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Where Are They Now?

As a PhD candidate in anthropology, it can be a real challenge to do fieldwork, teach classes, write your dissertation while keeping food in your stomach and a roof over your head. Anyone who’s in that exciting but occasionally nerve-wracking time probably agrees that a little extra funding can really help the process along. The AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship offers exactly that but it can do even more for you. It’s not just a sum of money doled out: it also conveys prestige and can help launch your career in academia. The achievements of our past recipients demonstrate what the fellowship can do for you.

The Minority Dissertation Fellowship winner from 2002-2003, Audra Simpson, now works in the Anthropology department at Columbia University as an assistant professor. She’s published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and even has a book slated for publication, “Mohawk Interruptus.” Successful in her career, Audra also seeks to, in her own words, bring “the fields of anthropology and Native American Studies into a critical and constructive dialogue with each other.”

Julie Chu, the winner from 2003-2004, now occupies the position of assistant professor within the NYU Anthropology department. She has authored a number of articles in scholarly journals as well as a book, “Cosmologies of Credit: Transnational Mobility and the Politics of Destination in China.” Her book was well-received and garnered a substantial amount of attention, earning the 2011 Sharon Stephens Prize from the American Ethnological Society and the 2012 Clifford Geertz Prize from the Society for the Anthropology of Religion. Aside from articles and books, she is also engaged in an ethnographic film project. In fact, she’s even developing an entirely new ethnographic focus in Chinese soundscapes!

A recent winner from 2008, Rocío Magaña, is already making her mark on the academic world! In short order, she became an assistant professor at Rutgers in the School of Arts & Sciences and has already published articles in edited volumes. According to her own description, her dissertation research offered “an ethnographic analysis of contemporary struggles over border control, humanitarian intervention, and unauthorized migration in the desert regions of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary.” Currently, she is in process of continuing that research and crafting a publishable book with it.

The Minority Dissertation Fellowship has already launched the careers of these anthropologists and a number of others, helping them establish a foothold in the tough world of academia. What can it do for you?

Flash Mob in Anthropology Class

As many readers are heading back to school, one professor shares a video clip of the flash mob that cropped up in first year social anthropology lecture at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia last academic year:

Thank you for sharing, Klara!

Graduate School Fair and Student Saturday at the Annual Meeting

The AAA Graduate School Fair will be held on Saturday, November 20 at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans, in Grand Ballroom C, 5th Floor of the Sheraton from 10 am-2 pm. The Graduate School Fair is part of “Student Saturday,” an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to attend the meeting for one day at the deeply discounted price of $50. Students are welcome to attend sessions, meetings and activities (including the dance) on November 20. Students may register on-site.

AAA/NAPA Employer Expo

The Employer Expo organized by NAPA with the support of CoPAPIA and the AA Department of Academic Relations and Practicing and Applied Programs features public, private, and non-profit organizations that employ anthropologists, and showcases how anthropologists contribute to the innovation and creativity of these groups. The Expo is not a job fair but an opportunity for anthropologists to learn about the important and innovative ways in which employers are utilizing anthropologists and our skills. It is also an opportunity for employers to speak directly with AAA about challenges and opportunities in employing anthropologists. The Expo will be held this year at the AAA annual meeting in New Orleans on Friday, November 19th. The Expo will begin at 11 am and run until 4 pm. Last year hundreds of people visited the Expo and we expect a larger turnout this year as the Expo has grown in popularity.

Organizations Participating in the Expo this year include:
Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants (ACE)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
Conifer Research
Desert Archaeology Inc
Earth Search
International Relief and Development, Inc.
LTG Associates
Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pacific Ethnography
Smart Revenue
Statistical Research, Inc.
State Farm Insurance

A new feature of the Expo this year will be an Information Kiosk called Anthropology at the Cutting Edge. At this kiosk visitors can meet representatives of distinct and sometimes surprising industries who will answer questions about work in various economic sectors and the specific skill sets required. The institutions featured in the info kiosk include:
Small business
Social media
Consumer Research


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