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…Celebrating our diverse community of anthropologists who represent 40 specialized sections that work as one to advance knowledge and solve human problems.

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Anthropology and Environment Society (A&E)

Susan Crate, A&E

Susan A. Crate, Ph.D.
Professor, George Mason University
AAA Member Since 2005 | A& E Member Since 2013

"Since 1991 I have worked with Viliui Sakha communities of northeastern Siberia, Russia. In 2006 we began investigating the changes in their local weather and seasonal timing that concerned them and were increasingly challenging their horse and cattle subsistence practices. I am committed to advocating the importance of anthropological insights in climate research and recently worked on a documentary, The Anthropologist, to try and communicate the issue more broadly.  I am AAA."

 

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Association of Black Anthropologists (ABA)

Bianca Williams, ABA

Bianca C. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
AAA Member Since 2012 | ABA Member Since 2012

"The Association of Black Anthropologists' legacy of mentoring and political organizing has always grounded me and pushed me to do better in my scholarship, teaching, and service to our discipline. The dynamic anthropologists that make up this community are aware that our work--ALL of our work--whether it be in the field, in the classroom, or in the streets, can contribute to social transformation. If anthropology’s mission is truly to "make the world safe for human difference,” as Ruth Benedict claimed, then I am AAA because of the work of ABA. They continue to affirm my commitment to fighting for justice and equity using my anthropological training, tools, and skills."

 

Kimberley McKinson, ABA

Kimberley McKinson
Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Irvine
AAA Member Since 2012 | ABA Member Since 2012

"I am AAA because, as a Jamaican anthropologist, I proudly stand on the shoulders of Zora Neale Hurston and use the spyglass of anthropology to imagine the Caribbean as a space that disturbs, disrupts and opens up new ways for engaging disciplinary epistemologies and methods."




Donna Auston, ABA

Donna Auston
Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University
AAA Member Since 2013 | ABA Member Since 2013

"As an activist-scholar and woman of color who works in communities directly impacted by racialized violence, Islamophobia, and other forms of discrimination, I especially value my connection to the ABA community. There I find a vibrant, dynamic, intellectual space full of professionals whose commitment to scholarship and teaching is fundamentally shaped by generations of social justice oriented academics--scholars who model the likes of W.E.B. DuBois, Zora Neale Hurston, and William Montague Cobb.  The people whose lives we enter as anthropologists are real, the issues affecting their lives are always more than academic exercises, and the work we do never exists in a vacuum.  Having a professional space which honors and cultivates this type of scholarship is necessary, and invaluable. I am AAA."

Kalfani Ture, ABA

Kalfani Ture
Ph.D. Candidate, Winthrop University
AAA Member Since 2001 | ABA Member Since 2001

"I am AAA. Anthropology's multi-disciplinary breadth, personally and professionally, allowed me to understand the urban condition of African American communities and to chart meaningful solutions. Through my presence within and advocacy for the increased diversity of African Americans, particularly African American males in anthropology, I hope to increase the recruitment, retention and promotion of people of color in the discipline. If future generations of African Americans are to realize the value of this discipline, then there needs to be a higher visibility of African Americans here."

Elgin Klugh, ABA

Elgin L. Klugh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Coppin State University
AAA Member Since 2003 | ABA Member Since 2003

"Anthropology is the venue through which am I am able to align my curiosities and my passion with my professional life.  As an applied anthropologist, I am interested in ways that anthropological knowledge can be used to improve lives and communities. I am AAA."

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Archaeology Division (AD)

Lisa Lucero, AD

Lisa Lucero, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
AAA Member Since 1992 | AD Member Since 1992

"I am AAA. I value the key importance of a multidimensional approach to understanding who we are, from where we came, and where we are going.  I study the impact of climate change on the Classic Maya and other pre-modern societies to cull lessons from the past that have a bearing on the present."

Tiffany Cain, AD

Tiffany Cain
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
AAA Member Since 2010 | AD Member Since 2010

"Archaeology's concerns, its subject matter, who it chooses to serve, are all changing. It is more important than ever that as archaeologists we recognize that we are anthropologists, we are AAA."

