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 […]

Anthropologists’ Research Contributions Recognized at National US Department of Veteran Affairs Meeting

National scientific meetings are a standard part of professional, academic life. They provide an opportunity to learn about the latest research, reconnect with old colleagues, and meet other like-minded professionals. For anthropologists working in the US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the national scientific meeting of the VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) […]