John P. Mason, a former president of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA), has crossed the many borders that define professional anthropology, including university teaching, an international organization, and NGO and for-profit private sector international development. He has traversed these borders, back and forth between academia and applied international work.
One of the major attractions of the profession for John was the freedom of choice, especially in selecting where to do fieldwork. The model posed by pastoral nomads, especially the Tuareg Berbers of North Africa and a romanticized sense of Lawrence of Arabia fed his appetite for getting to… Continue reading
Jenny Masur has dedicated over two decades of service to the National Park Service (NPS), a career trajectory she did not anticipate while in the academy. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, Masur co-edited a book of oral histories of Jewish women immigrants and completed her dissertation, “Work, Leisure and Obligation in an Andalusian Town.” Following her PhD, she worked on a postdoc examining city migrants in Madrid and later taught anthropology in Argentina through the Fulbright Program.
“I have worked for the last 16 years for a program of the NPS called the National Underground Railroad… Continue reading
Karen Greenough is a Junior Researcher working in Burkina Faso at the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL). Her career trajectory stemmed from her earlier work in Niger, where she was posted as a Peace Corps Volunteer and returned afterwards to live and learn about the region.
Greenough returned to the U.S. in 2001 to pursue a PhD in cultural anthropology with an emphasis on development at the University of Kentucky.
I focused on mobile Fulɓe pastoralists in Niger for both my thesis and my dissertation. After looking at several different… Continue reading
Ted (Edward C.) Green is perhaps most well known for his open critiques of the Western biomedical policies and practices of the AIDS establishment in its approach to Africa. Taking a more anthropological approach, Green has argued that effective solutions to decreasing HIV infection should be rooted in the cultural practices and indigenous knowledge of the peoples that public health organizations intend to help (skim to page 28 here for more on this topic).
Controversy aside, Green has had a long and successful career in medical anthropology, with a professional skill set that includes project design and… Continue reading