Anna Agbe-Davies, AD

Anna Agbe-Davies, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
AAA Member Since 1998 | AD Member Since 1998

“I am an archaeologist because we can’t understand our present without understanding our past.  I am the AAA.”

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Association for Feminist Anthropology (AFA)

M. Gabriela Torres, AFA

M. Gabriela Torres, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Wheaton College
AAA Member Since 2001 | AFA Member Since 2013

"I am AAA and a feminist anthropologist because understanding gender inequity matters to solving the key issues facing of our world.”

Carla Jones, AFA  

Carla Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Colorado
AAA Member Since 1994 | AFA Member Since 1994

"I am AAA, because anthropology and feminism were made for each other. As a feminist anthropologist, I love that I get to think about the things that are taken for granted.”

Jennie E Burnet, AFA

Jennie E. Burnet, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Georgia State University
AAA Member Since 1997 | AFA Member Since 1997

"I am AAA because women and girls everywhere deserve a say in peace negotiations and rebuilding their societies.”

Carla Freeman, AFA

Carla Freeman, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty, Emory University
AAA Member Since 2011 | AFA Member Since 2011

"I am AAA because rich ethnography and feminist critique are indispensable for interpreting and changing the world."

Elise Andaya, AFA  

Elise Andaya, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University at Albany
AAA Member Since 2001 | AFA Member Since 2001

"I am AAA, because now more than ever we need feminist and intersectional voices to speak up and to speak out"

Erica Lorraine Williams, AFA

Erica Lorraine Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Spelman College
AAA Member Since 2005 | AFA Member Since 2005

I am AAA because of the rich legacy of black feminist anthropologists who have come before me.”

Meena Khandelwal, AFA

Meena Khandelwal, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Iowa
AAA Member Since 1992 | AFA Member Since 1992

I am AAA because anthropology helps us demonstrate that familiar gender arrangements and their attached meanings are neither universal nor inevitable.”

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Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA)

Mwenda Ntarangwi, AfAA

Mwenda Ntarangwi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Calvin College
AAA Member Since 2001 | AfAA Member Since 2001

I am AAA because through it I found a community that shares my passion for a nuanced understanding of cultural life in Africa.”

 Anita Spring, AfAA

Anita Spring, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of Florida
AAA Member Since 1966 | AfAA Member Since 2001

I am AAA because of my passion for doing anthropological studies across the African continent on agriculture and its development, food security, entrepreneurship (from micro to global), and women and gender issues. I aim for ethnographic accuracy and collaborative teamwork on these topics.” 

Richard Werbner, AfAA  

Richard Werbner, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of Manchester
AAA Member Since 1979 | AfAA Member Since 2013

I am AAA. My current research on grassroots ecumenism as a popular movement in Africa makes a timely difference to our recognition of the importance in everyday life of tolerance, inter-denominational cooperation, and religious rapprochement. My interests grew from witnessing funerals during fieldwork in Botswana over some fifty years, first as a young student and now as an emeritus professor. Working with an interdisciplinary, global team of anthropologists, social historians, and scholars of religious studies, I have focused on problems of reconciliation and forgiveness in post-conflict societies and ecumenical and anti-ecumenical tensions in other, more peaceful societies.”

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Association of Senior Anthropologists (ASA)

Ralph Bolton, ASA

Ralph Bolton, Ph.D.
President, The Chijnaya Foundation
AAA Member Since 1966 | ASA Member Since 1966

I AM AAA. I have spent my entire lifetime as an anthropologist seeking to understand the human condition. Motivated by the conviction that anthropological knowledge has a critical role to play in finding solutions to problems of poverty, sickness, social conflicts and injustice, it has been my privilege to work on such issues as HIV/AIDS prevention, the global struggle for LGBT rights, and the welfare of rural families in the highlands of southern Peru. For me, anthropology is a way of life and a lifelong commitment, not merely a career.”

