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 […]

Doing Good by Doing Well in Business Anthropology

It is axiomatic that educators hope that students use their skills to improve their communities. “Doing good” in the world outside of academia can often translate into “doing well” in academic work. This is the philosophy of Business Anthropology training at the University of Minnesota. The Business Anthropology course combines academic work and real-world problems […]

On the Mentor-Mentee Relationship as Critical Anthropological Praxis

Notes from The Field, a series by the Culture & Agriculture section of AAA. As the Culture & Agriculture (C&A) section continues to evolve dynamically as an organization within the AAA, we are incredibly privileged as applied anthropologists, educators, and agents of change to be able to help steward future generations as they grow as […]

Senioritis

An ethnographic study of senior housing in Springfield, Missouri Editor’s Note: This is the eighth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. What started as a semester-long project inspired by a regional non-profit ended with three college seniors exploring what it meant to […]

Apply Within

Looking for Qualified Home Buyers for Habitat for Humanity Editor’s Note: This is the seventh piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University.  The director of Habitat for Humanity in Springfield, Missouri asked students from the Ethnographic Field Methods class at Missouri State University to find […]

Springfield Community Gardens

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. I conducted my ethnographic research project with Springfield Community Gardens, a local nonprofit that provides for community gardens in the Springfield, Missouri area. The organization began with one garden in 2010 […]

I Pour Life

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. I Pour Life is a nonprofit located in Springfield, Missouri that started in 2015 to offer a hand-up to teens and young adults currently living in social isolation. The I Pour […]

Services Rich and Systems Poor in Springfield, MO

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth piece in a series called “Putting Anthropology to Work” contributed by students of Margaret Buckner at Missouri State University. In my research, I looked at the issue of Springfield, Missouri being “services rich, systems poor.” I focused specifically on an internal analysis of an umbrella organization in Springfield, the […]

Sustainable Tourism… for Development?

Not a day goes by without being confronted, one way or the other, with the multiple environmental, societal, and economic challenges that our planet faces. Because it is impossible to tackle all problems at once, the United Nations (UN) has created so-called international observances—special days, weeks, months, years, and even decades that highlight an issue […]

Looking Back at “Anthropology on the Front Lines”

On May 1 and 2, University of California Berkeley’s Department of Anthropology hosted a conference, “Anthropology on the Front Lines,” in honor of Nancy Scheper-Hughes and in celebration of barefoot anthropology. In what follows, two conference participants, David Napier Meira Weiss, reflect on the conference, and the impact of engaged anthropology and Scheper-Hughes on their own work […]