The following post was submitted by Elisa (EJ) Sobo, Professor of Anthropology, San Diego State University. The New York Times recently featured an op-ed piece titled ‘Academics seek a big splash.’ In it, Noam Scheiber assesses recent changes in how scholars relate to the media. Concurrently, Huffington Post published ‘An anthropological approach to California’s vaccination … Continue reading The Challenge of Public Dissemination
In 2008, the AAA took a leadership position among social science organizations in questioning the ethics and effectiveness of a U.S. Army program known as the Human Terrain Systems (HTS), which sought to embed social scientists in combat units to help with military planning decisions. In addition to its fundamentally misguided design, the $725 million … Continue reading AAA Applauds Decision to End Controversial HTS Program
It has been two weeks since the mass shooting took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Makeshift memorials are still being placed on the grounds outside under the hot summer sun and, like the new floral arrangements that arrive daily, the horror remains fresh in our minds. As … Continue reading Charleston: Continuing the Conversation
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) joins same-sex partners across the country in celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling in the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges, a consolidation of four marriage equality cases from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan. The Court declared that it is in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment for states to deny same-sex … Continue reading AAA Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality
The following post was written by AAA members Susan D. Blum, Netta Avineri, and Eric J. Johnson in response to a recent article in the Washington Post. Read what they have to say about the impact of child-rearing styles on test scores and then share your own thoughts. As reported in the Washington Post (Five ignored … Continue reading White + Word Gap = Wrong!
Recent news surrounding Rachel Dolezal has led to quite the discussion on race. Our associates at the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference (EPIC) pointed us to an article (‘You May Not Know It But I’m Black’: White Woman’s Self-Identification As Black) that Patricia Sunderland, a longtime AAA member and leading consumer researcher, wrote about in Ethnos 18 … Continue reading Race and Rachel Dolezal: A Conversation with Patricia Sunderland
The AAA Photo Contest returns again this year, and submission are open to all active AAA members, submit here! If you could define your work in a single picture, what would it look like? AAA members work all around the world, in the most diverse cultures imaginable, and we want to showcase them. If you … Continue reading 2015 Photo Contest Starts!