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It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

It’s time to vote in the 2013 elections. Log-in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates. Today’s feature are the candidates for President-Elect: Deborah Nichols and Alisse Waterston

The responsibilities of the President-Elect include:

  1. Serves as Chair of the Long Range Planning committee.
  2. Represents AAA at the President’s request.
  3. In the absence of the President, fulfills those duties as noted in the President’s job description.
  4. Carries out such other duties as may be assigned by the President or by the Executive Board.
  5. Serves as an ex-officio member of AAA committees (excluding nominations committee).

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Deb NicholsDeborah Nichols

My work as an anthropologist and engagement with the AAA has been shaped by being part of a four-field anthropology department throughout my career that began doing contract archaeology. Being an anthropologist extends the intellectual breadth of my archaeological research on political economy, early states, and urbanism. The breadth of anthropology is both its greatest strength and greatest challenge. The AAA publication program provides an umbrella for anthropology’s rich variety. It should be the foremost vehicle to engage and present new anthropological understandings and knowledge and to speak to broader audiences within and beyond our discipline. If we see change as an opportunity, digital technology offers possibilities to enrich our publications, sustain their diversity and expand access as we address financial challenges. I would bring to the Presidency a broad and international engagement with anthropology, first-hand knowledge of the association, and leadership experience. I have been elected as section president and Section Assembly Convener, and I have chaired the Association’s Operating Committee and the Committee for the Future and Print and Electronic Publishing. I have served on editorial boards including for American Anthropologist, the Annual Review of Anthropology, the Society for Economic Anthropology, and Ancient Mesoamerica.

Alisse WaterstonAlisse Waterston

I would welcome the responsibility to lead AAA through the next period as it engages new possibilities in scholarly publishing, faces labor and funding crises in higher education, and more fully participates in public and policy discussions.  My leadership roles—Executive Board, ACC Chair, CFPEP Chair, Editor/Open Anthropology, Annual Meeting Program Chair, SANA Board—have provided me deep understanding of the association, and the concerns and aspirations of members and sections.  My various roles as an academic, applied, and activist anthropologist have prepared me for the challenges ahead. I consider the following issues key: 1) the future of scholarly publishing; 2) relationships and communication—internal to the association and external to AAA; 3) the labor market for anthropologists, contingent labor practices, graduate student opportunities, and prospects for applied, practicing anthropologists; 4) the future of the annual meeting, including principles to guide decisions related to it; and 5) anthropology’s role in the political, economic and social crises of our times, including militarism, poverty, and inequality. I will build on the achievements of past leadership to further the discipline’s global and local ties, and foster anthropology as an intellectual, creative and innovative discipline inside and outside the academy. I would be honored to lead the effort on these important issues, and would do so with great energy and enthusiasm.

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