Paths Not Taken

Ethnographic Terminalia and Career Choices There is something about the AAA meetings that lends itself to reflection, which also seems fitting as we kick off a new year. It could be the timing. Typically held in the run-up to Thanksgiving, this year AAA was held between the major holidays, and there was a sense that […]

Public Sector Anthropology and the Annual Meeting

  As the annual meeting of our organization approaches, my e-mail inbox fills up with messages about exciting sessions and calls for papers, notes from friends and colleagues inquiring about coffee dates and committee meetings.  And yet, despite longstanding investment in “the AAAs,” I’m not going this year.  Many constituent groups within AAA have been […]

A Literature of Practice

As I have read this column over the last several months, I’ve been heartened to see many familiar themes. Contributors have covered the partialness and compromises involved in influencing decisions and policy, the complexities of implementation in large institutions, the importance of anthropologists as representatives of perspectives that are sometimes scarce in government, the need […]

Contributions to Community Reintegration

I am an anthropologist who works as an investigator for a VA research center, Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (CINDRR), where one of the primary goals is to develop, evaluate, and implement innovations that maximize activity and participation of Veterans with disabilities and their families, or community reintegration. Community reintegration (CR) has been used […]

Working on The Hill

Politics as the Art of the Possible Despite Congress’s abysmally poor reputation in the public eye and its polarization, the national legislature remains an important public policy arena. Beyond authorizing legislation, Congress makes decisions on appropriations that affect our lives on a daily basis, from the US military, the judicial system, to social science research […]