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NAPA Career Profiles: A chat with David Fetterman on Empowerment Evaluation, and the value of ethnography.

David Fetterman is an evaluator by profession, and is probably best known for his work on creating Empowerment Evaluation, which helps individuals learn to evaluate their own programs. In this process Fetterman serves as a coach, helping guide the work and maintain rigor, but allowing stakeholders to plan, implement and evaluate themselves. The end goal is self-determination, and it is an approach grounded deeply in ethnography.

“Everything I do (work and home life) is shaped and guided by anthropology. I always attempt to get at the emic or insider’s view of reality before jumping to my own conclusions.  … Continue reading

NAPA Career Profiles: Mary Odell Butler

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Mary Odell Butler received her PhD in anthropology from Temple University in 1978 and has spent the last three decades conducting program evaluations through contracting firms for clients in public health. Though she initially struggled to find work outside the academy, Butler has built a strong career supporting programs at agencies that include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Cancer Institute.

“My most recent evaluation was a study of the use of CDC guidelines for clinicians for the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in primary care settings. I am… Continue reading

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

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

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

AnthroCurrents – May 30, 2014

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

Summer Books

  • 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