What “What” Was: Musings of your retired Treasurer (John Massad)
Be Treasurer of NAPA? You want me to do what? But, I had no idea what “what” was.
What was it to be Treasurer? What does one actually do? So, I blithely turned my head 5 years ago and got myself elected to see if I could find out. This past November, at the close of gavel of our annual business meeting, I retired. And as I look at my fine Certificate of Appreciation hanging in my home office, I find myself… Continue reading
In the latest NAPA Linked In profile, Mary Odell Butler discusses the
challenges she faced while building a career outside academia, as well as
the work she has been doing since to ensure that emerging professionals are
Be sure to check the interview with Mary as well as past interviews in the series!
The AAA annual meeting in Chicago last week was a lot of fun and a bundle of activity.
The NAPA Governing Council gathers during the meeting to discuss NAPA business and activities. To prepare for the discussion, committee chairs submit reports on committee activities and anticipated issues moving forward. These reports will be made public soon in the archives section of this website. It is planned that committee reports, which are produced twice annually (prior to the AAA and SfAA meetings), will be archived on this site, on an ongoing basis.
NAPA sponsored a number of activities, such as the… Continue reading
NAPA is well-represented on the AAA meeting program this year in Chicago, with three invited sessions and eleven additional sessions or roundtables. There are also 15 NAPA-sponsored workshops, covering a variety of topics from data sanitization to stress management to funding graduate school. The NAPA website has a listing by day of all the NAPA activities; navigate over using the “About” link on the dropdown menu above, or simply go to
You can also use the AAA website to search for particular days or sessions at:
There still may be time to register for a NAPA… Continue reading
Click the link to read the latest NAPA Profile on the NAPA LinkedIn page! AAA Executive Director and past NAPA President Ed Liebow talks about his history with NAPA, and shares some thoughts on the opportunities and challenges in practicing anthropology today.
Click here: http://lnkd.in/bQcSr4h
What do NAPA members want? What do NAPA members need? These are questions that NAPA leaders would like to address. However, with a diverse set of member practitioners employed in a broad spectrum of workplaces, with a range of wants and needs, divining the proper answers is challenging.
As noted two weeks ago by NAPA President Leni Bohren, one way NAPA hopes to address these questions is by being more proactively open and public about what NAPA is actually doing. That is one reason why we have launched this bi-weekly blog series featuring members of the Governing Council (aka the… Continue reading
This is Leni Bohren, the President of NAPA. I am excited to announce that, two weeks from now, members of the NAPA Governing Council will begin blogging regularly on this site. The goal is to keep NAPA members better informed and current about what is happening behind the scenes of NAPA, and to solicit your feedback. The Governing Council consists of both elected officials and committee chairs. Blog posts will include committee activities, news, updates, and really anything that is on the mind of the presenters. We will try to keep these on a bi-weekly schedule, appearing… Continue reading
The deadline for entries for the 2013 WAPA Praxis Award is fast approaching: July 1, 2013. Applications will not be accepted after that date.
For over three decades, the biennial Praxis Award has recognized outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action as reflected in a single project or specific, long-term endeavor. Submissions should clearly demonstrate how the applicant used anthropology to effectively address contemporary human problems. This is not a career or lifetime achievement award, but one that recognizes the value of applying anthropology to everyday problems and issues.
The competition for this prestigious award is open… Continue reading
From Wall Street to Wardrobe:
Your complete guide to the spring collection of the JBA
· The latest opinions on the anthropology of finance by Aihwa Ong, Benjamin Lee, Daromir Rudnyckyj, Hirokazu Miyazaki, and Melissa Fisher
· Organizational ethnographers in the age of financialization, by Galit Ailon
· The anthropology of Chinese capitalism in Southeast Asia, by Michiel Verver and Heidi Dahles
· … Continue reading
Help Us To Understand the Careers of Practicing And Professional Anthropologists as they relate to Academic Institutions.
Are you a practicing or professional anthropologist working outside of an academic organization? If so, are you collaborating in any way with an academic institution as part of your professional life? We are aware from anecdotes that many practicing and professional anthropologists participate in the academic community in one way or another. But we know little about what this participation is like, how academic responsibilities figure in their careers, and how practitioners are compensated for their academic commitments.
The American Anthropological Association’s… Continue reading