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Culture and Agriculture (C&A)

David Meek, C&A

David Meek, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama
AAA Member Since 2012 | C&A Member Since 2013

“My research explores how cultural traditions provide opportunities and constraints towards advancing sustainable agriculture.…I am AAA.”

Mary Beth Schmid, C&A

Mary Beth Schmid
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Kentucky
AAA Member Since 2009 | C&A Member Since 2009

“My research investigates the nexus of agricultural livelihoods, immigration, kinship, and transnational knowledge to support transitions to more equitable agri-food systems. I am AAA.”

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Evolutionary Anthropology Society (EAS)

James Holland Jones, EAS

James Holland Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Stanford University
AAA Member Since 2004 | EAS Member Since 2004

I am AAA. I don’t really fit neatly anywhere and never have. Am I a natural scientist, social scientist, demographer, disease ecologist, epidemiologist, or social networks researcher? Am I a theoretician, a data analyst, an applied researcher, a field researcher, or a modeler? I am, in fact, a little bit of all of them because I am an anthropologist. In an era of intense specialization, anthropology still affords me the opportunity -- sometimes begrudgingly -- to be a generalist and employ whatever tools it takes to ask the questions that nag at me about the human condition.” Indeed, the ability to negotiate pluralistic approaches to understanding human behavior at different levels of organization and from varying perspectives is the anthropologist’s greatest asset and the hope for the continued relevance of our discipline."



Michelle Night Pipe, EAS

Michelle Night Pipe
Ph.D. Candidate, Rutgers University
AAA Member Since 2012 | EAS Member Since 2012

I am AAA. I am holistic. I attempt to understand every facet of the complex issues that I study. I am sociocultural. I appreciate how society’s structures and institutions intersect with enculturated, embodied individuals. I am evolutionary. I integrate insights from the study of human evolution, especially as it affects human behavior, because I believe that we, as a species, suffer from a basic lack of understanding as to our nature as human beings. It is my hope that with understanding will come the ability to change. As anthropologists, we are facing unprecedented political challenges, the looming upheaval wrought by global climate change, and pending mass extinction. I will remain an advocate, an activist, and an ally, working throughout my professional career in an attempt to solve humanity’s most serious problems. ”

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Middle East Section (MES)

Giulia El Dardiry, MES

Giulia El Dardiry
Ph.D. Candidate, McGill University
AAA Member Since 2011 | MES Member Since 2011

I am AAA because I am a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology whose work explores the dynamics of Iraqi and Syrian displacements into Jordan, particularly the everyday relations, solidarities, and frictions between refugees and host communities."

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National Association for the Practice Of Anthropology (NAPA)

Cathleen Crain, NAPA

Cathleen Crain
Partner, LTG Associates, Inc.
AAA Member Since 1985 | NAPA Member Since 2012

I am AAA. I am a professional anthropologist and I believe in possibilities and potential. I believe in the future of anthropology as a fully integrated discipline with a home for professional/practicing/applied anthropologists.  I believe in the power, sensitivity, and importance of the tools of anthropology to understand and help to address the complex problems that face our and each generation.”

Taapsi Ramchandani, NAPA

Taapsi Ramchandani
Ph.D. Candidate, Syracuse University
AAA Member Since 2013 | NAPA Member Since 2013

I am AAAI am AAA. As a student of applied research, I believe real conversations can lead to real change. I am a lover of diversity and live it every day. I was born in India, trained in the United States and do research in Trinidad. For me, anthropology is a way of life that acknowledges the power of social networks and the magic of observation."

Joshua Liggett, NAPA

Joshua Liggett
Research Specialist, Uplift Family Services
AAA Member Since 2012 | NAPA Member Since 2014

I am AAA...not because of years of study or those embroiled in research and applied work (though, these certainly help), but for the questions that burn from the core of my being as to why we are as we are and why we do what we do. Answering these writhing and slippery questions are the force behind all of our invaluable efforts: evaluative, arcane, or to gather knowledge for its own sake. All that we do, we do together! I am AAA because we are AAA."

