Ambivalent Spaces in the (Neo)Liberal Arts

What is the future of anthropology at liberal arts colleges in the United States? In this late capitalist era of unprecedented college costs, student loan debt, and economic uncertainty, the dominant narrative that the role of a college education is to ensure future financial success is understandable, and one to which colleges must respond.

Zombie Tourism, Cliff Walks, and Skydiving

Contributing editor Carrie Hough interviews CSAS Board Member Adam Kaul about Leisure and Death: An Anthropological Tour of Risk, Death, and Dying, which he co-edited with Jonathan Skinner.

Reimagining the Maori Haka

In the spring of 2017, my research sabbatical at Waikato University in Aotearoa/New Zealand centered on the extreme over-representation of the indigenous Māori people in the prison system. Nonetheless, I was constantly pulled into the national obsession with rugby and its conspicuous connection to Māori culture. Although well aware that many Māori athletes are rugby […]

The Political Structure of Saddlebred Horse Showing

When it came time to choose an undergraduate major, I ultimately picked anthropology because it allowed me to explore any subject and study it in a new and innovative way. At the Central States Anthropological Society’s Spring 2017 conference, I presented my senior research findings on the American Saddlebred horse showing community, of which I have been a […]