Thoughtful, Committed Anthropologists

Teaching often gets short shrift, unfortunately. It’s also a vital role in training critical citizenship skills, an important tool in an activist toolkit. In our case, inspiring an anthropological imagination. I always learn, and hope my students don’t mind the ride.

One of the things both my students and I look forward to is interviewing other really amazing anthropologists in my “Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems” class. It’s really cool that many activists I admire explicitly say the same thing: teaching is important.

Here are two such interviews, already published in SfAA News:

Josiah Heyman

Dana-Ain Davis

…and a recent audio interview with me on my newest book, Humanitarian Aftershocks in Haiti.

More to come!

I’m also wondering if this platform would be useful to share our own expertise… a searchable, online database. When I listen to the news and hear about environmental justice in India, or the untimely death of Berta Cáscares, or violence against women in Russia, one of my first instincts is to check in with an anthropologist to get a holistic, culturally and historically, ethnographically grounded analysis beyond the 15 seconds I just received.

Interested? Email me.

Here is a shortlist of the anthroposse… more to come.

Madelaine Adelman

Ana Aparicio

Kristen Borré

Orisanmi Burton

Melissa Checker

Heide Castañeda

Dana-Ain Davisinterview

Ilana Feldman

Patricia Foxen

Hillary Haldane

Faye Venetia Harrison

Jane Henrici

Josiah Heymaninterview

Christine Ho

Susan Brin Hyatt

Mitch Irwin

Barbara Rose Johnston

Julie Koppel Maldonado

Emily McKee

Sameena Mulla

Kurt Rademaker

Cheryl Rodriguez

Susan Russell

Ida Susser

Deborah Thomas

Kendall Thu