Tara Hefferan, NAPA

Tara Hefferan, Ph.D.
Affiliate Professor, Grand Valley State University
AAA Member Since 2012 | NAPA Member Since 2014

I am AAA because social inequalities are human creations that can be dismantled.  Anthropologists have the necessary tools.”

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National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA)

Catherine Whittaker, NASA

Catherine Whittaker
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Edinburgh
AAA Member Since 2015 | NASA Member Since 2016

“My deep concern over global inequalities has led me to pursuing a PhD in social anthropology. Convinced that local knowledge is crucial to creating effective policies of affirmative action, I have studied gender violence and the politics of indigeneity in the rural south of Mexico City by interviewing women's groups, medical professionals, politicians, teachers, and police. Anthropology is uniquely equipped to mapout larger connections, and facilitate communication between different sides and actors in the fields of human rights, gender rights, and environmental justice, while also questioning the very meaning and divisibility of these domains. I AM AAA.”

Veronica Sirotic, NASA

Veronica Sirotic
Undergraduate Student, University of Virginia
AAA Member Since 2016 | NASA Member Since 2016

“I am a college student and a budding anthropologist. I am drawn to the idea of seeing the world with different perspectives and solving problems through cross-cultural collaboration. College is a place where many different cultures and backgrounds converge and I have found that the skill set I have acquired from anthropology does not end in the classroom. I work with many different social justice organizations to advocate for survivors of rape and sexual assault. I am particularly interested in the execution of anthropology through different media and the ethics of representation. In the future, I hope to do field research and conduct ethnography surrounding rape culture and party culture at UVA. I am AAA.”

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Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges (SACC)

Amanda Wolcott Paskey, SACC

Amanda Wolcott Paskey
Professor, Cosumnes River College
AAA Member Since 2001 | SACC Member Since 2001

I am AAA. Every day I expose lower division, general education students in my classes to the field of anthropology. As a community college professor, I need to be holistic, as I have to teach across all the sub-disciplines and subfields of anthropology. I am also a teacher-practitioner.”

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Society for the Anthropology Of Work (SAW)

Carrie Lane, SAW

Carrie Lane, Ph.D.
Professor, California State University, Fullerton
AAA Member Since 2000 | SAW Member Since 2000

My work is fueled by the conversations, collaborations, and camaraderie I have shared with other anthropologists. I am AAA.”

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Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA)

Susana Narotzky, SEA

Susana Narotzky
Professor, Universitat de Barcelona
AAA Member Since 1985 | SEA Member Since 2016

“To someone based in Europe, AAA offers the opportunity to engage in conversations with many international colleagues working on themes that intersect with my interests and in different world regions that enhance the comparative aspect of debates around particular issues. I am AAA.”



Raul Oka, SEA

Raul C. Oka, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
AAA Member Since 2005 | SEA Member Since 2013

“As an economic anthropologist, I use archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data from port cities and merchants across the Indian Ocean to study the evolution of trade, commerce, and finance in human societies. This integrative approach has also enabled me to investigate the complex social economies of refugee camps and conflict zones in Northwestern Kenya. Now I have been engaged with UNHCR, the World Bank, and the local governments to encourage them to move away from the refugee encampment paradigm toward self-sustaining settlements for refugees and hosts together. The AAA supports building historically and culturally sensitive, and scientifically valid and actionable knowledge for understanding the past, present, and the future. I am AAA.”




Caitlin Zaloom, SEA

Caitlin Zaloom, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, New York University
AAA Member Since 1996 | SEA Member Since 2013

 “I am AAA. I study the financial economy. In advanced market economies, finance is the hidden infrastructure of both seemingly impersonal domains, like the complex global economy, as well as our most intimate territories, like family life. My research examines how systems of credit, debt, and money management shape the problems we face, the way we think, how we treat each other and understand ourselves.”

