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2015 Webinars

In an ongoing effort to showcase the amazing diversity of the anthropological field, the AAA webinar series will continue twice a month in 2015. While one webinar will focus on professional development strategies, we also will be focusing on more topical issues throughout the year.  The topical webinars are selected by votes through our survey site, and availability of expert speakers.  If there is a subject not listed you think would make for a good webinar, add it to the list so others can vote on it as well! Webinars mentioned here are definitively scheduled, however, there are still flexibilities within the schedule to accommodate for new subjects, events, and considerations.




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September 16, 2015 2 PM Eastern: People, Primates and Pathogens: Integrated approaches to Health, Disease, and the human-animal interface with Augustin Fuentes and Lisa Jones-Engel

The AAA welcomes back Agustin Fuentes for another Webinar Wednesday, this time joined by Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel. Utilizing Lisa's recent work "The Bedey/Badarwala/Ahikuntaka of South Asia" as a case study, they will explore health, evolutionary histories, and the current complexities of "emerging" dieseases, highlighting the applied context/outcomes of anthropology in the field. The webinar will be split between a 40 minute conversation between the two presenters and a 20 minute Q&A period.



Agustín Fuentes, trained in zoology and anthropology, is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. From chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of Asia, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick. Fuentes is author of Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature (University of California Press).



Dr. Jones-Engel is a primatologist who has worked for the better part of her career at bio-medical research centers in the United States. Her primate research career has straddled the field, the natural habitat for nonhuman primates, and the research laboratory. For 30 years she has worked at the human-primate interface in Asia, characterizing the way that humans and macaques interact and developing strategies to detect the infectious agents that are transmitted at this porous boundary. Her research continues to illustrate the concept that both historically, as well as contemporarily, humans and nonhuman primates often constitute a single reservoir in which pathogens can evolve and emerge. She began her exposure to primates at the age of 17 working as a field research assistant for Dr. Birute Galdikas in Kalimantan, Indonesia. She then went on to receive her BA from Cornell University and while completing her MA at NYU she worked as an animal technician at LEMSIP where she hand-reared three young chimpanzees under the tutelage of Dr. Jim Mahoney. Positions supervising primate rehabilitation centers in Africa and Thailand and twin daughters kept her quite busy until she completed her PhD at the University of New Mexico in 2002. For the past 10 years she has been at the Washington National Primate Research Center where she has built a multidisciplinary, international research program (Evolution and Emergence of Infectious Diseases) that integrates microbiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, GIS and primatology as well as human and veterinary medicine.

The event will be held September 16th at 2 PM Eastern.  Register for the event here! the password is "anthro".



September 2, 2015 2PM Eastern: Medical Anthropology in the 21st Century with
Lenore Manderson

Lenore 23 August 15The AAA's Webinar Wednesday is back for the Fall Semester. Medical anthropology has expanded in its fields of study and the number of people who identify as medical anthropologists. Yet it is hard to describe what we do: studying people’s experience of sickness and heath, care seeking and care, seems banal and inaccurate. Medical anthropology helps make sense of suffering and recovery as a social experience; it carries us into refugee camps, birthing centers, factories, boardrooms, gaols, rehabilitation centers and schools, across countries and between communities. Many medical anthropologists are employed outside of academic settings: in government ministries and departments of health and other government departments, aid agencies, international and local NGOs, multilateral agencies, health care organizations, and private foundations. Others of us collaborate with such organizations for short-term periods.
In this webinar, I will discuss four areas of medical anthropological research, practice, and application: Changing Childhoods, Chronicity, Health and Illness; Climate Change; and War and Violence.  I will draw on work associated with my current work on a handbook (The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology) I am writing with Elizabeth Cartwright (Idaho State University) and Anita Hardon (University of Amsterdam), out April 2016. By the end of this webinar, you should be familiar with:
Lenore Manderson is internationally known for her work in anthropology, social history and public health. She has played a lead role in training and research in inequality, social exclusion and marginality, the social determinants of infectious and chronic disease, gender and sexuality, immigration, ethnicity and inequality, in Australia, Southeast and East Asia (including Malaysia, China, Thailand, the Philippines and Japan), South Africa and Ghana, and most recently in the Solomon Islands. Much of her work with Indigenous and immigrants Australians, and in infectious disease, is applied; this includes the development of guidelines for practice to enhance access to services and to provide cultural appropriate services. At the University of the Witwatersrand, she is developing a program of work around medical interventions, technology, access and equity. At Brown University, her work includes a five-year program bringing together the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts in conversations on environmental change and sustainability. She also teaches in the IE Brown Executive MBA.

