Preferential Paradoxes: Part II

Heather Humphries, an incumbent Fine Gael Minister of Culture, Arts and the Gaelteacht, was the first elected from the constituency, which contradicted every local reporter’s prediction. In a straight pluralist vote, her election as a candidate from a minority community would be very unlikely. Humphries hails from Drum, the Republic’s only entirely Protestant village. Although […]

Preferential Paradoxes: Part I

Ordinal Scales in an Irish Election Particular forms of electoral counting inaugurate particular forms of political difference. Pluralist voting entails a highly partisan zero-sum politics: in US national races, for example, a voter elects or fails to elect their chosen candidate with their one vote. In contrast, the ordinal ranking of Single Transferable Voting (STV) […]

Service and Community as a Graduate Student in APLA

I began working with the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) in early 2012, when I was approached about serving as the section’s graduate student representative. The graduate student representative’s main responsibility is to create special programming for graduate students during the AAA Annual Meeting, the heart and soul of which are APLA’s off-program […]

APLA AAA Program Overview

APLA has an exciting roster of events planned for the AAA meetings this year including 43 sessions, graduate student workshops, early career mentoring events and a presentation of the annual APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize and APLA Book Prize. This year, the business meeting will feature a moderated discussion on the convergences between the Black […]

Campus Policing

A New Arena of Ethnographic Inquiry   What does an anthropological engagement with policing look like? What can ethnography contribute to urgent practical issues in contemporary policing?  These questions were among those explored by students in a recent class on The Anthropology of Policing at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (ULUC). Offered as part of […]