Two Views on Anthropologists and Boycotts

Note from the editor: Anthropology News shares here two essays that discuss the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction movement (BDS) as it relates to current discussions among anthropologists. As a reminder, all essays appearing in AN reflect the views of the authors; their publication does not signify endorsement by AN or the AAA. Authors are expected to verify all factual […]

Anthropologists and the Moynihan Report

Family Structure, Race and Poverty Ours is a society which presumes male leadership in private and public affairs. The arrangements of society facilitate such leadership and reward it. A sub-culture, such as that of the Negro American, in which this is not the pattern, is placed at a distinct disadvantage. —DP Moynihan, The Negro Family: […]

Bridging the Divide Between Ethnic Studies and Anthropology

When I was hired as assistant professor and program head at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in August 2014, I encountered a beleaguered, yet not quite defunct Mexican American Studies program. There were only two classes active in the course catalogue and two students majoring in the subject. I was told that the […]

A Preview of Middle East Section Programming at the 2015 Annual Meeting

As usual, the Middle East Section board received many interesting and diverse submissions for this year’s annual meeting. In particular, the MES is proud to be able to present two invited sessions that address issues of critical concern to our discipline and to anthropological studies of the Middle East in particular. The first of these […]

Archaeology at the AAA Annual Meeting in Denver

This summer the AAA announced that Alex Barker, archaeologist and museum curator, would be its next President-Elect/President. Historically, several archaeologists have held the position of AAA President, but in the moment it’s also a good reminder of just how many archaeologists volunteer their time in service for the AAA. Committees, sections, task forces, and interest groups […]

Beyond the Audit

Anthropologists Finding Careers at the Government Accountability Office   In recent years, several colleagues and I from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) have had the opportunity to participate in the NAPA-sponsored career expo held at the AAA Annual meeting. The event staffed by practicing anthropologists from federal agencies, non-profit and private sector organizations sharing career […]

A New Year in Feminist Anthropology

This has been a quietly productive year for AFA. We inaugurated our new book prize, named in honor of feminist anthropologist Michelle Z Rosaldo. This will be a prize for a first book in feminist anthropology. Twelve books were submitted for the prize and the winner will be announced at the annual meeting in Denver. […]

Indian Mascots: Naturalized Racism and Anthropology

The month of September ushers in another season of professional football. Native Americans across the country will have to endure yet another year of public humiliation. The professional football team from Washington DC continues to use their racist moniker with impunity. How is it, in the Nation’s capital, such a public display of racist language […]

Steward the Past and Avoid Harm

The ethical guidelines of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) call archaeologists to stewardship, and exhort us to serve as “both caretakers of and advocates for the archaeological record for the benefit of all people.” To act for the benefit of “all people” is, however, easier said than done and our efforts to steward the […]

When a Black Church Burns (But Not to the Ground)

Views of Religion and Racism from Knoxville, Tennessee Hope is in the hands we grasp, the prayers we whisper, the amen, the amen, the amen. –from “The Unseen Things” by Kwame Dawes On June 22, 2015, College Hill Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a predominately African American church in Knoxville, Tennessee, was burned. Classified as an act […]