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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for the undesignated seat of the Committee on Ethics. The objective of the Committee on Ethics is a standing committee of the Association, which is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association’s ethics education and advisory program. The objectives of the ethics education program are (1) to increase the number of candidates for all degrees in anthropology receiving training in ethics before graduating; (2) to provide ongoing education in ethical issues for all AAA members; (3) to provide advice to AAA members facing/raising ethical dilemmas, and (4) to provide guidance to the Executive Board about AAA codes and guidelines.
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My ethical commitments roughly follow Anthony Appiah’s insistence on ethical principles that are both rooted and cosmopolitan. As a qualification for this position, I have served twice as a judge for the Ethics Bowl at the Society for American Archaeology meetings (2007, 2009). Insofar as anthropologists’ relations with indigenous people are an important part of anthropological ethics, a second qualification includes my having lived and worked in indigenous communities as part of my field research but also as a result of chance circumstances not related to research. More specifically, I have worked with native Maya people in Mexico for the last 15 years, and have also spent months living in indigenous communities in Peru, the United States, and elsewhere. Finally, as a teacher, I have made ethical considerations a central part of my undergraduate and graduate courses.
Robert Trotter II
I see the future of anthropology as very bright, high impact, and high potential, based on my own career and those of my close friends and associates, and even or especially on the careers of others in what might be called the loyal theoretical opposition. I have been the very fortunate recipient of more than 60 externally funded research projects from such diverse sources as NIH, NSF, CDC, WHO, and foundations. These projects have resulted in the publication of 10 books, 15 monographs, 45 chapters in books, over 75 referred articles, and some miscellaneous other publications (reviews, poems, films, etc.). I have served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), and the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA, President 1988-1990). I have also twice served as chair of my anthropology department, through times of growth and challenge (which can also produce growth). I have theoretical and pragmatic experience in forming and maintaining successful partnerships with institutions (governmental, academic, and corporate) and communities (domestic and international). The American Anthropological Association is on an excellent trajectory to enhance anthropological science and humanistic endeavors. I would like to be a positive part of that trajectory.
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