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Dr. Elizabeth Chin has been selected to serve as editor-in-chief of the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) flagship journal, American Anthropologist (AA) effective July 1, 2020. The AAA Executive Board was pleased to make this appointment based on the innovative plans she presented to the international search committee, and the alignment of her editorial vision with the Association’s core publishing values of quality, breadth, accessibility, and sustainability.
“I'm excited to continue working to increase and deepen the reach and relevance of AA, both inside the discipline and beyond,” said Chin. “It's also an important moment in academic publishing. We are committed to making more of the highest quality work representing the breadth of a sprawling intellectual landscape as widely accessible as possible while covering the costs of curating, producing, distributing, indexing, and persistently archiving this important corpus of scholarly material.”
Dr. Chin, a professor at Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design, teaches in the Media Design Practices MFA program. Her scholarly work spans a variety of topics, including race and consumption. Dr. Chin also engages marginalized youth in collaboratively taking on the complexities of the world around them. She currently has projects in Los Angeles, Haiti, and has previously worked with partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, public schools, and Lekòl Kominotè Matènwa in Haiti. A specialist in Haitian folkloric dance, she has performed professionally and still occasionally teaches dance. Her work progressively examines the ethnographic voice with an eye toward decolonizing anthropological knowledge as it appears on the page.
As a professor at an art and design institution, Dr. Chin is looking forward to the opportunity to engage in new and innovative experiments. “I'm looking forward to being able to test or prototype ways of using virtual reality, for example, in conjunction with traditional outputs, and also working on graphic articles.”
Published quarterly, American Anthropologist reaches tens of thousands of researchers through more than 4,000 institutional subscribers worldwide, and one million article downloads annually. American Anthropologist advances the AAA’s mission by publishing articles that add to, integrate, synthesize and interpret anthropological knowledge; commentaries and essays on issues of importance to the discipline; and reviews of books, films, sound recordings, exhibits and websites.
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Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association, with 10,000 members, is the world’s largest scholarly and professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and applying this understanding to the world’s most pressing problems.