Apply for the Harold K. Schneider Student Prize

DEADLINE: June 1, 2017 The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition is a student paper competition established by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) to honor its first president and to encourage new scholars in the field of economic anthropology. Harold Schneider, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, was known for both his path breaking research […]

Populating the Pacific Northwest

 On the Discovery of a 14,000 year old settlement on the west coast of Canada. Mainstream media were quick to pick up on a report of a 14,000 year old archaeological site on the west coast of Canada, and rightly so. Besides being among the oldest sites in the region, it provides support of the […]

Misconceptions about Health Disparities in the US

Health disparities along racial/ethnic lines continue to be a major problem in the US, both in terms of health outcomes and use of health services. Medical anthropologists have pointed out that the most likely reasons for such disparity originate from socio-cultural factors (Dressler, Oths, and Gravlee 2005). Suppositions persist that these inequalities are driven primarily […]

Turkey Votes

The Turkish referendum could extend President Erdoğan’s one-man rule. A piece of bicolored paper. On the left is printed EVET (YES), in black font over a white background, and on the right, HAYIR (NO), in black font over a light brown background. A regular A8 sheet of paper such as this ballot I am holding […]

“Gay for Pay” in an Economy of Harms

Reflections from an LGBTI rights NGO in Malawi On a chilly July morning, three young people mill about the lobby of Malawi’s LGBTI rights NGO, Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP), located in the capital, Lilongwe. They wait to drop off forms documenting the number of men who have sex with men (MSM) that […]

Is an Academic Calendar Change a Good Idea?

Recently our college’s Vice President for Learning presented the Deans and Department Chairs with an idea he has for improving student retention. He wants us to move from a more traditional academic calendar of two 15-week semesters that run during the spring and fall to two-7.5 week terms in each of the current 15-week semesters. […]

Dream Factories in the Time of War

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, the Arab world held elections—anyone who had access to a cell phone and wanted to pay the extra fee to send an SMS could vote.  Arab Idol is one of the most watched programs for Arabic speakers around the world and anyone can vote. Over 100 million viewers watched the […]

Charles Goodwin’s Reflection upon Retirement

SLA Interview with Charles Goodwin What article or book that you wrote are you most pleased with?  Could you talk about the story behind writing it? While “Professional Vision” is perhaps the article that anthropologists know best, what pleases me most in my career is my work on the social life of aphasia. With that, […]

Cities as Migrant Emplacement

São Paulo rappers are remaking the cultural space of the city. We’ve joined forces with AAA’s public education initiative “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” to run an ongoing series of articles on migration and displacement. Click here for all World on the Move articles. Current events continue to remind us that migration is a […]

A Response to “Theology and Anthropology”

In response to: “Theology and Anthropology” from the Anthropology News website, May 3, 2016. To the Editor: In May 2016, Daniel Varisco, who had seen an advertisement for our program, the MA in theological and cultural anthropology at Eastern University (in the Philadelphia area), wrote an opinion column for Anthropology News critiquing the program and […]