2020 Podcasts


Podcasts were recorded in Albuquerque, NM at the 80th Annual Meeting for the Society of Applied Anthropology in March 2020. 

  1. Brokering Anthropological Knowledge in Healthcare Organizations

  2. Human Rights and the Environment in the Context of Climate Change

  3. From Passivity to Panic: Responding to Climate Change in the United States (Risk & Disater TIG)

  4. Client Based Praxis: Using Anthropological Methods and Theory to Address Organizational Needs

  5. Toxic Citizenship (ExtrACTION & Environment TIG)

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2020 Podcast Team


Brokering Anthropological Knowledge in Healthcare Organizations

CHAIRS: FARO, Elissa (Albert Einstein Med Coll), CHOKSHI, Sara (NYU Med Sch), GORE, Radhika (NYU Med Sch) Applying Social Theory in Health Services Research: Motivations, Challenges, Strategies

ABSTRACT: Medical anthropology has become more applied in US healthcare organizations recently. Anthropologists are working at healthcare organizations producing research, improving care delivery and quality, and working to understand how interventions and evidence-based best practices are implemented across large-scale systems. The production of anthropological knowledge in these contexts allows organizations to construct solutions by grounding processes of learning and innovation in the larger social context within which they occur (Bray 2010). How medical anthropologists broker this knowledge production – writing IRBs, sharing findings with organizational stakeholders, the dissemination of research to multidisciplinary audiences – will be among the topics covered. efaro@montefiore.org (W-35)

Session Participants:

RUBINSTEIN, Ellen and HAARSTICK, Kimberly A. (NDSU), CRABTREE, Benjamin F. (Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Med Sch) Anthropological Intervention in Primary Care

FIXGemmae M. (VA & Boston U), ABRAHAM, Traci (VA & U Arkansas), NICHOLS, Linda (VA & U Tennessee), ONO, Sarah (VA & OR Hlth & Sci U), RATTRAY, Nicholas (VA & Indiana U), REISINGER, HeatherSEAMAN, Aaron, and SOLIMEO, Samantha(VA & U Iowa) Lessons on Practice from Anthropologists Working within the US’s Largest Healthcare System

TABER, Peter (VA) Para-ethnography, Auto-ethnography and Information Sharing in a Health Informatics Research Unit

CHOKSHI, Sara (NYU Med Sch) Communicating Complexity in Support of High Value Digital Health Development

FARO, Elissa (Albert Einstein Med Coll) Hierarchy, Trust, and Quality: Error Reporting in Healthcare


Human Rights and the Environment in the Context of Climate Change


ABSTRACT: Climate change threatens the fundamental interdependence that exists between human rights and environmental quality. Humanity’s reliance on a healthy environment makes such a right a prerequisite to the enjoyment of other human rights. Local populations not technically indigenous are most vulnerable because they have received less entitlement to natural resources through international law. Climate change exacerbates challenges to populations who are unable to claim basic rights such as self-determination, autonomy, or traditional land rights. These papers explore human responses to climate change in terms of shifting value systems, changing worldviews, adjustments in how certain human rights are conceptualized, and redefining goals for the future. sara_alexander@baylor.edu (TH-05) 

Session Participants:

ALEXANDER, Sara, SCHULTZ, Alan, and MARTENS, Paul (Baylor U) Worldviews, Value Systems, and Climate Change Policies Deepen Challenges to Farming Communities in Western Belize

THOMAS, Eric (UNCCH) “We are deprived”: Fishing Families and the Fight for Environmental Justice in Southern Chile

LONG, Michael (Baylor U) Weathering Climate Change While Ensuring Livelihood Security in the Context of Tourism Development: A Study of Svan Resilience in Upper Svaneti, Republic of Georgia

RUSSELL, Diane (SocioEcological Strategies Inc) Guiding the Integration of Climate Change, Rights and Governance

GROSSE, Corrie and MARK, Brigid (CSBSJU) A New Moment?: Youth Voices on Climate Justice at COP 25


From Passivity to Panic: Responding to Climate Change in the United States (Risk & Disater TIG)


ABSTRACT: A major challenge for anthropologists and policy makers working in the U.S. is to minimize the impacts of adaptation to climate change, especially for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Utilizing ethnographic methods, we examine how people talk about and make decisions about climate change. Researchers in this session analyze topics such as relocation, climate panic, discourse framing and ethnoecological models of climate change with the goal of promoting social justice, climate action, conflict resolution and practical solutions. dac511@lehigh.edu (TH-95)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

MEGEE, Sarah (Washington Coll) Ethnoecological Models of Climate Change on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

SIMMS, Jessica (State of LA) Isle de Jean Charles: Community-Scale Climate Migration

RUGG, Emily (Washington Coll) Reframing Climate Narratives in a Culture of Hyper-Capitalism

GONZÁLEZ, Melinda (LSU) Trans, Brown, & Hyper-Marginalized after Hurricane Maria: Anthropological Interventions & Policy Recommendations

LAMPMAN, Aaron (Washington Coll) and CASAGRANDE, David (Lehigh U) Social and Cultural Barriers to Climate-Induced Relocation on the Chesapeake



Client Based Praxis: Using Anthropological Methods and Theory to Address Organizational Needs


ABSTRACT: Anthropologists are increasingly employed outside of academia. In this sector, some work on client-based projects, where their client organizations determine the research questions, and where the output of the research is in a format that can be best utilized by the client. Each of the authors in this session conducted research for an organizational partner in a client-based relationship. Some of the clients were non-profits, some were community groups, and some were for-profit entities. In each case, the anthropologist addressed a research question that their client needed answered and presented their findings as a “deliverable” for their client. erica.hawvermale@unt.edu (F-04)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

HAWVERMALE, Erica (UNT) Maintaining a Living Relationship: Facilitating Connection and Improving Morale in Military Families During the Deployment Cycle

CRONIN, Shannon (UNT) Evaluation of a Disaster Rebuilding Program in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

DAVIS, Kayla (UNT) Have You Ever Experienced Water Shortage? “No.”

GIAMARQO, Giamarqo (UNT) Developing a Program to Increase Health through Community-Centered Institutions

SEIKEL, Tristan (UNT) Psychedelia in the United States: An Ethnographic Study of Underground Psychedelic Use

STUTTS, Sarah (UNT) Participatory Design of Socially Assistive Robots for Children on the Autism Spectrum



Toxic Citizenship (ExtrACTION & Environment TIG)

CHAIRS: MCDONALD, James (U Montevallo), SULLIVAN, Kathleen (CSULA)

ABSTRACT: Poor communities and people often face the greatest danger from environmental hazards. The precarity of these communities also makes them least likely to effectively challenge, let alone litigate, these threats and risks. The damage that is done is often irreversible. This session explores cases in which communities -commonly rural, poor, and with a majority of people of color- in the U.S. have been subjected to a kind of environmental apartheid. It allows for the interrogation of linkages between environmental injustice and citizenship as they play out in a country with a liberal-democratic ethos, but whose practices are far from it. jmcdonald@montevallo.edu (F-34)​​​​​​​

Session Participants:

CHECKER, Melissa (CUNY) After Relocation: The Afterlife of an Environmental Justice Movement

MCKENNA, Brian (U Michigan) Flint’s Fascism: Toxic Water, Racism and Citizen Action

MCDONALD, James (U Montevallo) Environmental Apartheid and Precarious Citizenship in Alabama


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