Our Laboratory of Anthropolocura

New Mexico is a space-time vortex where ancestral Puebloan ceremonial centers reside in the shadow of Los Alamos National Laboratories. Adobe dwellings and pastoral landscapes form the backdrop for sci-fi fantasies, alien crash landings, and a bankrupt spaceport in the desert. This place of speculation and time-traveling contradictions is a perfect location from which to consider the trappings of modernity and anthropological futurity.

Transgender Latina Activism in the Current Political Moment

The current political administration poses numerous threats to various minoritized communities in the United States. Anti-Latinx and transphobic sentiments and policy actions are on the rise. Given this state of affairs, one might assume that life is markedly more difficult for transgender Latinxs in the Trump era.

Navigating Health Care Dilemmas in Chicago

The Affordable Care Act is under threat of repeal, and while lawmakers argue over what will replace it if anything, the healthcare policy landscape has already shifted. Entire sectors of the US population—undocumented immigrants and the working poor—were excluded or had limited access to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace to begin with, and they continue to struggle to afford primary health care services and to find treatment for chronic illnesses.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Part II

  Bernard Perley © 2017 Bernard Perley is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches courses in linguistic anthropology and American Indian studies. He collaborates with colleagues and American Indian community members on language maintenance and revitalization projects in and around the city of Milwaukee as well as the […]

When Participants Anticipate Violence

The strengths of anthropology as a discipline are its ability to amplify disenfranchised voices and capture the fine-grained, daily, lived experiences of its participants. The gap between policy actions and their human costs is widening in our current political climate. The rescinding of DACA and local law enforcement cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, force migrants […]