Colonialism’s Orchestrated Disasters in Puerto Rico

“María, María, perdí la esperanza, María, María, perdí la esperanza.” I am reminded of these lyrics from the bomba group, Yuba Iré, when I see the pictures and videos of our beloved nation of Puerto Rico in ruins. Some of us had lived through hurricanes before, but nothing had prepared us for this level of […]

Responding to Turbulent Times

2016–2017 has been a turbulent year for science in general and biological anthropologists specifically. With the rapidly changing political climate, anthropologists stand to be at the forefront of change as researchers embedded in communities around the globe and as academics faced with a changing funding climate. For the inaugural Sections Edition of Anthropology News, the […]

“Speaking Justice to Power” Since 1973

The study of politics and law is critical to unpacking the operation of power in society and identifying possible pathways to social change. For contemporary political and legal anthropology, our greatest challenge may be the very unboundedness of that charge, and the almost staggering potential for our work to influence understanding, policy and practice, and […]

A Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

In today’s political climate, the Council on Anthropology and Education’s (CAE) mission to resist all forms of oppression is as relevant today as when it was created. A persistent disregard for facts and an over reliance on ideological opinions heightens the need for evidence-based knowledge that is accessible to a broad public. Members of the […]

On the Lookout

The Kharij Collective  In February 2017, we came together as the Kharij Collective and organized a national teach-in on the Executive Order that came to be known as the “Muslim Ban.” The teach-in, comprised of academics, activists, and lawyers, addressed the specifics of the order, while also contextualizing it within a longer history of anti-Muslim […]

Polish Anthropologist against Discrimination

The Polish Constitution extends western-style democratic rights to citizens, immigrants, refugees, and minorities. Even in the case of martial law, “Limitation of the freedoms and rights of persons and citizens only by reason of race, gender, language, faith or lack of it, social origin, ancestry or property shall be prohibited” (article 233, §1). These principles […]