The Missing Ethics of Heritage

Ethics codes should play a key role in the education of future professionals.  Indeed, in teaching a capstone course for graduating seniors, I justify our multi-day exploration of ethics in part by referencing the Society for Applied Anthropology’s ethics code, which states in its principle 4 that “Our training should inform students as to their […]

Meeting the Ethical Responsibilities of Activist Research while on the Tenure Track

I consider myself an activist researcher whose research is embedded within a larger activist agenda that aspires to dismantle social inequality and improve the conditions of racialized communities. The question I have been grappling with for the past three years is how to balance the ethical responsibilities of being an activist researcher with the demands […]

Where We Draw the Lines

Weighing Commitments to Community and Heritage The AAA Statement of Ethics asks anthropologists to “do no harm,” an injunction that is deceptively simple. After all, anthropologists can rarely foresee or influence the potential consequences and unintentional impacts of their research. The AAA’s injunction therefore introduces thorny issues pertaining to the long-term effects of data—the maps, […]

The Contingent Faculty Market Is Against the AAA Statement on Ethics, Part 2

This column, the second of two parts, explores how the use of contingent faculty (adjuncts, part-time teachers, and others of precarious professional standing) violates specific principles of the the AAA statement on Ethics. Principle #1: Do No Harm (You Can’t Hurt the Anthropologist and Not Hurt the Field Communities) In anthropology, interconnectedness is not just […]

The Contingent Faculty Market Is Against the AAA Statement on Ethics, Part 1

This column discusses the ways in which people of color, and especially women of color first generation PhDs, experience the contingency market differently because of their intersectional identities and how this undermines the discipline’s goals of contributing a diverse body of knowledge under truthful conditions of knowledge production. This column seeks to encourage a long-needed discussion on how […]