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AAA Reception Welcomes New Executive Director Dr. Liebow

Last evening, federal agency representatives, congressional staff and association affiliates welcomed AAA Executive Director Dr. Edward Liebow to his new position and to the Washington D.C. area.

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Ed speaks with Fath Ruffins of the Smithsonian Institution.

This gathering provided an opportunity for the AAA to continue to build a strong network amongst key players in the area.

Ed enjoys a laugh with Stephen Hill of the National Humanities Alliance and Alyson Reed of the Linguistic Society of America

Ed enjoys a laugh with Stephen Hill of the National Humanities Alliance and Alyson Reed of the Linguistic Society of America

The event was hosted at the Sonoma Wine Bar on Capitol Hill.

AAA President Leith Mullings welcomes Ed to DC.

AAA President Leith Mullings welcomes Ed to DC.

New Executive Director Leads American Anthropological Association

Ed - smallDr. Edward Liebow, who was selected as the new Executive Director of the AAA during the organization’s 111th Annual Meeting in November of last year, started his new position with the group this past week. Dr. Liebow, formerly a practicing anthropologist with Battelle, was selected for his knowledge of the challenges as well as opportunities facing the discipline as well as those facing scholarly associations at large.

“Dr. Liebow has been a long time active member of the Association,” notes AAA President, Leith Mullings; “he knows what members need from their professional association and I am confident that he will be a great asset to his colleagues, the Association and the field of anthropology.”

Liebow earned his PhD in cultural anthropology from Arizona State University and his BA in sociology and anthropology from Carleton College. He joined Battelle Memorial Institute in 1986, and rose from the rank of research scientist to project leader to director of research operations. Dr. Liebow has also taught anthropology at the University of Washington and the Università Carlo Cattaneo (Castellanza, VA, Italy). The professional and academic experiences Liebow brings to the table encompass the various professional needs of the Association’s membership. He has also served as the AAA Treasurer for the past six years.

“I am excited about the new opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the Association,” said Dr. Liebow, “I particularly look forward to strengthening our relationships with national and international organizations, expanding our engagement with the public, and increasing the visibility of the enormously valuable work that we do for the good of society.”

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.

Breaking News! AAA To Have New Executive Director

The AAA Executive Board has selected a new Executive Director, in light of the retirement of current Executive Director, Bill Davis. The new Executive Director will be announced tonight at the AAA Business Meeting. This meeting will be held in Room Continental 5 Ballroom level at 6:15pm.

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