Populism and the Conundrums of Democracy in Italy

As we approach the General Elections in Italy, the possibility that either of the two populist parties will take part in the government haunts the Italian—and indeed the European—political establishment, both of which frame the election in the bogus terms of populists threatening to supplant liberal values.

SUNTA 2017 Recap and Plans for 2018

It was a pleasure to see so many SUNTA members at our business meeting in DC, where we recognized SUNTA members’ research, and discussed initiatives in 2017 that will continue in 2018. Board transitions We welcomed five new members to the board: First-Year Councilor, Sylvia Nam (University of California, Irvine); Secretary, Faedah M.Totah (Virginia Commonwealth […]

Is Political Anthropology Dead?

In 2007, Jonathan Spencer announced the “death of political anthropology.” I do not think political anthropology died, but it does need renewing.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Part II

  Bernard Perley © 2017 Bernard Perley is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches courses in linguistic anthropology and American Indian studies. He collaborates with colleagues and American Indian community members on language maintenance and revitalization projects in and around the city of Milwaukee as well as the […]

Ethics and Auld Lang Syne

The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of years past in an effort to better guide the present. This year, NAPA members have particularly good occasion to reflect on our Ethical Guidelines for Practitioners. The guidelines, which were designed to acknowledge common ethical practice for all anthropologists […]

Jeffrey Jay Schultz

September 25, 1949–January 11, 2018 Jeffrey Jay Shultz died peacefully on Thursday, January 11, 2018 in San Diego, CA. He will be remembered by his many friends and colleagues as a person who was incredibly kind and generous, who devoted much of his time to mentoring young scholars and creating inventive new programs for undergraduates, […]

Rebecca J. Tolen

January 14, 1959–August 28, 2017 Anthropology lost one of its finest editorial visionaries with the untimely passing of Rebecca J. Tolen on August 28, 2017. For most of her career, Tolen served as sponsoring editor for Indiana University Press, where she worked for 17 years. She opened her own editorial business, Textworks Editorial services, in […]

Mattison Mines

January 18, 1941–February 25, 2016 I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and teacher, Mattison Mines on February 25, 2016.  More than anyone else I knew at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the late 1980s, Mines understood the impermanence of life, about which we talked often, usually when […]

Paradoxes of Eventfulness in Trump’s First Year

Trump’s first year was, if nothing else, eventful. It was so eventful that, in the onslaught of broken norms and sabotaged institutions, it is impossible to give each violation its due recognition.