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The sixth installment of our Profiles in Practice podcast series features Patricia Clay, a fisheries anthropologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Clay received her doctorate in anthropology from Indiana University-Bloomington, where she focused on ecological and economic development and the success of fisheries cooperatives started by the US government. Her inter-disciplinary work involves fisheries research, policy planning, and social impact assessment for environmental impact statements. Throughout her work, Clay, like many other applied anthropologists, found that she had to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of anthropology within her workplace. She also highlights the importance of skills that are often acquired outside of anthropology departments: statistics, budget management, facilitating cooperative work efforts, and networking.
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.
Previous Profiles in Practice podcasts:
- Profiles in Practice Podcast: Anthropology & Consulting
- Profiles in Practice Podcast: Anthropology @ NIH
- Profiles in Practice Podcast: Cultural Resource Management
- 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