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
A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media
- Nicholas Wade’s new book A Troublesome Inheritance has been in the news for a few weeks now, but criticisms of his ideas linking genetics to social behaviors continue to mount. You can’t swing a fossilized Australopithecus without hitting a negative review. If you want to be prepared at the water cooler, you should read something about it. I liked these pieces from New Republic, Huffington Post, and the Boas Network.
- The novel Euphoria by Lily King fictionalizes the adventures of… 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
Timothy de Waal Malefyt has been a leading strategist in brand development for 15 years, working with companies like BBDO Worldwide and D’Arcy in New York and Benton & Bowles in Detroit.
“As a corporate anthropologist in the field of practice, I’ve worked in consumer marketing and advertising for several large firms. I am curious about how advertising messages can be meaningful to people, how products and brands engage people in ways that express who they are, what’s important to them.”
According to Tim, “Old School” advertising can turn people off as the typical ‘push’ approach can feel annoying to… 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
The most recent interview in the NAPA LinkedIn interview series has been posted. This week’s inteviewee is past president of NAPA Susan Squires. Read all about it at http://lnkd.in/bFDZq-g.
NAPA has a great slate of workshops again for the AAA annual meeting. But be sure to register soon to get into the session of your choice. And remember: Students Pay Half Price for Workshop Admission. Registration is through the AAA website:
Scheduled workshops are as follows:
Thursday, November 21, 2013
08:00 AM-10:00 AM. NAPA Workshop On the Design Process: Design Thinking, Tools, and Methods – Christine Miller
10:15 AM-12:15 PM. NAPA Workshop On What’s Your PITCH? Who’s In Your Network? – Sabrina Nichelle Scott and Elizabeth Briody
12:30 PM-02:30 PM. NAPA-NASA Workshop: Applying to… Continue reading
Click on the link below to see the latest NAPA Careers Expo profile! This post features Melissa Cefkin, President of EPIC (Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference).
Click on the link below to see the latest NAPA Careers Expo profile! This post features Laurie Krieger, Senior Advisor, Health and Social Science at The Manoff Group.
Here’s a new interview from the NAPA interview series on our LinkedIn site. In this post, Kristin Keller interviews Elizabeth Schill, an anthropologist at the consulting firm Deloitte.
You can connect with us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/National-Association-Practice-Anthropology-1123547?home=&gid=1123547&trk=anet_ug_hm&goback=%2Egmr_1123547
As a Senior Consultant in the Federal Human Capital Practice at Deloitte, Elizabeth Schill works with the U.S. government to assess the supply and demand of people and skills, and determine what resources employers and employees need to be successful in the workforce.
“If I look at the world around me, what will it look like in 5 years? What… Continue reading