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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

NAPA Career Profiles: Karen Greenough

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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

NAPA Career Profiles: Tim De Waal Malefyt

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

NAPA Career Profiles: Ted (Edward C.) Green

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