Educational Anthropology as a Resource for Teacher Educators

My work as a second-grade teacher was strongly influenced by the sociocultural and anthropological perspectives embedded in my teacher preparation. While traditional approaches to education center a teacher’s intentions and goals for the classroom, I strove to see my students from their perspective.

Academic Games

In 1947, the British writer Stephen Potter published a slim volume called The Theory and Practice of Gamesmanship: Or the Art of Winning Games Without Actually Cheating, ushering the term gamesmanship into the English language. In later books, Potter extended his theories and recommendations beyond the formal world of sports to include every aspect of human life.

A Repository for the Common Good

Rates of academic and professional publishing continue to climb—each year some 1.3 million articles are published in scholarly titles. Yet despite that massive output, we know that the products of anthropological knowledge include more than what’s captured in peer-reviewed journals.

Podcasting the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The day was hot. The lively sounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival surrounded us—speakers presenting on stage, a parade of Catalonian giant puppets, passersby chatting about what to eat for lunch, and music from an Armenian avant-garde jazz band off in the distance.

Palmyra Jackson

Palmyra Jackson first joined the AAA in July 2017 as a summer intern after completing her BA in both cultural anthropology and humanities for teaching at Seattle University.

Nate Wambold

Nate Wambold joined the AAA staff in June 2018 as the director of meetings and conferences. He brings the AAA a wealth of experience gained over 10 years in managing meetings in the association world and the hotel industry. Nate has a BA in psychology from American University.

Language on the Move

We live our lives through language, and it’s often assumed to be a direct index of who we are. But identity is more complicated than that. As we move and adapt to new contexts, which languages we speak, and with whom, changes.

2018 Leadership Fellows

Meet the 2018 AAA Leadership Fellows: Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Carla Pezzia, Matthew Reilly.

Non-Modern Humans Were More Complex—and Artistic—Than We Thought

A recent exhibit at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, asked visitors to view stone tools not as artifacts but as works of art. The curators—artist Tony Berlant and anthropologist Thomas Wynn—displayed hand axes without context, which encouraged patrons to see the lithics as aesthetic objects rather than tools.

Where Do We Come From?

The origin of modern humans is one of the most popular and hotly debated topics in the history of human evolution research. Researchers have produced a thick literature, both scholarly and public.