So that “no anthropologist is an island”: Understanding and supporting practitioner networks

In an effort to engage anthropologists working outside academia, the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Practicing, Applied, and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) has embarked on a new initiative to understand the professional peer networks of practicing anthropologists and make recommendations for how the AAA can better support them. The committee is currently conducting firsthand research…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Liz Riedman, User Experience Research Assistant at ITHAKA/JSTOR

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring practicing anthropologists who work outside the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to anyone who is interested in the application of anthropology in the real world, including anthropologists, anthropology students, prospective anthropology students, employers, policymakers and…

Anthropology: The Middle of Next Week (Volume I, 1966)

I recently came into possession of an original copy of “Anthropology: The Middle of Next Week” – a spoof “magazine” about the discipline of anthropology created by some students at the University of Minnesota in 1966. It’s full of jokes in all forms – including poetry, prose, and lists – about the lives of the…

Insights from a Discussion of the Non-Linear Path to Practicing Business Anthropology

At the recent Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings in Albuquerque, NM, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel session with three other up-and-coming anthropologists who work in business and design. The session, entitled “Coming of Age in the Corporate Context: Exploring the Non-Linear Transition from Student to Practitioner and Back Again,” was…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Indigenous Performing Arts Promoter Gordon Bronitsky

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (potential) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Christin Reeder, Family Support and Community Impact Specialist at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (potential) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Misty Luminais, Research Associate and Project Coordinator of the Voicing and Action Project at the Social Justice Institute of Case Western Reserve University

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) who work outside of the academy. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (potential) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Mia Madison, Planning Mapping Analyst for the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development

Anthropologists in Practice is an ongoing series of interviews featuring anthropologists (and professionals with anthropology training) and their varied work experiences. The goal of the series is to provide a source of information and inspiration to other practitioners and (potential) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies held…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Harmony Farner, Staff Associate at Econometrica, Inc.

As part of a new series at Anthropologizing, I’ll be posting some interviews with practicing anthropologists about their professions, backgrounds, and how they’ve been able to apply their anthropology training in the workplace. This week’s Anthropologist in Practice is Harmony Farner, a Staff Associate at Econometrica, Inc., in Bethesda, Maryland. Tell me a little bit…