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Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA)

Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz, SLACA

Steffan Igor Ayora-Diaz, Ph.D.
Professor,  Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
AAA Member Since 1992 | SLACA Member Since 1992

I am AAA. My work has focused on the culinary and gastronomic traditions of the Yucatán, paying special attention to the simultaneity of change and preservation of cooking and eating habits, and of regionalist and cosmopolitan dispositions. Being a member of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology has led me to take into account wider and fluid processes whereby concepts such as “translocality” and the “politics of identity,” as well as postcolonial theory have proven useful tools of ethnographic analysis. I have always found that the AAA fosters intellectual development and provides bridges between academics from different cultures and societies.”

Matthew Lebrato, SLACA

Matthew J. Lebrato
Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington
AAA Member Since 2013 | SLACA Member Since 2013

"AAA is building new connections, reaching new audiences and publics, and exploring new ways of knowing. SLACA is at the forefront of this work, examining and transgressing boundaries and borders in Latin America and the Caribbean. All these elements guide my research, scholarship, and teaching, and that is why I am AAA."

Lisa Breglia, SLACA

Lisa Breglia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, George Mason University
AAA Member Since 1997 | SLACA Member Since 1997

I am AAA because I am committed now more than ever to promoting a nuanced, empirically-based, humanistic and ethical understanding of Latin America in a global context. Whether interacting with my students or with the public at large, I am gratified to be part of a dynamic community of scholars, practitioners, and activists whose work, alongside my own two decades of ethnographic research in Mexico, can provide a powerful counter narrative to the dangerous and destructive myths circulating in the popular media about Latin America, Latinos in the US, and border regions.

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Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA)

Mika Kadono, SMA

Mika Kadono
Ph.D. Candidate | MPH Graduate Student, University of South Florida
AAA Member Since 2016 | SMA Member Since 2016

I am AAA. Through medical anthropology, I am able to weave together my interest in infectious diseases with the cultural, political, and economic facets of health and illness. I am able to work across disciplines to gain a better understanding of peoples’ lived experiences, toward finding effective ways to address health disparities.”

Emily Mendenhall, SMA  

Emily Mendenhall, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
AAA Member Since 2012 | SMA Member Since 2013

"Working as a medical anthropologist enables me to bring a critical eye to some of the most challenging global health problems. Some told me that having children before tenure would put my career, which involves deep personal commitments to social justice, on hold.  But finding balance in your life -- in whatever form that looks like to you -- cannot be put on hold. I am an academic mama, and proud to bring up budding feminists who can face big challenges for our future. I am AAA."

Dana Ketcher, SMA

Dana Ketcher, MPH, CPH
Research Assistant II, Moffitt Cancer Center
AAA Member Since 2015 | SMA Member Since 2015

"I am AAA because I am passionate about investigating and understanding the intersection of humans and health - from genetic testing for hereditary cancer in the US to the impact of malaria on rural communities in Uganda, and everywhere in between!"

Lauren Penney, SMA

Lauren Penney, Ph.D.
Research Health Scientist, Veterans Health Administration
AAA Member Since 2012 | SMA Member Since 2013

"Every day, anthropology provides me the holistic framework for understanding the social relations and meanings that undergird how we differently experience health and wellness. Anthropology helps me go deep, to talk about the roots of inequalities and to start to implement and sustain better therapeutic practices. I am AAA."

Adrienne Strong, SMA

Adrienne Strong
Ph.D. Candidate, Washington University in St. Louis
AAA Member Since 2009 | SMA Member Since 2009

"Understanding maternal mortality requires working with and understanding history, communities, clinicians, governments, and pregnant women themselves; medical anthropology does just that. I am AAA because I have seen first-hand how medical anthropology can help save pregnant women's lives when clinicians alone cannot."

Anatilde Idoyaga Molina, SMA

Anatilde Idoyaga Molina, Ph.D.
Director, The Argentine Center of American-Ethnology
AAA Member Since 2016 | SMA Member Since 2016

"I am AAA because medical anthropology allows me to understand the variety of meanings therapeutic choices have for members of different socioeconomic sectors, with diverse multiethnic and cultural backgrounds. They shed light not only on the essence of health and illness constructs but also on how we may signify human behavior."

