Anthropologists of the Second “Gilded Age”

If you happen to have paid attention to financial news in international newspapers in recent weeks, you may have noticed that the world is in the midst of a new “Gilded Age”—not since the turn of the 20th century and the age of the Carnegies, the Rockefellers, and the Vanderbilts has global wealth been so […]

Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Programs III

Midwest and Southern Schools This is the third in a series highlighting US graduate programs in evolutionary anthropology. This installation continues with schools in the Midwest and the South. All programs were asked to answer the 6 questions below. Here, in no particular order, are abbreviated responses from the University of Missouri, the University of […]

Transformistas Masculinos

Transforming Masculinity in Cuba Cuba’s relationship with LGBT communities has historically been rocky, but in the last ten years, things have been on the turn. In large part, this is because of CENESEX, the sexual health and education organization run by Mariela Castro, President Raul’s daughter. She has strongly promoted LGBT rights in Cuba, including […]

What’s in a Kiss?

On a late October day in 2016, police detained 17 journalists in a raid on the Istanbul offices of Turkey’s oldest newspaper, Cumhuriyet, as part of the post-July 15 coup attempt purge. It took eight months for the Cumhuriyet trial to begin, with the first verdicts given in late July. While some journalists were released, others […]

Beyond the Criminal Discourse in Title IX Procedures

On September 22, 2017, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rolled back the Title IX guidelines implemented under the Obama presidency. The shocking implications of this are too numerous for this short article, however, I want bring to the fore one key concern: changes to what constitutes as the standard of proof for a violation in […]

Launching the Cultural Evolutionary Society

The Inaugural Meeting of the Cultural Evolution Society was held in Jena, Germany, September 13–15, 2017. It brought together 250 scholars, with another 50 turned away for space limitations, and was hosted by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) with support from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA). […]

Not Just Another Gangnam Style

Framing politics and internet celebrity in East Asia Editors’ Note: This article is part of the series Digital Anthropologies in East Asia. In August 2016, a minute-long video of a middle-aged man flamboyantly singing and dancing to an upbeat number known as “PPAP” or “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen” went viral globally on YouTube. Singing in Japanese-accented […]

On the Mentor-Mentee Relationship as Critical Anthropological Praxis

Notes from The Field, a series by the Culture & Agriculture section of AAA. As the Culture & Agriculture (C&A) section continues to evolve dynamically as an organization within the AAA, we are incredibly privileged as applied anthropologists, educators, and agents of change to be able to help steward future generations as they grow as […]

The National Anthropological Archives . . . and You

According to the late William Moss, former director of the Smithsonian Institution (SI) Archives, the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives (NAA) is “document for document the richest archival research resource in the Institution,” and that in comparison to other SI archival repositories the NAA “probably supports more significant research than any of the others” (NAA correspondence […]


An ethnographic study of senior housing in Springfield, Missouri Editor’s Note: This is the eighth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. What started as a semester-long project inspired by a regional non-profit ended with three college seniors exploring what it meant to […]