Senioritis

An ethnographic study of senior housing in Springfield, Missouri Editor’s Note: This is the eighth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. What started as a semester-long project inspired by a regional non-profit ended with three college seniors exploring what it meant to […]

Apply Within

Looking for Qualified Home Buyers for Habitat for Humanity Editor’s Note: This is the seventh piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University.  The director of Habitat for Humanity in Springfield, Missouri asked students from the Ethnographic Field Methods class at Missouri State University to find […]

Springfield Community Gardens

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. I conducted my ethnographic research project with Springfield Community Gardens, a local nonprofit that provides for community gardens in the Springfield, Missouri area. The organization began with one garden in 2010 […]

I Pour Life

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. I Pour Life is a nonprofit located in Springfield, Missouri that started in 2015 to offer a hand-up to teens and young adults currently living in social isolation. The I Pour […]

Services Rich and Systems Poor in Springfield, MO

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. In my research, I looked at the issue of Springfield, Missouri being “services rich, systems poor.” I focused specifically on an internal analysis of an umbrella organization in Springfield, the […]

Underfunded Women’s Healthcare

Editor’s Note: This is the third piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. Recently, I partnered with the Impacting Poverty Collaborative in Springfield, Missouri to research underfunded women’s healthcare in the area. I began the project by using social network analysis software to […]

From Neandertals to AnthroBowl

Founded in 1921 as the Central Section of the American Anthropological Association, the Central States Anthropological Society (CSAS) is a friendly, four-field professional society that welcomes students and anyone keen on promoting anthropology in the heartland and beyond. This year Fred Smith (Illinois State University) gave the Distinguished Lecture at our Annual Meeting April 6–8, […]

A Mother’s Other Job

Editor’s Note: This is the second piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. The people who benefit from the services Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in Greene County, MO provides are typically single mothers who receive little to no child support. These […]

Welcome Home

Assessing Local Refugee Resettlement Editor’s Note: This is the first  piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. Our ethnographic study investigated the efficacy of Springfield Welcome Home, a not-for-profit refugee support organization in Springfield, MO that renders services to the local refugee population. […]

Missouri State University Service Learning Series

Editor’s Note: This is an introduction to a series of 8 pieces called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. The course:  a senior-graduate class intended to initiate students into ethnographic field research.  The emphasis is on participant observation and informal interviews (“talking to people”), but throughout the semester […]