Mercedes Saizar, SMA  

Mercedes Saizar, Ph.D.
Professor, Universidad Nacional de las Artes
AAA Member Since 2017 | SMA Member Since 2017

"I am AAA because I am passionate about the multiple ways of seeing the world and of inhabiting it. Particularly, I am interested in medical anthropology because it allows me to understand the meanings one gives to personal experiences of suffering."

Seth Holmes, SMA

Seth Holmes, Ph.D., M.D.
Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley
AAA Member Since 2000 | SMA Member Since 2000

"Medical anthropology offers us the theories and methods to understand and respond to many of the most critical issues of our time.  I am passionate to use these tools collaboratively to confront the health and health care problems of immigrants and refugees in the United States and around the world. I am AAA. "  

Matthew Dudgeon, SMA

Matthew R. Dudgeon, M.D. Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor, Emory University
AAA Member Since 1998 | SMA Member Since 1998

“As an internal medicine physician, I work on the front lines of healthcare at one of the highest acuity hospitals in the country.  I apply my training as a medical anthropologist every day, providing culturally sensitive care to our diverse patient population. I teach those same skills to our medical students and residents, both at the bedside and in the classroom. And I continue research in medical anthropology, participating in projects investigating HIV, Hepatitis C, and emerging infections, and bringing an ethnographic perspective to hospital medicine practice. I am AAA .”

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Society for Psychological Anthropology (SPA)

Tanya Luhrmann, SPA

Tanya Luhrmann, Ph.D.
Watkins University Professor, Stanford University
AAA Member Since 1983 | SPA Member Since 1983

I am AAA. My work focuses on the edge of experience: on voices, visions, the world of the supernatural and the world of psychosis. I set out to understand the phenomenology of unusual sensory experiences, the way they are shaped by ideas about minds and persons, and what we can learn from this social shaping that can help us to help those whose voices give them pain and to understand those whose voices bring them joy.”

Lesley Jo Weaver, SPA

Lesley Jo Weaver, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor, The University of Alabama
AAA Member Since 2012 | SPA Member Since 2012

I am AAA. My research on mental health and health disparities is at the heart of AAA’s mission to address human suffering around the globe. My recent work has examined the biocultural processes behind high rates of diabetes and depression among women in India. In addition to ethnography, it offers culturally grounded methodological approaches to supplement efforts in global mental health to measure and treat mental health cross-culturally.”

Rebecca Lester, SPA  

Rebecca Lester, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
AAA Member Since 1992 | SPA Member Since 1992

“Anthropology challenges us to continually reach beyond our own horizons, to appreciate all the complex and intricate ways that human beings embrace and are embraced by the world. I am AAA.”

Neely Myers, SPA

Neely Myers, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Southern Methodist University
AAA Member Since 2002 | SPA Member Since 2002

I am AAA I am engaged in long-term ethnographic research on culture, subjectivity and the understanding and treatment of psychosis in local moral worlds. My work uses medical and psychological anthropological theory and methods to investigate how social and historical contexts shape self-care, care giving, and systems of care for people with serious mental illness in the US and Tanzania.”

Richard Zimmer, SPA

Richard Zimmer, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Sonoma State University
AAA Member Since 1993 | SPA Member Since 1993

I am AAA. I am both an anthropologist and psychologist.  In my scholarly work I have addressed how one has to factor in cultural factors of all sorts in addressing clinical issues of seniors, special needs populations, children, and people significantly different from one's self. This is true as a researcher and as a clinician and it is the mission SPA continues to address.”  

Ipsita Dey, SPA

Ipsita Dey
Undergraduate Student, University of California, Los Angeles
AAA Member Since 2017 | SPA Member Since 2017

"As an undergraduate anthropology student conducting ethnographic research for a grant-funded thesis, I study post-traumatic recovery in domestic violence survivors. In the near future, I hope to conduct a similar project for graduate studies in psychological anthropology. I am most excited to engage the unique and valuable perspectives of anthropology in future innovation, intervention, and application. I am AAA."

