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AnthroCurrents – July 25, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Sex and Money

NAPA Career Profiles: John P. Mason

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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

AnthroCurrents – July 11, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Do-Gooders

NAPA Career Profiles: Jen Cardew Kersey

Jen Cardew Kersey is a former graduate of the University of North Texas, where she received her MA in Applied Anthropology. A member of the first class to enter UNT’s online Maters Program, Jen did her research comparing the experiences of online, and on-campus graduate experiences.

“I was lucky enough to go through two applied departments that focused on training for practitioners, so I left school very ready to handle clients, scope realistic research, work with others and have a small knowledge of business skills.”

After graduating, Jen began working as a research consultant. Starting in a small… Continue reading

Governing Council Today: Chad Morris, Ethics Committee

One of the roles that I’m honored to fill for NAPA is that of Chair of our Ethics Committee. We have a committee full of dedicated anthropologists who exhibit diverse interests and career experience, dedication to looking out for new ethical challenges that emerge as our discipline changes, and willingness to engage in discussion of best practices. I’ve asked a few of these good folks to share their backgrounds and what drew them to service to NAPA via our Ethics Committee:

Niel Tashima: I am one of the two Managing Partners in LTG Associates, Inc. We are the oldest anthropologically… Continue reading

AnthroCurrents – June 27, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

We’re #2!

Anthropology is ranked near the top of the Irish Independent’s list of the top 50 jobs of the future. As you read down the list, try not to feel too smug. We’ve all learned to take articles like this one with a grain of salt. (Bookmark it anyway.)

For the Children

NAPA Career Profiles: Jenny Masur

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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

AnthroCurrents – June 13, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

Sensibilities

SfAA 2015 Annual Meeting call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 75th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, March 24-28, 2015. The theme of the Program is “Continuity and Change.”

The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2014. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page (www.sfaa.net, click on “Annual Meeting”).

Please contact me if you have any questions.

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NAPA Career Profiles-Bryan Dennis

Bryan Dennis doesn’t consider himself to have had a “career’, but rather a professional journey that wasn’t exactly planned, and which he still continues to travel. That journey started with his graduate work at UCLA in Anthropology, where his academic focus took a very traditional approach.

“I was trained as a Mesoamericanist with dollops of archaeology, socio-cultural, physical, and zooarchaeology in the mix. I also actively pursued input from professors in Art History and History due to my interest in iconography and written texts. My research focused on the Mixtec peoples and specifically their socio-political organization as reflected in… Continue reading