“Speaking Justice to Power” Since 1973

The study of politics and law is critical to unpacking the operation of power in society and identifying possible pathways to social change. For contemporary political and legal anthropology, our greatest challenge may be the very unboundedness of that charge, and the almost staggering potential for our work to influence understanding, policy and practice, and […]

APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize 2017

Writing Mentor, Cash Award, Travel Expenses & Publication Opportunity The Association for Political & Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including MA, PhD, JD, LLM, SJD, etc.) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and/or legal institutions and processes. Topics may include citizenship; colonialism […]

My Propinquity Towards Grandiose Narratives

Our book, The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions (Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez and Josiah Heyman, Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2017: 401 pp.) is a labor of affection and hopefully a contribution to recasting a region that is often mischaracterized by only the brittle, bifurcating borderline imposed upon a common ecology only two grandmothers ago […]