AFA Introduces Recent PhD Graduates

The Association of Feminist Anthropology is pleased to introduce recent PhD graduate members Elyse Singer, Rachel Fleming, Risa Cromer, Shunyuan Zhang, and Veronica Miranda, whose doctoral work contributes to the work of feminist anthropology. Elyse Singer Washington University in St. Louis Regulating Reproduction: Abortion Reform and Reproductive Governance in Mexico Situated in the aftermath of Mexico City’s […]

Transforming Transgender Medicine in the US Prompts Questions of its Aims

Over the last decade, access to competent medical care has been among the primary demands of those seeking to improve the lives of transgender Americans. Multiple studies have demonstrated what many trans- people know from experience: trans- folks are more likely than others to be denied primary and emergency care because of their gender non-conformity; […]

Deconstructing the Millennial Classroom

While I was in the field in the Fall of 2015, Deloitte University Press, a source of authority in business management, released a report titled, “The Radical Transformation of Diversity and Inclusion: The Millennial Influence.” Management consultants and human resource professionals in workshops and conferences cited this and other similar reports at length: Millennials only […]

Warning – Your Internet Is Not Secure

Anthropologists in the field or at the desk usually take great care to protect the privacy of their sources and have done so even before the Institutional Review Board process developed. But with more and more communications and scholarly exchanges, as well as publications, in digital form, there comes added risk to self and the […]

Doing Fieldwork among People We Don’t (Necessarily) Like

Last year’s Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association (AAA) took place in a cold and wintry Minneapolis, less a week after the global shock that was the election of Donald Trump as president of the US. It was only natural and that talk in the corridors and in quite a few panels and roundtables should […]

Tackling the Elephant in the Room

A Guide to Teaching Race after Charlottesville The “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville embodied the ongoing racist ideologies that have permeated the United States since its inception. As a biological anthropologist, I was simultaneously horrified and unsurprised by the events that unfolded. I reflected on what I, as an anthropologist, could do about it—now. […]


Like many mothers, mine often told me to finish the food on my plate “because children are starving in India.” I could never figure out how throwing out my soggy broccoli could take away food from the starving; but I did absorb the moral lesson that waste is a terrible thing. This anthropologist has some […]

Ramadan TV

Every year during the month of Ramadan, dozens of new and exciting Arab TV serials are shown on the numerous satellite stations in the Arab speaking world.  They showcase the best and most innovative of Arab TV and bring back to the small screen favorite Arab actors. There were over twenty new series this year […]

Services Rich and Systems Poor in Springfield, MO

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. In my research, I looked at the issue of Springfield, Missouri being “services rich, systems poor.” I focused specifically on an internal analysis of an umbrella organization in Springfield, the […]

Book Conversation with Mike McGovern

An Interview Regarding “A Socialist Peace?” Larisa Kurtovic interviews Mike McGovern about his new book, A Socialist Peace? Explaining the Absence of War in an African Country (2017, University of Chicago Press). To start, please tell us a little bit about this book, its central arguments, and the impetus for writing it. The book starts […]