SEA Launches a New Graduate Student Collective!

At their annual meeting in Iowa this April, the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) will launch a new graduate student collective, SEA GRADS. This online collaborative platform will enable graduate students with an interest in economic anthropology to discuss ideas, establish research collaborations, network with peers and others, learn about grant and job opportunities, and […]

The Docile Ethnographer?

On Self-Censure and Fieldwork “Looking forward to reading more in this series. Would have liked to retweet it, but I’m not touching anything critical until I’m done with fieldwork and out of the country. Some informants follow me on twitter. So, yeah…” This was one of the several messages I received following the publication of […]

A New Method for NCAA “Madness”

  The upcoming men’s college basketball tournament, which is run by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, is all about the upsets: “underdog” colleges taking down perennial powerhouses. These upsets are so routine that the event has earned the moniker “March Madness”. The Madness, which brings countless hours of missed work and widespread Tournament […]

SUNTA Prize Announcements

Anthony Leeds Prize; Senior Scholar/Lifetime Award SUNTA would like to announce the deadlines for two prizes: The 2017 Anthony Leeds Prize in Urban Anthropology (Deadline: May 19, 2017) The Leeds Prize is awarded each year by the Society for Urban/National/Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA) for the outstanding book in urban, national and/or transnational anthropology published in 2016. The […]

Dawn Nafus

Dawn Nafus is an anthropologist and senior research scientist at Intel Labs. She is currently working on a project called DataSense—a data analysis tool to help non-technical people visually interact with their personal data. She continues to maintain an academic profile, recently publishing an edited volume Quantified (2016), which brings together a community of scholars […]

Researching Ourselves, Together

Once every month or two, I get an email notifying me that someone has downloaded the survey data from the Comparative Data Project, and whenever this happens, I always wonder what they’re using it for. The data set consists of survey responses from 117 anthropology departments, collected in 2013 and including information about each department’s […]

On Freedom, Academic and Otherwise

Though he doesn’t call himself a linguist or etymologist, legal scholar Steven T. Newcomb, co-founder of the Indigenous Law Institute and author of Pagans in the Promised Land (2008), takes apart certain English language words, uncovering their roots and showing them to contain deeply seated logics. His main concern is the historical denial of a […]

New AAA Staff

Alexandra Frankel hails from the upper Midwest where she studied cultural anthropology at Macalester College and worked in the non-profit sector as a grant writer and program coordinator. She continued her study of cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a Master’s student after a brief stint in Turkey as a Fulbright English Teaching […]