosis

An analogy for biomarkers in medical anthropology research? Should anthropologists include biological measures in our research? Does it make our work somehow more legitimate or scientific when we do? Does including biology necessarily distract us from talking about complex social, historical, and cultural processes? In considering these questions, I began thinking about pulse diagnosis in […]

David Warwick Brokensha

May 23, 1923–June 15, 2017 David W. Brokensha, professor emeritus of anthropology and environment studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), died peacefully at home in Fish Hoek, South Africa, aged 94. He was an outstanding applied cultural anthropologist, an excellent and much beloved teacher and mentor, and an active correspondent and writer. […]

Lawrence H. Keeley

August 24, 1948–October 11, 2017 Lawrence H. Keeley passed away on October 11, 2017, after several years of poor health. Born in 1948, Keeley grew up in Cupertino, California. He earned a BA from San Jose State College in 1970. After MA work at University of Oregon (1970–72), Keeley moved to University of Oxford (Wadham […]

You Don’t Have to Attend Harvard to Hear Them Speak!

Brookdale Community College has had a long history of attracting guest speakers to its campus. One man in particular, history professor Jack Needles, put Brookdale on the map when it came to inviting well known people to our institution. He was what Jess Le Vine, another history professor who took over this task upon Jack Needle’s retirement, […]

“Free Speech” in Times of Conflict

Lessons from Charlottesville Since the violent events that took place in Charlottesville, VA, this past August, when a white supremacist rally led to the killing of a peaceful counter-protester, there has been a lot of reflection in the media and among legal scholars on the problem of free speech. Does the right to speak still […]

Rescuing Ourselves from the Argument Culture

Although many hoped Trump’s use of social media to wage ad hominem attacks would cease once he took office, now even former Republican supporters, like Senator Bob Corker, conclude that Trump has “proven himself unable to rise to the occasion.” Instead of the presidency changing the man, the man has changed the presidency. “I think […]

Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Programs IV

Other West Coast Schools (Part 2) This is the fourth post in a series highlighting US graduate programs in evolutionary anthropology. This installation continues with other West Coast schools outside of California. All programs were asked to answer the 6 questions below. Here, in no particular order, are abbreviated responses from University of Colorado Boulder, […]