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The objective—to effectively explain your thesis in a language appropriate to a nonspecialist audience, and in just 180 seconds! A daunting task but, as part of this year’s 2021 AAA Annual Meeting, 10 of our members did just that, with clear and concise presentations on a number of complex issues ranging from tactical citizenship to spiritualism to women’s dancing.

The grand prize ($400) went to Stephanie Jacobs for “Nature Is My Higher Power: Ontological ‘Prospecting’ in Addiction-Recovery.” First runner-up ($200) went to Dustin Reuther for “Dulac-You-Wanna: Cultural Heritage and Subsiding Ecologies in Louisiana’s Coastal Marsh.” The second runner-up ($100) went to Justin Haruyama for “Mining for Coal and Souls: Modes of Relationality in Emerging Chinese-Zambian Worlds.”

Judges for the Three Minute Thesis competition, sponsored by the National Institute of Social Sciences, hailed from top media outlets including NPR and Science.


Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin is the AAA’s director of communications and public affairs.

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Martin, Jeff. 2022. “AAA Members Present Research Briefs in Under Three Minutes.” Anthropology News website, February 14, 2022.