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This week Megan Hawkins discusses her work as a cultural resource specialist with the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, where she is currently contracted out to the U.S. Army. Megan holds a masters degree in anthropology (archaeology focus), and conducts a variety of activities to facilitate compliance with cultural resource regulations (i.e. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act). Listen to her interview with Ruth Sando as she discusses job hunting skills, the importance of her academic and field training, possible career paths, and how her current work compares to past experiences.
In February 2007, the Practicing Anthropology Working Group (PAWG) launched a “Profiles in Practice” column in Anthropology News that highlighted anthropologists working outside of academia. PAWG soon transformed into the more permanent AAA Committee of Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA), which reimagined its Anthropology News column under the new title “Anthropology Works” in September 2008.
CoPAPIA is now building upon past Profiles in Practice columns with an online interview series geared towards students interested in anthropology but uncertain about career paths that await them after graduation. The series is hosted by Ruth Sando, owner of Sando and Associates, who is a practicing anthropologist and former board member of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists.
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Interested in participating in this podcast series? Please contact Brian Estes at bestes AT aaanet DOT org
Previous Profiles in Practice podcasts:
- Profiles in Practice Podcast: Anthropology in the US Forest Service
- Interview with Cheryl Levine, social science analyst at the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development