Kudos to Risa Cromer, Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Winner

Risa Cromer, a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been selected as a recipient of the Charlotte W Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2015. Cromer is a doctoral candidate in anthropology. Her dissertation, Saved: Science, Religion, and the Frozen Embryo Problem in the United States, examines the […]

Introducing the 5th Cohort of Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellows

I’m delighted to introduce this year’s Concha Delgado Gaitan CAE Presidential Fellows and to share with the AAA community a bit about this program. The program was officially started in 2010, under the leadership of Bryan Brayboy and Teresa (Terri) McCarty, as a way to “invest in the future by supporting early career scholars and […]

English or Russian?

Language Ideologies in Multilingual Khorog, Tajikistan While perusing wikileaks for information on English in Khorog, Tajikistan, the administrative centre of Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region, I noticed a cable sent in 2008 from the American Embassy, Dushanbe. It was entitled “Tajikistan — Why American Corners Matter,” and it describes Khorog as an ideal location for a […]

Signs of Life

We often looking for signs or at least following the signs, metaphorically, during the course of ethnographic fieldwork. But, performing an excavation of signage, literally, from our fieldnotes and field images can help us to track the multiple ways in which people are visually, but loudly, communicating with each other.  The dense apparatus of the sign, from font, to […]

Challenges of Mixed-Method Research

Mixed-method research involves inherent challenges that make it at once more gratifying and more difficult than traditional single-method approaches. By “mixed-method,” I am referring to studies that employ a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods. This approach is a hallmark of most biocultural research, and those of us committed to this approach believe that the triangulation of […]

SAW Awards 2014 Eric R Wolf Prize

Bryan Moorefield was awarded the 2014 Eric R Wolf Prize by the Society for the Anthropology of Work for his paper “Exceptional Protections: Contracts, Temporality, and Mexican Guestworkers”. The award was officially announced at the SAW Business Meeting held during the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC. The Eric R Wolf Prize was […]

Considering the Transnational

Students and Activists in New York Address Violence and the Denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian Descent in Dominican Republic On December 5, 2013, over two hundred people packed a room at the CUNY Graduate Center to reflect upon the passage of the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal Ruling 168-13 (TC 168-13), which retroactively revoked the citizenship of […]

Women’s Migration through the Lens of Food Insecurity

“There is never enough money to buy food…I’m constantly stressed. If it’s not one thing, then it’s another.” As the mother of three children who struggled to find even part-time employment, Linda experienced the daily struggle (la lucha diaria) of getting enough food to feed her household. This daily struggle was all too familiar to […]

An Interview with Gavin H Whitelaw

Alyssa Paredes (AP): What experiences led to your interest in studying convenience stores, or konbini, in Japan? Gavin H Whitelaw (GW): The first of the big convenience store chains began expanding in Tohoku when I was a teacher in rural Yamagata. I became a denizen of Sunkus, FamilyMart and Lawson. They gave me a place […]