The event will be held September 2nd at 2 PM Eastern.  Register for the event here! the password is "anthro".



May 20, 2015: Sex Work in Cambodia with Larissa Sandy

It is very difficult for many people to understand sex work in Cambodia in terms other than trafficking, and so this webinar attempts to challenge and transform conventional thought and theory about sex work in non-Western modern settings like Cambodia.

In the webinar, I explore women’s pathways into sex work and highlight how this often begins with a series of constraints and choices that cannot be disconnected and which renders their identification as victims of trafficking or free agents highly problematic. The webinar shifts the focus of debate from very simplistic dichotomies by concentrating on descriptions of women’s lives rather than beginning with a prior assumptions (e.g. sex workers as victims enslaved in prostitution).

I consider some of the difficulties surrounding the intersection of structural factors with subjective choices in sex workers’ everyday lives and analyse how Cambodia’s transitional economy and development plans shape sex working women’s trajectories into and experiences of sex work, and debt bondage in particular. By exploring sex work through an anthropological lens, the webinar examines women’s involvement in the sector as part of the moral and political economies of sex work. It also discusses how sex work can be understood as a rational economic choice and a vehicle through which important social and cultural obligations fulfilled as well as reflecting on the pressing need to critically re-think the trafficking/sex slavery label.

Bio: Larissa Sandy is an anthropologist at RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia) where she lectures in the Criminology program. Her research examines sex work and women's agency; contract labour, debt bondage and other forms of unfree labour in sex work; sex worker activism; and the global politics of sex work regulation. Before joining RMIT University, Larissa was a Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in Criminology at Flinders University, where her research explored the effects of human trafficking laws and interventions for male and female sex workers in Cambodia. She is author of Women and Sex Work in Cambodia: Blood, Sweat and Tears (Routledge).




March 18, 2015: Applied Anthropology in the National Parks

As the National Park Service (NPS) approaches its centennial in 2016, the NPS Cultural Anthropology and Archeology Programs continue to engage in research with deep roots in communities across America. By partnering with universities and scholars in the CESU Network (Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units), the NPS funds applied research in ethnography and archeology.This session will introduce current, completed, and upcoming NPS-CESU research; how to submit letters of interest for research through the CESU network; and how students may become involved in applied work in parks.

Keywords: parks; applied; heritage; research; government

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Joe Watkins is the Supervisory Cultural Anthropologist, American Indian Liaison Officer for the NPS, and Chief of the NPS Tribal Relations and American Cultures. He oversees the Park Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program, the Tribal Historic Preservation Program, and the Cultural Anthropology Program from the NPS Washington Area Service Office.

Stanley Bond is the Chief Archeologist for the National Park Service and Consulting Archeologist for the Department of the Interior. He has managed a number of CESU projects as a NPS Archeologist, Resource Manager, and Superintendent. Current CESU projects sponsored by the NPS Washington Archeology Program include a Southwest mission travel itinerary, a webinar lecture series, work with Latino high school students, analysis of digital imaging practices, and training for Afghan cultural heritage professionals.

Jennifer Talken-Spaulding is the Regional Cultural Anthropologist for the NPS National Capital Region. She manages multiple applied anthropology projects and a student internship program in support of national park units in three states and the District of Columbia. Research topics include contemporary communities, heritage preservation, and urban subsistence fishing.

Tom Fish is the National Coordinator for the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU) Network. Tom works across government, academia, and the NGO community to facilitate collaborative research, technical assistance, and education/capacity development in support of public trust resource stewardship. Tom's work covers a wide range of topics relating to land use planning, marine conservation, applied social science and human dimensions, and training for protected area managers in the U.S. and abroad.



