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—Denise Brennan, professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Georgetown University.
Anthropology News is the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) award-winning member magazine, published bimonthly in print and continually on our website.
We develop insightful anthropology stories for anthropologists and anyone with an interest in anthropology. Our aim is to champion engaging, incisive anthropology writing and multimodal content from across the discipline. Our anthropologist contributors work in all manner of settings, including business, nonprofits, academic institutions, and government. Vivid description, captivating tales, and adventurous forms of writing are at the heart of what we do. Think short-form magazine-style stories with scientific bite—low on jargon, high on storytelling.
Each issue of the print magazine (distributed to AAA members) is developed on a theme by the editor who works directly with authors. We invite contributions through calls for pitches and personal invitations.
The Anthropology News website publishes stories from the print magazine and much more in the form of topical and timely content from individual contributors and AAA Sections.
You can browse our extensive archive of Anthropology News content and PDFs of print issues in AnthroSource. And you can find all content published from 2019 onward on our website where it is open for everyone to enjoy.
Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association is the world’s largest scholarly and professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and applying this understanding to the world’s most pressing problems.
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Natalie Konopinski, Anthropology News editor
“Publishing in Anthropology News allowed me to explore different genres of ethnographic writing. It also gave me the opportunity to communicate my work with readers both in and beyond academia. The editor offered meticulous and constructive feedback to push me to tell a more effective story. I benefited a lot from her attention to detail in writing ethnographic stories, such as the depiction of ambience in queer space. This experience has also inspired me to dig deeper into the stories in my current book project.”
—Zhiqiu Benson Zhou, assistant professor of global China studies at New York University Shanghai.
“Writing this piece for Anthropology News was what I can only describe as a delightful experience. Through the entire process, the editor was helpful, thought-provoking, and engaged, offering her keen-eye and intellect for how to develop and edit the story while maintaining its essence. Creating a piece for a magazine allowed for more playful storytelling and the inclusion of details that traditional academic formats tend to cut out—which I found a refreshing, creatively fulfilling, and productive way to think through my research.”
—Amy Clare, PhD candidate in the STS Department at the Technical University of Munich.
“Though I sent in a pitch to AN for a story that might have seemed a bit of a sideways take on the proposed topic, the editor had a creative vision that made my writing of this article one of the most enjoyable experiences I have ever had. I love the piece I produced for this publication and not just because of the subject matter—one that is near and dear to my heart (wacky weeds)—but because writing it based on the insightful feedback from the editor made me find better ways to tell this story. Her close attention to writing and storytelling makes for a truly rewarding writing experience! Thank you!“
—Melissa Zavala completed a doctorate in anthropology at The Graduate Center-CUNY.
Anthropology News editorial advisory board
Tracie Canada, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University.
Tiffany C. Fryer, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and assistant curator of historical and contemporary archaeology, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology.
Agustín Fuentes, professor of anthropology at Princeton University.
Duana Fullwiley, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University.
Adam Gamwell, business and design anthropologist, award-winning media producer, and founder of Anthrocurious, a social impact storytelling and human insights consultancy.
Alexis L. Holloway, PhD candidate and Dean’s Graduate Fellow at Duke University.
Dalia Ibraheem, PhD candidate at Rutgers University.
Janet McIntosh, professor of anthropology at Brandeis University.
Cara Ocobock, assistant professor of anthropology; director of the Human Energetics Laboratory; fellow in the Eck Institute for Global Health; fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives; and concurrent faculty in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Bernard Perley, associate professor and director of the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Sabrina Nichelle Scott, business anthropologist and founder and CEO of Fullest Potential Consulting Inc.
Cara Wall-Scheffler, professor and cochair of the Biology Department at Seattle Pacific University.
AAA Section Contributing Editors
Association for Africanist Anthropology, Christian Vannier
Association for Feminist Anthropology, María Lis Baiocchi and Leyla Savloff
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, Taras Fedirko and Whitney Russell
Association of Black Anthropologists, M. Mena and Annika Doneghy
Association of Latina/o & Latinx Anthropologists, Sergio Lemus and Dozandri Mendoza
Association of Senior Anthropologists, Laura Zimmer-Tamakoshi
Council for Museum Anthropology, Lillia McEnaney
Council on Anthropology and Education, Tricia Niesz
Evolutionary Anthropology Society, Ilaria Pretelli
General Anthropology Division, Rebekah Cupitt
Middle East Section, Timothy Loh
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, Ashley Meredith
Society for Anthropological Sciences, Kevin Kelly
Society for the Anthropology of Europe, James Veriniss
Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, Ariana Gunderson
Society for the Anthropology of Religion, Angie Heo and Sawyer Martin French
Society for East Asian Anthropology, Jieun Cho and Aaron Su
Society for Economic Anthropology, Daniel Souleles and Johannes Lenhard
Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Joseph Feldman
Society for Medical Anthropology, Mel Salm and Victoria Sheldon