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 […]

Music and Culture and Conferencing, Oh My!

The 97th Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society will take place April 19–21, 2018 on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington. This year’s meeting is being held jointly with MIDSEM, the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, which makes it a great opportunity for joint panels and productive cross-pollination (not to mention […]

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 […]