March 4th, 2015: Partnering Anthropology and Evaluation:What do we gain? A presentation by Mary Butler


This webinar will look at how evaluation and anthropology can be mapped onto each other to create Evaluation Anthropology, an approach to value questions that is stronger than either approach alone for evaluations of programs that are culturally embedded. We will look at how evaluation and anthropology reinforce one another, building methods and theories in Evaluation Anthropology and how our training as anthropologists supports out work as evaluators.

What is Evaluation Anthropology and how do we use it?

2. The contribution of evaluation

3. The contribution of evaluation

4. Building Theory: The role of science

5. Building Methods: The role of ethnography

6. Pitfalls: Common problems with client assumptions

7. Evaluation Planning: One way to do it.

8. Mixed Methods: Synthesis of Qualitative and Quantitative Data

9. What qualifies anthropologists to do Evaluation Anthropology

10. What skills do I need to add.


Mary Odell Butler is an anthropologist-evaluator with 35 years of experience in research design, management, and supervision of evaluations and other research projects and 12 years of university teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels.She has special expertise in program evaluation, evaluation research, and case study methods and have conducted numerous projects for CDC, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and private foundations.

She is employed by Westat as a Senior Analyst supporting work in public health program evaluation.She is retired from twenty years as a Research Leader and Office Director at the Battelle Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation.She is an adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland and at the University of North Texas. In this capacity she teaches graduate courses in evaluation.Among her publications is Evaluation: A Culture Systems Approach, in press for release in summer 2015 and Creating Evaluation Anthropology: Introducing and Emerging Sub-Field (NAPA Bulletin 24, 2005).




February 18, 2015: Sometimes Practice Makes Perfect:  Cultural Changes in the Training of Anthropologists with Elizabeth Briody

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If you are either a faculty member or a student interested in training related to professional anthropological careers, this webinar is for you!

Interest in anthropological practice has never been higher.Students continue to seek greater job market preparation yet many faculty wonder how to help them.We will talk about:

1. Key differences between "traditional" anthropology programs and applied/practicing-oriented programs

2. Commonalities across high performing applied programs

3. Four distinct models of program effectiveness, highlighting the cultures of the University of Memphis, University of Maryland-College Park, Northern Arizona University, and the University of North Texas

4. If you are a faculty member: How do you build a program with a focus on application and practice?

5. If you are a student: How do you choose a program that will work for you?


Elizabeth K. Briody, Ph.D. is Founder and Principal of Cultural Keys LLC, a firm that helps companies and nonprofits understand and address organizational and cultural-change issues. Briody has helped clients in many industries, including those at General Motors where she worked for 24 years. She is currently a member of the AAA Executive Board and just completed her service as Chair of the AAA Working Group on Mentoring.

The event is complimentary, and you can view it here, a YouTube video will be made available shortly.




December 17, 2014: Mastering the Campus Visit with Karen Kelsky

karenDr. Karen Kelsky is the founder and principal of The Professor Is In, a blog and business dedicated to helping Ph.D.s turn their advanced degrees into jobs.  A former R1 tenured professor in Anthropology, and department head in the Humanities, Dr. Karen demystifies the unspoken rules that govern university hiring. In addition to blogging on every aspect of the job market, from building a competitive record and planning a publishing trajectory, to writing job applications, interviewing, and negotiating an offer, Dr. Karen works directly with clients on their individual job searches.  She also has a book in press with Random House, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job.  It comes out August 4, 2015.

