From First Inkling to First Day: Finding My Way Into a Federal Career

When I started my PhD program, I did not intend to work in the federal government, or even to do applied research.  Yet after fieldwork and the birth of my daughter, my thinking about my career changed.  I realized that I preferred working as part of a team, wanted to share whatever I learned with a […]

The Anthropology of Engagement

In discussing the 2015 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), we both agreed that its theme, “Familiar/Strange,” felt particularly apt for us. Our individual career trajectories have led us to work primarily in health services research for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Returning to the AAA meeting felt like coming back to […]