The Power of the NFL Draft

  The NFL Draft, which is being held in Philadelphia this year, is a dream come true for a few lucky young football players. Each lucky player makes a transformational rite of passage from youth to adulthood, gets his first job, and ultimately signs a lucrative employment contract. The Draft showcases their personal rite as […]

Notes on the Political Divide

Disentangling Antiracism from Capitalism Was it racism or class that gave Trump the election? Much has been written about this topic, including articles that deconstruct the white working-class, analyze the opportunism in whiteness, and claim racism was to blame. Yet, our attempts to understand the rise of Trumpism have not assuaged our fears of institutionalized and […]

The Unwelcomed Guest

Early in April the faculty at Indiana University had a heated email discussion about Charles Murray’s visit to our campus. The co-author of the notorious The Bell Curve, he was recently the subject of a demonstration at Middlebury College. He was not coming to IU to discuss his earlier book on human population genetics, but […]

Populating the Pacific Northwest

 On the Discovery of a 14,000 year old settlement on the west coast of Canada. Mainstream media were quick to pick up on a report of a 14,000 year old archaeological site on the west coast of Canada, and rightly so. Besides being among the oldest sites in the region, it provides support of the […]

Misconceptions about Health Disparities in the US

Health disparities along racial/ethnic lines continue to be a major problem in the US, both in terms of health outcomes and use of health services. Medical anthropologists have pointed out that the most likely reasons for such disparity originate from socio-cultural factors (Dressler, Oths, and Gravlee 2005). Suppositions persist that these inequalities are driven primarily […]

Turkey Votes

The Turkish referendum could extend President Erdoğan’s one-man rule. A piece of bicolored paper. On the left is printed EVET (YES), in black font over a white background, and on the right, HAYIR (NO), in black font over a light brown background. A regular A8 sheet of paper such as this ballot I am holding […]

Dream Factories in the Time of War

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, the Arab world held elections—anyone who had access to a cell phone and wanted to pay the extra fee to send an SMS could vote.  Arab Idol is one of the most watched programs for Arabic speakers around the world and anyone can vote. Over 100 million viewers watched the […]

A Response to “Theology and Anthropology”

In response to: “Theology and Anthropology” from the Anthropology News website, May 3, 2016. To the Editor: In May 2016, Daniel Varisco, who had seen an advertisement for our program, the MA in theological and cultural anthropology at Eastern University (in the Philadelphia area), wrote an opinion column for Anthropology News critiquing the program and […]

Playing Telephone with the Power of the Presidency

The Intertextual Authentication of Untruths Ordinarily, groundless conspiratorial accusations forwarded by political pundits do not receive serious recognition from the US Congress, let alone promises from the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee to investigate those accusations. However, President Trump’s recently tweeted claim that “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” is a reminder […]

Six Ways Anthropologists Can Challenge White Supremacy

Recently, white supremacists attempted to defame Boasian Anthropology and its historic role in challenging scientific racism. This article proposes some concrete steps by which to challenge whiteness as a category of power and status, and is a follow-up to last month’s Diversity and the Rise of the Alt-Right. While this list is short, do not […]