Through an Ethnographic (Video) Lens Brightly

There are moments in life when the stars align and you rush to go where the path leads. In 2016, we had the opportunity to help inform developing health policy and programs in California—and we took it. We created two ethnographic videos designed to be used by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to inform policymakers at the state and federal levels, senior program designers, legislators, and service organizations in California.

Feeding Innovation in Business Anthropology

[pquote]Anthropology is a way of seeing and interpreting data, and it inflects everything I do.[/pquote]When I began working as a market research consultant, shortly after receiving my PhD, I knew that I would likely spend a good part of my time translating what I do to my colleagues. What I do now—writing surveys, conducting focus […]

What Students Want

In 2017, I ran for and was elected to student leader positions at the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) and AAA’s newly minted Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC). Why did I do it? Because I am a student and a student member of AAA.

Ethics and Auld Lang Syne

The beginning of a new year provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of years past in an effort to better guide the present. This year, NAPA members have particularly good occasion to reflect on our Ethical Guidelines for Practitioners. The guidelines, which were designed to acknowledge common ethical practice for all anthropologists […]

Practicing Anthropologists Make Anthropology Matter

The 2017 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, was the usual whirlwind of presentations, meetings with colleagues and friends, and far too many coffees, but something was a bit different this year. More than ever, participants were talking about the meeting theme, “Anthropology Matters,” including discussions about how our discipline can be relevant in our current […]