In this webinar, I walk you through the basic expectations and potential pitfalls of the dreaded Campus Visit (sometimes called a Fly-Out) in Anthropology.  There will be time for Q and A at the end, so bring questions!  We will examine:

 -The basic organization of a campus visit  -The job talk and Q and A
 -The single biggest pitfall for candidates  -The teaching demo
 -The initial arrangements and scheduling  -Handling meals gracefully
 -Preparing for the visit  -What to wear, especially in cold weather
- Meetings throughout the day




November 5, 2014: Social Network Analysis for Qualitative Research

Samuel Gerald Collins

Samuel Gerald Collins is an anthropologist at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.  His research examines the urban as the confluence of people and social media.  He is the author of various books, book chapters and articles, among them All Tomorrow's Cultures: Anthropological Engagements With the Future (Berghahn, 2008), Library of Walls (2009) and, along with co-author Matthew Durington, Networked Anthropology (Routledge, 2014).  He is currently in Seoul on a Fulbright Grant.

Webinar Summary:

1. Terms for Social Network Analysis.

2. Using NodeXL

3. Case Study 1: Who are my interlocutors?

4. Case Study 2: Where is my field site?

5. Case Study 3: What happened to my research?

6. Additional Resources



October 15, 2014: Mobile Economies


In September 2014 Apple unveiled its new iPhone 6, which also features Apple Pay, a mobile payment system. Although mobile payments have been slow to take off in the United States and other countries, they are extremely popular in Kenya, where billions of dollars are transacted by almost 20 million account holders.  Development economists hope that mobile money will be a part of a new "cash-light" future, bringing the benefits of financial inclusion to millions in developing settings.

The webinar takes an anthropological view of mobile money in Western Kenya as a form of communication, shaped by local cultures of friendship and kinship, and by the direct and often private connections that mobile phones allow. I use social network analysis to examine features such as reciprocity, centrality, and brokerage in the social networks of mobile money. This webinar will engage us in a conversation about the use of mobile phones cross culturally, and about how we can use new methods to understand the cultural and social impact of mobile phones. 

Sibel Kusimba is an anthropologist in residence at American University.  She has been conducting anthropological fieldwork in Kenya since 1993.  Her initial research interests were in Paleolithic, protohistoric and recent hunter-gatherers; her 2003 book, African Foragers, was named an outstanding academic book by the American Library Association.  Since living through the mobile phone revolution in Africa, her interests have turned to the social and cultural impact of mobile phone communication, in particular the use of mobile money.  For two field seasons she has traced the social networks of mobile money in families and communities, sponsored by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion at the University of California at Irvine.



September 17, 2014: Ken C Erickson

KenDoing “Consumer” Anthropology, Warnings and Advice*

Dr. Erickson is the CEO of PacEth -- a small market and design research firm that uses anthropological methods to help organizations understand consumers and design better products and services for them -- and International Business faculty member at the Darla Moore School of Business, U. South Carolina

Whether its burgers or Boeing, anthropological technique and theory have found significant purchase in the business world.  Sometimes.  The questions Anthropologists ask often lead to discomfiting revisions in thinking about who buys products and services and what using or experiencing them means.  Bringing anthropological stories to the enterprise table can even raise fundamental questions about the nature of business.

Fundamental questions (about value, valuation, sustainability, and suffering caused by organizations, for example) need not be laid aside while asking and answering enterprise tactical questions. Using video examples and tales from the field, this webinar offers tips and tricks for finding an anthropological focus that can be heard and, sometimes, become levers to think about and change organizational practices.

You can now view the recording of the webinar here.



May 8, 2014: Harjant Gill

Harjant GillEthnography And Film

On May 8, 2014 at 2 PM Harjant Gill will lead the fourth installment of AAA's Webinar Wednesday (mixing it up on THURSDAY).  Harjant Gill is an assistant professor of anthropology at Towson University, Maryland. He received his PhD from American University in 2012. His research examines the intersections of masculinity, modernity and migration in India. Gill is also an award-winning filmmaker and has made several films that have screened at film festivals and academic conferences worldwide. His latest documentary, Roots of Love explores the changing significance of hair and turban among Sikhs and is currently being screened on BBC World News, BBC America, Doordarshan (Indian National TV) and on PBS channels nationwide. Gill is currently co-directing the Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA) Film & Media Festival. His website is

Harjant's full film can be viewed here.



