Transitions within Public Sector Anthropology

Anthropologists have long studied the concept of transitions as it applies to people and their cultures. Transitions can come about through various means but are always accompanied by change. Although we study and read about how other cultures are changing, one thing I have heard less about is how applied anthropologists change as they transition […]

Theory in Public Sector Anthropology

In graduate school, my favorite course was titled “History of Anthropological Theory.” The course readings, which required a critical engagement with works written by Foucault, Geertz, Stoler, and V. Turner (to name a few), were invigorating and encouraged me to think in a new way—one that sought out nuances, peeled back layers, and identified seemingly […]

Digital Counterpublics

Black Twitter in the Aftermath of Ferguson   On November 24, 2014, St Louis prosecutor McCulloch announced that the grand jury trial did not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. As the news media reports and subsequent protests unfolded, the Twittersphere erupted in thousands of tweets condemning the non-indictment, especially given […]

The Ethnography Experiment in the National Park Service

Thirty-five years ago the National Park Service (NPS) embarked on a bold experiment by creating a formal Ethnography Program to serve as a complement and counterpart to the agency’s well-established Archeology Program. The fledgling program’s mission was to bring people with cultural and historical connections to parks into the management decision-making matrix for federally protected […]