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Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC)

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The Members’ Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) is convened by the Executive Board for the purpose of responding to AAA member needs and interests, with a particular focus on the key areas of ethics, human rights, labor and workforce, public policy, racialized minorities, gender equity, the practicing-applied-public sector, and world anthropologies as these areas relate to anthropology, anthropologists and the Association.

In keeping with the values of collaboration, dialogue, diversity, equity, solidarity and transparency, the committee is responsible for the implementation of the Association's education, advocacy and advisory program related to Anthropology and each of the following ongoing issues and engagements:

Special Projects

MPAAC was instrumental in the development of a new AAA Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault (PDF) in 2018.

Members of MPAAC are also responsible for monitoring human rights issues in Israel-Palestine with a special focus on violations related to academic freedom. The committee has produced two reports:

Membership and Appointment

The committee consists of 2 subcommittees, one AAA member-focused and the other, public-oriented. The committee is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association's ethics, rights, and status education and advisory, both internally with the membership of the AAA and externally with the people and groups with whom anthropologists work. AAA Member and Public-Oriented programs and projects are articulated and prioritized through dialogue at the intersection of the two sub-committees. Task forces and working groups are created as needed to respond to MPAAC priorities, determined in consultation with the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP).

23 member committee including the Chairs and EB Liaisons (if appointed)

1 overall chair: Tricia Redeker-Hepner (2016-2020)

2 subcommittee chairs: Susan Mazur-Stommen (2018-2021), Ramona Perez (2016-2019)       

10 elected members

8 appointed members

2 EB liaisons if appointed.

View the current MPAAC roster here.

Areas of Engagement

Minority Issues

Representatives: M. Gabriela Torres (2018-2021), Antoinette Jackson (2017-2020)

Focus: Foster professional advancement of U.S. racialized minorities in anthropology. Attract such minorities to and retain them in the discipline and the Association. Promote intellectual awareness within the discipline and Association of issues that face such minority anthropologists. Help define anthropology's role in U.S. discourses on racism.

World Anthropologies

Representatives: Chandana Mathur (2017-2019), Leila Rodriguez (2017-2020)

Focus: Identify significant issues that are shared among anthropologists from different nations. Develop clear objectives for drawing US and international anthropologists together in ways that benefit anthropology globally. Engage a diversity of international voices and perspectives and involve both academic and applied anthropologists in this endeavor.

Practicing/Applied Anthropology

Representatives: Pamela Rao (2018-2021), Mary Butler (2017-2019)

Focus: To explore and engage the range of issues that have emerged or are emerging as a result of the increasing employment of anthropologists outside of the academy doing work as practicing anthropologists, applied anthropologist and anthropologists in the public sector.


Representatives: Lise Dobrin (2017-2019), Chad Morris (2017-2020)


Human Rights

Representatives: Jaymelee Kim (2017-2020), Michael Perez (2017-2019)

Focus: To promote and protect human rights; to expand the definition of human rights within an anthropological perspective; to work internally with the membership of the AAA, to educate anthropologists, and to mobilize their support for human rights; to work externally with foreign colleagues, the people and groups with whom anthropologists work, and other human rights organizations to develop an anthropological perspective on human rights and consult with them on human rights violations and the appropriate actions to be taken; to influence and educate the media, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and decision makers in the private sector; to encourage research on all aspects of human rights from conceptual to applied.

Public Policy

Representatives: Thurka Sangaramoorthy (2018-2021), A. Katherine Lambert-Pennington (2017-2019)

Focus: To enhance the participation of AAA entities and members in the area of public policy and the visibility of contributions by anthropologists.

Gender Equity

Representatives: Dianna Shandy (2017-2020), Stevie Merino (2018-2021)

Focus: Monitor the status of gender equity in the discipline and the American Anthropological Association. Advise the Executive Board on the status of gender equity in the discipline and the Association to educate members.

Labor and Work Force

Representatives: Lavanya Murali (2017-2019), Jessica Mason (2018-2021)

Focus: To inform the AAA Executive Board, meetings staff, and membership about relevant issues related to labor and the workforce. 

Student Interests

Representatives: Taapsi Ramchandani (2017-2020), Krista Billingsley (2018-2021)


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