Dear Graduate Student…

Fieldwork can be a contradictory and uncomfortable process. Some thoughts on shyness, relationships, and grace as I refine my own practice.

Checking In

How long should a nervous author wait before asking you if the manuscript’s reviews are in yet?

What to Call US Border Detention Centers?

The government and media call them “immigrant detention centers.” They are meant to be temporary holding facilities—up to 72 hours—for migrants and asylum-seekers crossing the southern US border. But the average length of stay has become much longer and the facilities have become overcrowded and unsanitary. In a word, the conditions are inhumane.

Playing with Conspiracy Theories

What might viewing conspiracism as a form of play tell us about the workings of contemporary culture, our capacity for critical thinking, or how we build new understandings?

Press Editor or Series Editor

What is the difference between approaching a series editor and a press editor?  For a first author, is there a strategy to this?

The Crime of Migrant Accompaniment?

The criminalization of accompaniment is also an attack on the production of knowledge, particularly the day-to-day knowledge generated by accompanying migrants en route.

Stonewall Mythology

This June marks the fiftieth anniversary of the riots at The Stonewall Inn in New York City. The days-long series of marches and protests that immediately followed are widely celebrated as the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States and many countries around the world. In the decades since, “Stonewall” has been transformed from a cluster of activist events into the mythological origins of a host of social and political movements.

Work for a Life

The pressures to deliver and innovate in Silicon Valley echo the demands of higher education. How can learning from worker struggles and solidarity movements in anthropology make our work more ethical?