Volume 31, Issue #2 - May 2020


From the SfAA

President's Message

By Sherri Briller - We are thinking about our members in this challenging period. Hoping that you are doing as well as possible. Much has changed since I last wrote this column. Applied social science…

Call for Action

Engaging Applied Social Scientists to Connect Worldwide: A Call for Rapid Response Initiative for Action in Pandemic Times - Despite its human horror, disruptions to life as we know it, and…

News in the Time of Corona

By Jeanne Simonelli and Orit Tamir, Co-editors - It’s gonna take a big sacrifice…… Coyote Angel, Milagro Beanfield War (movie version) On March 9, the SfAA announced the cancellation of the…

2021 Annual Meeting

PLANNING IS UNDERWAY FOR THE 2021 ANNUAL MEETING! - Mark Edberg - The 2021 annual meeting, to be held March 23-27 in Norfolk, VA, is emerging as a very important meeting for a number of reasons.


Public Health in the Age of COVID-19

It’s All about Relationships - A Note from SfAA Executive Director Neil Hann - Many of you know that I spent 34 years in public health at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) before becoming…

[No] Beans in the Time of Corona

By Ana Malinalli X Gutiérrez Sisneros - The daily food that brought up generations of Mexicans / New Mexicans – frijoles. - In the previous century, my grandfather Canuto Montoya Sisneros was a…

Can Anthropologists Talk Back?

A Provocation from the Margins - Robyn Eversole, Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology - I have always seen a key value of anthropology as the ability to ‘name the frames’…

Reflections on “Shelter in Place” in the Bay Area

By Fred Huxley - Most of us in the U.S. are now addressing threats from the Covid-19 pandemic. The San Francisco Bay Area was the first region in California (and in the nation) to adopt “Shelter in…

Oregon’s Immigrant-rights

Organizations respond to the coronavirus crisis - By Kristin E. Yarris and Karla Schmidt-Murillo - As one of us (Yarris) was planning on presenting a paper at this year’s SfAA meetings related to…

Consciously Quarantined

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO SERIES - A COVID-19 response from the Social Sciences - As the situation surrounding COVID-19 intensifies and concern mounts, many of us will be self-isolating and facing the…

Awards & Prizes

2020 Awards Announcement

With the cancellation of the 2020 Annual Meeting, the Friday evening awards ceremony never happened. To honor the winners, we’ve included the announcement poster.

Comments for the Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award

By Susan Andreatta - I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive the Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award.

Call for Malinowski Nominations

The Society for Applied Anthropology considers each year nominations for the Malinowski Award. This Award is presented to a senior social scientist in recognition of a career dedicated to…

P.K. New Award Call for Papers

The Society sponsors an annual student research paper competition in the name of a former President, Peter K. New. The Competition is open to any person who was registered as a student at the graduate…

Call for Sol Tax Nominations

Sol Tax provided distinguished service to the field of applied anthropology. The Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award, initiated by the Society for Applied Anthropology in his honor, is to be…

TIGs, Committees, & Other Organizations

Gender Based Violence TIG

Virus is/and Violence - By Hillary J. Haldane - When I agreed to write this quarter’s column, the FIFA Women’s World Cup had just concluded in July 2019. The United States Women’s National Team…

ExtrACTION & Environment TIG News

Taking Virtual Action - By Anna Willow et al - As with many of SfAA’s topical interest groups, the ExtrACTION & Environment TIG met virtually on April 3.

Risk, Disaster, and COVID-19

Conversations in Anthropology - by Jennifer Trivedi, Thomas Hanson, and Mei Johnson - The cancelation of the SfAA annual meetings due to COVID-19 and Coronavirus concerns left the Risk and Disaster…


Connects Virtually During the 2020 Pandemic - by Elise Matthews, RN, PhD - In March 2020, the program committee was making final arrangements for the yearly gathering of the Council on Nursing and…


On Lighter Notes

From Elizabeth Briody: Enjoy! I think anyone who listens to this tune ("I will survive") and its lyrics will enjoy it. I Will Survive, Coronavirus version for teachers going online.

Resisting Business-as-Usual in a Time of Liminality

By Shannon Joy Telenko - Last semester, in reflecting on what might bring about more equitable change in education, I was drawn to texts on the related concepts of liminality and communitas.


Anthropology and Activism

Coming Soon! This volume grew out of a triple-session that was organized for the 2019 SfAA conference in Portland, Oregon, and includes numerous articles for teaching and learning.

Rapid Ethnographic Assessments

This book provides provide a practical guide to understanding and conducting rapid ethnographic assessments (REAs) with an emphasis on their use in public health contexts.


Lambros Comitas

COMITAS--Lambros. The President, Trustees and extended Teachers College community mourn Lambros Comitas - world-renowned anthropologist, world-class humorist and raconteur, cherished mentor, respected…

Dr. Nancie Loudon Gonzalez

Dr. Nancie L. Gonzalez has died in Guatemala City at the age of 90. Dr. Gonzalez was a seminal thinker on ethnicity, family and household organization, and migration, as well as a pioneer and…

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