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…

Announcing the Release of a Special Theme Issue on Practicing Anthropology in the Private Sector

I’d like to announce the release of a special issue of the journal of Practicing Anthropology dedicated specifically to the practice and application of anthropology in business settings. The special issue, which can be found online here, was co-guest-edited by me and Dr. Amy Goldmacher. The authors who contributed to the issue are Jo Aiken,…

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 Design Anthropologist Armonía Alvarado

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 (prospective) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies…

Business Anthropology Roundtable: New Voices, New Destinations, New Futures

At the Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings in Albuquerque this past March, I participated in (and chaired) a session entitled “Business Anthropology Roundtable: New Voices, New Destinations, New Futures” with five fantastic, up-and-coming (women!) business anthropologists. Click here to visit the SfAA Podcast website, where the audio recording, introduction notes and panel bios have…

Anthropologists in Practice: An Interview with Ethnographic Consultant Pedro Oliveira

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 (prospective) students of anthropology, and to illustrate the wide variety of jobs, skills and competencies…

One Person’s Journey in Practicing Anthropology: A Slideshow Presentation

One Person’s Journey in Practicing Anthropology These are the slides I used in a February 2014 talk for Dr. Jeremy Spoon’s undergraduate Applied Anthropology class at Portland State University. Talking points included my educational history, career path, experience in UX research, and the evolution of my perspective on practicing anthropology, particularly in business settings. I…

Business & Design Anthropology sessions at the March 2014 Society for Applied Anthropology meetings

Coming of Age in the Corporate Context: Exploring the Non-Linear Transition from Student to Practitioner and Back Again Wednesday, March 19th, 5:30 – 7:20 pm Chair: Ramer, S. Angela (UNT) Pahl, Shane (UNT) So You’re Interested in Business Anthropology, Now What? Santee, Amy (Empirical Research & Design) What Are You Doing Here?: Making the Academy-to-Business…