What Can We Do for DREAMers?

APLA Contributing Editor Lucy Carrillo Arciniega interviewed anthropologist Caitlin Fouratt, Assistant Professor of International Studies at the California State University Long Beach about her experiences in advocating for DREAMERS on campus.

Below is a short version of the interview redacted for word count.

A Theory of Propaganda for the Social Media Age

Intertextuality and the propagation of disinformation Propaganda typically refers to manipulative techniques and misleading messages used to gain public acquiescence for a political cause, especially during times of war. Over the past century, George Orwell, Harold Lasswell, Jacques Ellul, and Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, among others, have written or theorized about propaganda. But […]

AFA Prize Competitions

The Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA) is pleased to announce the following award and prize competitions, for everyone from undergraduate students to senior scholars. The association is especially thrilled to announce the inaugural competition for the section’s new Senior Book Prize. Application deadlines for the majority of this year’s prizes and awards are coming soon. […]

Not As-Seen-On-TV Forensic Anthropology

The smell of jet fuel was overwhelming, the air was frigid, and my adrenalin was pumping, making it difficult to breathe. Continental Flight 3407 had crashed less than 48 hours beforehand in a suburb of Buffalo, and I, along with a few other graduate students from the University at Buffalo, volunteered to help the Medical […]

Rich Points and Deep Hanging Out

As Ruth Behar wrote, there is a kind of anthropology that “breaks our hearts” (Behar 1996). There is also the question of what to do with the remaining pieces. In sharing some auto-ethnographic reflections about the heart breakings and “rich points” (methodological challenges and unexpected gifts) of native anthropology projects, I hope these insights help other ethnographers to continue refining our critical ethnography tools, questioning and reflecting about the kinds of academic knowledge we wish to produce, and challenging us to consider the implications of research as labor and research as part of our wider life projects.

Martín and the Immigration Forms

A friend of mine from Peru—we’ll call him Martín—recently applied for a visa to attend graduate school in the United States. Moving to the US involved filling out lots of forms, and this presented a dilemma: When I had to mark a category for race, I couldn’t find the word “mestizo,” which is the option […]

2017 Ted Bestor Prize

The Society for East Asian Anthropology awards the 2017 Ted Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper to Gil Hizi for his paper “Marketized ‘Educational Desire’: Shifting and Reproduced Meanings of High-Education in Contemporary China.” Hizi is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of Sydney, Australia. The 2017 Ted Bestor Prize also had two […]

#Adulting and the Disordered State of American Adulthood

[pquote]It is a word apt for the state of social adulthood in the US, where a long-eroding set of markers from the twentieth century are collapsing into a disordered adulthood, fertile with possibility and risk.[/pquote]In 2016, the Oxford Dictionary shortlisted the noun-turned-verb-turned-gerund “adulting” for its Word of the Year designation. Oxford defined adulting as “the practice […]

Philip R. DeVita

Philip R. DeVita, professor emeritus, the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, died on November 17, 2017, in Plattsburgh, NY.

Lloyd Miller

Born in Duluth, MN, on December 17, 1938, Lloyd Miller was a kind soul, a thoughtful academic, and an accomplished individual.