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The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that its membership has elected Dr. Ramona Pérez (San Diego State University) to serve as president-elect/vice president (2019-2021). Dr. Pérez will begin her term as president-elect/vice president at AAA’s Annual Meeting in November and will assume the office of president at the 2021 Meeting.
Dr. Pérez is professor of anthropology, presidential chair of Aztec culture and education, director of the Center for Latin American Studies, and chair of the institutional review board at San Diego State University (SDSU). Her long history of leadership experience within the Association includes a term as the co-chair of the Members Programmatic, Advisory, and Advocacy Committee as well as a term on AAA's Executive Board. Dr. Pérez also served as the president of the Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA), a AAA section, from 2008 through 2011.
"Ramona's leadership experiences reflect her commitment to collaboration, advocacy, transparency, ethical standards, and equity," said AAA's current President Alex Barker. "These experiences will serve her well in her efforts to shape the future of the Association."
As president, Dr. Pérez plans to build on the synergies developed by past leadership, broaden the Association's networks, and advance the AAA's contributions in public policy, research, and advocacy. She will work tirelessly to build an association that includes all aspects of anthropology and reaches across all tables to address critical global issues.