Advancing Equity in Higher Education

We must address issues of access and success for our students.   It is a summer afternoon and I am sitting in my office with one of my students, Caroline. She shares a similar story with many other learners—she came to higher education in her mid-twenties, cares for other kin in her household and is not […]

The Gap that Won’t Be Filled

An Anthropolitical Critique of the “Language Gap” Is language responsible for poverty? If poor and minority parents spoke like rich white parents, would they too become rich and successful? That’s the impression one gets from the now-familiar discourse about the language gap (or word gap, or 30 million-word gap) between children (of color) on welfare […]

2015 Rappaport Finalist Interview: Davide Orsini

Melissa Checker (Urban Studies Department, Queens College): What brought you to your research subject? Can you share a bit about your research methods and timeline? Davide Orsini (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Mississippi State U): I decided to start from the Archipelago of La Maddalena, where in 1972 the U.S. Navy installed a base for […]

Campus Policing

A New Arena of Ethnographic Inquiry   What does an anthropological engagement with policing look like? What can ethnography contribute to urgent practical issues in contemporary policing?  These questions were among those explored by students in a recent class on The Anthropology of Policing at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (ULUC). Offered as part of […]

SPA/Robert Lemelson Foundation Fellow Feature

The pre-dissertation research that I conducted in summer 2015, through the generous support of the SPA/ Robert Lemelson Foundation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, analyzed the interconnection between stigmatized social categories and treatment models for drug rehabilitation centers in the USA-México border zone. I focused on understanding the interplay between social norms and the techniques for time-space management […]

Long-Distance Ethnography

A tool for collaboration between anthropologists and NGOs Since 1985, the Organization of Indigenous Doctors of Chiapas (OMIECH) has been supporting and promoting the work of traditional midwives in indigenous communities in the Highlands of Chiapas. Collaborating with non-governmental organizations, anthropologists and medical doctors in Chiapas as well as abroad, OMIECH has built an international and […]

Will Guided Pathways Knock Anthropology Out?

The college experience for many students today is fraught with an overabundance of choices and a financial burden practically unheard of twenty years ago. Community colleges have suffered significantly from certain aspects of these trends. They have relied for far too long on a paradigm that suggests community colleges should be all things to all people. That extremely broad mission […]

Between Tradition and Modernity

Politics and Policy in Cameroon The government of Cameroon introduced changes to the county’s constitution in the 1990s. These changes heralded a major overhaul of the system of governance in the direction of decentralization and community participation in local policy development, according local municipalities powers to make decisions on a significant number of areas. This […]

Decolonization Matters

“Decolonization” has returned to the anthropological lexicon of the present. It is not anthropologists, however, but predominantly black student activists at the University of Missouri-Columbia, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Yale University, University of Cape Town, Oxford University and countless other institutions that resuscitated calls for the decolonization of the university. Stirred by the political […]

Working on Progress

Unauthorized Recyclers Keep Out Discussions on the fate of discarded electrical and electronic devices (DEEDs, or “e-waste”) and the configuration of the recycling sector in the Global South are riddled with the adjectives “formal” and “informal.” Scientists, engineers, corporate representatives, government officials, environmental activists and journalists make this distinction to categorize economic actors, often in ways […]