May 5, 2014: Nicholas Wade and Agustin Fuentes

A Troublesome Inheritance - A discussion on genes, race and human history with author Nicholas Wade and Agustin Fuentes

On May 5, 2014 at 1pm a lively discussion between author Nicholas Wade and anthropologist Agustin Fuentes will be moderated by AAA Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow. You can view the webinar straight from WebEx here, or view it on YouTube here.

Nicholas Wade (c)-New York TimesNicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King's College, Cambridge. He was deputy editor of Nature magazine in London and then became that journal's Washington correspondent. He joined Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating his writing on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and a science editor. Wades latest book A Troublesome Inheritance: Genes, Race and Human History (Penguin Press) will be available on May 6.



Augustin FuentesAgustín Fuentes, trained in zoology and anthropology, is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. His research delves into the how and why of being human. From chasing monkeys in the jungles and cities of Asia, to exploring the lives of our evolutionary ancestors, to examining what people actually do across the globe, Professor Fuentes is interested in both the big questions and the small details of what makes humans and our closest relatives tick. Fuentes is author of Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths About Human Nature (University of California Press).








March 19, 2014: Mark Aldenderfer: The Bar is Very High: Academic Dossier Evaluation and What to Expect

Mark Aldenderfer

Mark Aldenderfer, UC Merced will lead the third installment of AAA's Webinar Wednesday series. Presenting on the topic of academic dossier evaluation, Mark will address topics that include:

Crafting tenure dossiers and the importance of publishing records (including online publishing)

The realities of what PhDs can expect during the tenure evaluation process and being prepared

Department culture and the expectations of deans, chairs, admins and colleagues

The webinar will be of particular interest to graduate students, recent PhDs, as well as AAA Section Leadership and volunteers.

Mark S. Aldenderfer is an American anthropologist and archaeologist. He is the Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts at the University of California, Merced. He has served as Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Aldenderfer received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 1977. He is known in particular for his comparative research into high-altitude adaptation and for contributions to quantitative methods in archaeology. He has also served as editor of several journals in anthropology and archaeology.

Missed the webinar? Download and view it by clicking here. Download the webinar's presentation here.



February 19, 2014: Rosemary Joyce

Rosemary JoyceBest  Practices: Recruitment and Retention of underrepresented minorities into anthro programs
On February 19, 2014 at 2pm ET, AAA will host a webinar event with Dr Rosemary Joyce on the topic of Best Practices:Recruitment and  Retention of Underrepresented Minorities in Anthropology Programs.The webinar will be of particular interest to anthropology students, faculty, department chairs and administrators. The program will cover topics such as:

  •Developing a pipeline—reaching out to minority students through strategic partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and  Universities, and professional organizations
  •Inclusive admissions processes—moving away from GRE scores to screen out applicants and looking carefully at GPAs and other indications of academic merit
  •Mentoring for retention and completionclearly defined benchmarks of progress, and formal required consultation of students and faculty to communicate progress and benchmarks
Rosemary Joyce
, Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, received the PhD from the University of  Illinois-Urbana in 1985. Currently Associate Dean of the Graduate Division at  Berkeley, she oversees graduate admissions, academic careers, and professional development that annually produce the largest number of doctorates granted to students from under-represented populations. As a member of the anthropological  archaeology program at Berkeley, she was a co-recipient of the Leon Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service from the Committee on Student Diversity and Academic Development of Berkeley's Academic Senate in recognition of the success of the program in increasing diversity. She has been a mentor of undergraduates in the McNair and Mellon-Mays programs and in the UC Presidential Postdoctoral program intended to increase diversity among faculty in academia.

Click here to review the recorded event

Click here to download a PDF of the PowerPoint used in the webinar.

Password: anthropology



January 22, 2014: Riall Nolan

Riall NolanThe webinar topic is professional development and career building for  anthropologists outside of the academy.

Program topics will include CV writing, job search tips, interviewing and more.

This webinar will be of particular interest to advanced graduate students, those who have recently earned their PhD and those seeking practicing anthropology careers.

Click here to view the recorded session

Click here to download the PowerPoint used in the webinar


Make sure to download all necessary software before the event begins.

Password: anthropology   

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