 

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Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology (SUNTA)

Susan Hill, SUNTA

Susan Hill
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
AAA Member Since 2013 | SUNTA Member Since 2014

I am AAA because I bring an ethnographic lens to underemployment in the American city." 

Camille Frazier, SUNTA

Camille Frazier
Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles
AAA Member Since 2011 | SUNTA Member Since 2017

"I am AAA because I believe that anthropology transforms how we approach and understand our world. Ethnographic insights into globally pressing issues such as urbanization and climate change have never been more critical than in the present moment. It is my goal to contribute such insights, both through my own ethnographic research examining shifting food supply systems in Bangalore, India, and through my work as an educator."

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Society for Visual Anthropology (SVA)

Harjant Gill, Society for Visual Anthropology

Harjant S. Gill
Assistant Professor, Townson University
AAA Member Since 2004 | SVA Member Since 2004

“As a South Asian anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker, I am driven by the compulsion to chronicle and preserve a snapshot of the lives of people in places I study - often in remote corners of India, the nation of my birth. These places are undergoing rapid transformation while people struggle to keep up with the dizzying pace of social and cultural change. It is an intensely intimate act, knowing that the representations I create today through the lens of my camera will exist far into the future as perhaps the only tangible memories of communities where I conduct my research and of worlds to which I too belong. The job of collective memory making, which is to a large degree what the business of visual ethnography is about, brings with it a great deal of responsibility. I am AAA.”

Rachel Ward, Society for Visual Anthropology

Rachel M. Ward
Ph.D. Candidate, Simon Fraser University
AAA Member Since 2015 | SVA Member Since 2015

I am AAA., an artist, and a researcher. As a PhD student, I’m exploring new mediums in the creation of an aesthetic, experimental, and interactive anthropology. I'm writing my doctoral thesis on how to use new digital technologies for ethnography while filming a virtual reality (VR) documentary. I believe that VR represents a groundbreaking way for anthropologists to share their fieldwork experiences with the public, as an applied teaching tool in the classroom, and as an artistic form of research-creation in the field of anthropology.”

 

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American Anthropological Association (Staff)

 Ed Liebow, American Anthropological Association

Edward Liebow
Executive Director, American Anthropological Association
AAA Member Since 1977

 “I am AAA. My career has focused on research in the public interest, and, more recently, serving the profession. This work has been dedicated to the search for upstream solutions in the policy realm, where small, manageable changes at key intervention points can have significant impacts in the quest for a more just and sustainable future. I now have the privilege of leading the AAA staff, where every day we have the opportunity to fully exercise the Association’s convening power and the power of voice to advance human understanding and apply that understanding to tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems.”

Leslie Walker, ABA

Leslie Paul Walker
Public Education Initiatives Manager, American Anthropological Association
AAA Member Since 2016 | ABA Member Since 2016

"I decided I wanted to be an anthropologist to advocate on behalf of vulnerable communities that are at risk of losing their homes, heritage, and natural environment. Many of these communities include people of color. Studying anthropology provided me with a broad set of tools for thinking about the world, the people who live in it, and how to use cultural knowledge to solve human issues. I am AAA."

Daniel Ginsberg, American Anthropological Association

Daniel Ginsburg, Ph.D.
Professional Fellow, American Anthropological Association
AAA Member Since 2014 | SLA Member Since 2015

“Before I joined AAA staff, I was a linguistic anthropologist of education doing research on communication in the mathematics classroom. I learned to treat teachers and students as authorities on their own lived experience, and to listen carefully to the way they talk and tell their stories. I’m working now to incorporate that philosophy into my research in the community of anthropologists. It’s interesting to see how students rank their career options on a survey, but it’s even more enlightening when you can also hear them explain how they have come to want what they want. While other scholarly societies often employ sociologists or education statisticians to do this sort of work, I believe that we need “thick data” to contextualize “big data” and help us reach real understanding. I am AAA."

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