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AAA Names New Executive Director

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that its Executive Board has selected a new Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow. Dr. Liebow was selected after a search process that included broad outreach to national and international contacts and organizations.

 Dr. Liebow is an accomplished administrator and researcher. In addition, he has been very active in AAA, serving as AAA Treasurer, as well as an Executive Board member. He comes to the Executive Director’s position after a long career with the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest not-for-profit research and development organization. He joined Battelle in 1986, the year he received his PhD in cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. Dr. Liebow also has a BA in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College. He has conducted research and public policy analysis on a variety of energy, public health, and social policy issues concerning disadvantaged communities. While at Battelle, he rose from the rank of research scientist to project leader to director of research operations in the Seattle office. Dr. Liebow maintains a position as affiliate associate professor of anthropology and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Washington. He has also been a visiting professor of Applied Anthropology and Comparative Economics at Università Carlo Cattaneo (Castellanza, VA, Italy), a Senior Fellow of the Fulbright Commission, and has served on the faculty of the CDC-sponsored Summer Evaluation Institute.

“Dr. Liebow’s administrative ability, knowledge of the challenges as well as opportunities facing scholarly associations and his vision for anthropology and the robust future of the Association made him the best choice,” according to AAA President, Leith Mullings. “I am confident that Dr. Liebow will be a great asset to the Association as we seek to strengthen our relationships with national and international organizations, expand our engagement with the public and increase the visibility of anthropologists and anthropological knowledge”

“I am very excited about this new position,” Liebow said in a recent interview. “It is my aim to make the Association a welcoming home for folks from a variety of backgrounds and organizational affiliations.”

Dr. Liebow will join the AAA in January, 2013.

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