Anthropology of Higher Education TIG


The Anthropology of Higher Education Topical Interest Group (Higher Ed TIG) is an interdisciplinary group bringing together anthropologists and higher education scholars, practitioners, and administrators in other disciplines who are interested in anthropological perspectives on higher education. The mission of the Higher Ed TIG is to create impact on higher education operations, policy issues, instruction, and any other arising issues.

The research and practice of our affiliates address emerging questions about a wide array of developments in the higher education sector, including:

· Community Engagement
· Credentialing, Certification & Licensing
· Curriculum & Instruction
· Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
· Educational Technology
· Faculty Experience
· Institutional Change
· (Inter)disciplinarity
· Internationalization
· Leadership
· Libraries
· Student Experience & Engagement
· Teaching Anthropology
· Undergraduate Research


Our Activities

Our Activities

  • Organization of panels at the SfAA Annual Meetings

  • Publication of newsletters with updates for our affiliates

  • Organization of sessions and seminars at conferences of other organizations and on campuses

  • Publication of our affiliates’ research in various outlets

  • Online community

Become an Affiliate

Become an Affiliate

The Higher Ed TIG currently serves almost 500 affiliates, who stay connected via our listserv. The listserv serves to inform the affiliates about the Higher Ed TIG activities and provides an interactive platform for sharing a wide range of information related to anthropological perspectives on higher education, such as current developments in the field, research initiatives, publications, events, calls for papers, job opportunities, and so on.

Affiliation to the Higher Ed TIG is free. If you wish to subscribe to our listserv, please fill in this form:




Jim McDonald
University of Montevallo

Co-Chair Designate

Elaine Bennett
St. Vincent College

Vice Chairs

Brian Foster
University of Missouri – Columbia, Partnerships

Anne Larrivee
West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Publications

Lauren Herckis
Carnegie Mellon University, Sessions

Heidi Nicholls
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Communications

Advisory Board

Robert A. Rubinstein, Chair
Syracuse University

Emma Abell-Selby   
Sarah Appelhans
Daniel Ginsberg
Meta Gorup
Rachel Luchmun
Kristen Ogilvie
Nathan Woods
Naomi Yamada



If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, don’t hesitate to drop us an email:


Documents and Publications

Higher Ed TIG Panels at the
SfAA Annual Meetings

SfAA 2023 Annual Meeting - Cicinnati

SfAA 2022 Annual Meeting - Salt Lake City

SfAA 2021 Annual Meeting - Virtual

SfAA 2020 Annual Meeting - Albuquerque

Our Affiliates’ Publications

Foster, B. L., Graham, S. W., & Donaldson, J. F. (Eds.). (2021). Paths to the Future of Higher Education. Information Age Publishing.

Foster, B. L. (Ed.). (2017). The Changing World of Higher Education [Special issue]Practicing Anthropology 39 (2).


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