Getting Proximate on Israel-Palestine

This month through next, AAA members are voting on a resolution to boycott Israeli Academic Institutions. This is a huge decision and thus it is essential that every AAA member vote in the election that extends from April 15 to May 31. At this very moment—the time of the spring election—the membership’s collective voice on […]


In this column, I reflect on what has transpired and what is yet to come, anticipating what the year will bring to the field and to the Association. I believe we are in an historic moment, and that anthropology and AAA are at a turning point. This is not a sudden condition but has been […]

Envisioning AAA

What feels like a lifetime ago, I entered a hotel in Washington, DC, the location of the 1985 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, the first I would attend. As an all too easily intimidated graduate student, I believed that everybody there knew everybody else, and that everybody there was a very important person […]

2015 AAA President’s Report

I organize this report in ways similar to that I used a year ago, simply because the overarching goals remain the same: to construct a better public presence and better external relations; and to (re)shape ourselves, more or less constantly, to make the AAA as useful a space as possible for members. It will close […]