Trump, Immigration, and Children

Disrupted Schooling, Disrupted Lives Since President Trump took office, immigrant arrests are up over 32 percent compared to the same time period last year (Washington Post). While the number of deportations is down slightly (likely due to court backlogs), unlike his predecessor President Obama, who focused on arresting and deporting violent criminals and anyone posing […]

Animating Resistance

Anthropology as Public Pedagogy On January 25, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum pushing forward construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The action sparked a new wave of protests across the nation in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies, who vowed to continue in the struggle to protect their homeland from contamination. […]

Returning to the Anthropology of Secularism and the “Secular”

At the recent party congress of the governing populist right-wing Progress Party in Norway, party delegates adopted resolutions calling for a range of measures targeting religious minorities in Norway. Those adopted called for a national ban on the wearing of the Islamic headscarf—the hijab—for girls under the age of sixteen in public schools; increased state […]

Teaching “Stratified Reproduction” in Practice

Shellee Colen coined the term “stratified reproduction” to describe the process whereby childbearing and childcare tasks are distributed, valued, and experienced unequally. Poor women (especially poor women of color) who become mothers are undervalued or reviled, even as they are relied upon to provide the labor of caring for the children of the rich. They […]

Managing Hope after Affirmative Action

What “Diversity of Thought” Reveals About the Disappearing Corporate Ladder   In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg took the media by storm with the publication of her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Many in the diversity management profession applauded her, despite critiques by intersectional feminist scholars that her purported universal advice offered […]

Clovis in Space, Kennewick for Sale

Archaeologists often find themselves navigating through potentially contentious issues, especially appropriation or commercialization. Recently, the sending of a Clovis point into space and selling replica skulls of The Ancient One, more popularly known as Kennewick Man, have brought these issues to the fore. [pquote]Issues such as a putting a Clovis point in space and selling […]

Michael H. Agar

May 7, 1945–May 20, 2017 Michael H. Agar died on May 20, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Although Agar was the ultimate craftsman with words, it is difficult to put labels on the life he lived. He was a linguistic anthropologist, a cultural anthropologist, almost an South Asianist, a drug expert, a medical anthropologist, […]

William (Bill) Willard

November 29, 1926–January 15, 2016 William (Bill) Willard, professor emeritus at Washington State University, Pullman, passed on January 15, 2016 at age 89. His life’s work examined the effects of federal American Indian relocation programs designed to move American Indians from reservations to cities. In the 1960s, Willard was co-PI on the historic National Institute […]

Nina Swidler

March 25, 1932–January 4, 2017 Nina Swidler died after a brief illness while visiting her family in Los Altos, California from her home in New York City on January 4, 2017. She was 84. Swidler was born in Washington DC. She attended Columbia University, and earned her PhD in 1969, a year after she joined […]

2016 SPA Lifetime Achievement Awardee: Richard Shweder

Byron Good and I have known each other for fifty years. So there was something seamless, intimate, affectionate and even life-affirming about our SPA breakfast conversation in which we interviewed each other about our biographies, intellectual passions and perspectives on the future of psychological anthropology. And there was a noticeable complementarity in our academic careers […]