Volume 34, Issue #2 - May 2023


From the SfAA

President’s Column

By Jennifer Wies - Thank you for your contributions that resulted in successful Annual Meetings in Cincinnati, Ohio. Everything from the presentations, workshops, and roundtables to the receptions…

Notes from the Editors:

Got tired of packing and unpacking…… By Orit Tamir and Jeanne Simonelli - That’s a line from the theme to WKRP in Cincinnati, a quirky 80s sitcom remembered by some of us. It also might be the theme…

Call for Nominees

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Nominations and Elections Committee is seeking names of potential candidates for the following elective offices: President-Elect (one position), Board of…

Annual Meeting

Gearing Up for the 2024 Annual Meeting in Santa Fe

A.J. Faas is the Program Chair for the 2024 Annual Meeting in Santa Fe. He is Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Anthropology at San José State University.

Save the Date

2024 Annual Meeting, March 26-30, 2024, Santa Fe, NM - El Dorado Hotel & Spa

TIGs & Committees

Missives from MASSH

Current and prospective members of Medical Anthropologists and Social Scientists in Health (MASSH) convened at the SfAA Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Events included Morning Brew with MASSH, a…

Awards & Prizes

Annual Meeting Poster Prize Winners

We are please to announce the winners for the 2023 Annual Meeting Valene Smith Tourism Poster Prize and both the onsite and virtual Student Poster Prizes.

News from Members & Other Associations

AAA Department Leaders Summer Institute

Registration for the American Anthropological Association’s 2023 Department Leaders Summer Institute, Advocating for Your Department and Our Field, to be held June 21-23, is now open.


Anthrolatina‘s Food Origins: 13 Foods from the Americas

by Anya Meave - Diversity exists in humanity, but also in the food we eat. From sweet treats to spicy dishes, the meals we enjoy come in an array of colors, flavors, and sizes. They also come from…

The Process of Developing Two Recent Books on Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM) of Forests

By Carol J. Pierce Colfer - It all started in June of 2020, in the early days of COVID. Maybe the enforced solitude was what provided the time to ponder. I began to wonder about the CIFOR (Center for…

Views Over Decades of the Longevity of Adaptive Collaborative Management in Multiple Sites

By Carol J. Pierce Colfer and Ravi Prabhu - Focused on forest management and governance, this book first examines two decades of experience with Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM), assessing both…

Applying Anthropology Through Poetry and Art: The Woman Within: Memory as Muse

Kerry Dean Feldman, who served as the invited Program Chair for the highly successful 2016 SfAA international conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, has co-authored an art, photography, and poetry book…

Humans - An Introduction to Four-Field Anthropology

Humans is a clear, jargon-free introduction to four-field anthropology. Addressing the most important and relevant questions in anthropology, it provides students with an understanding of the unity…

Research Reports

A Comparison of CIFOR’s ACM and the USFS CFLRP

Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM) and the USFS Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) - The latest Occasional Paper (239) in CIFOR’s OP series is “Forest Landscape…

Exploring American Indians Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors Surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Caitlin Haas - I began working for the Institute for Indigenous Studies (IIS) at Lehigh University in the summer of 2021. For the majority of that time, I was a part-time research assistant while I…

Poems & Short Stories

"Finding Me"

Jessica Ojiugo Chinonye - My eyes wander around, scrutinizing each of their faces, hoping to spot similarities. I focus on one of them and stare continuously with a faint smile. He returns the favor…


Charlie Cheney 1940-2023

Charles Clark Cheney, who everyone knew as Charlie, was a beloved colleague and friend. He was 82 when he died on February 3, 2023, after a short battle with pulmonary fibrosis and multiple…

Dr. Heather Lazrus

It is with deepest sadness in our hearts that we announce that Dr. Heather Lazrus passed away on Sunday, February 26th, 2023.

Joe F. Donaldson III 1947-2022

Joe F. Donaldson, III, 75 long-time MU professor and lifelong learner, passed away October 1, 2022, in Columbia, Mo. At a wake celebrating his life, his children accredited him “as aged to perfection…

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