Volume 32, Issue #4 - November 2021


From the SfAA

President’s Column

By Michael Paolisso - Serving as your president is exciting and challenging work. I am now seven months into the job and still on the steep part of the learning curve. I am constantly learning more…

From the Editors

Support the SfAA Community - by Jeanne Simonelli and Orit Tamir - This has been a difficult eighteen months for individuals, families and communities. Our SfAA community is no exception, as we…

Candidate for President

Election Bio for Presidential Candidate - Jennifer Wies

Candidates for Board Member

Election Bios for Board Members - Michael Duke, Cynthia Grace-McCaskey, Teresa Johnson, Nathaniel Tashima, and E. Christian Wells

Candidates for Secretary

Election Bios for Secretary - Eric Bailey & Max Stein

Candidates for Student Board

Election Bios for Student Board - Darius Bittle-Dockery, Sherilyne Jones, & Amanda Stoltz

Candidates for Nominations & Elections

Candidates for Nominations & Elections - Daniel Ginsberg & Hillary Haldane

Annual Meeting

Program Chair Update

By Jim McDonald - It is October 15th, and there has been a big last minute push by our intrepid membership to get presentations, sessions, posters, workshops, panels, and roundtables submitted for the…

Student Travel Awards

SfAA offers several Student Travel Awards to help offset some of the expenses for traveling to the Annual Meeting in Portland. Please visit the links below to review the eligibility. Deadline for…

TIGs & Committees

Risk and Disaster TIG

Risk and Disaster Scholarship in Times of Pandemic - by Joyce Rivera-González, Jennifer Trivedi, and Noémie Gonzalez Bautista - As we continue to grieve and navigate a catastrophic,…

ExtrACTION and Environment TIG

ExtrACTION and Environment Gets Set for Salt Lake City….or your kitchen counter - Jeanne Simonelli. Official TIG scribbler - It’s before the SfAA paper deadline, and we await all the great volunteered…

Gender Based Violence TIG

Reflections of a Pandemic: A Glimpse into the Effects of COVID-19 on Guatemala’s Indigenous Population and Gender-based Violence (GBV) Survivors - By Caitlynn Carr -The COVID-19 pandemic has been a…

Tourism & Heritage TIG

By Lawrence Ramirez - In this edition of the Tourism and Heritage Topical Interest Group (THTIG) column, our focus is directed towards preparation for the 82 Annual Meeting, coming up in March 2022.…

Awards & Prizes

SfAA Announces 2021 Margaret Mead Award - Amber Reed

The Society for Applied Anthropology is pleased to announce that the Boards of Directors of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) and the American Anthropological Association (AAA) have selected…

P.K. New Student Award Call for Papers

The Peter K. New Student Award, an annual student research competition in the applied social and behavioral sciences. Honoring the late Peter Kong-ming New, a distinguished medical…

Call for Malinowski Nominations

The Society for Applied Anthropology requests nominations for the Bronislaw Malinowski Award, which is presented annually to a senior social scientist in recognition of a career dedicated to…

Hackenberg Prize

The Robert A. and Beverly H. Hackenberg Prize recognizes Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) members and their community partners whose work demonstrates sustained and meaningful collaboration to…


Gods of the Upper Air

This book has been out for a few years, but it’s being recommended by many professionals and lay people! It’s been a required reading in some courses but even if you’re not in college or studying…

Book Review of China Environmental Anthropology

By Dr. Dipak Raj Pant - The fundamental law of sustainable development to human civilization reveres nature and protects the environment is never violated. An English academic work of “China…

From ExtrACTION TIG: New Publication

"Shale gas developments in England: Social impacts and comparisons" by Anna Szolucha - This study documents and analyses the social impacts of fracking and natural gas developments across five…

2021 Publications of Three Co-edited Volumes

Robbie Davis-Floyd, Adjunct Professor, Rice University, Houston, and SfAA Fellow, is proud to announce the 2021 publications of three co-edited volumes

News from Members & Other Associations

Career Readiness Commission

Elizabeth Briody and Riall Nolan are leading an anthropology-wide Career Readiness Commission. This initiative brings together a broad coalition of anthropologists from across the discipline to…

NAPA announcement

Anthropology now has an expanded set of best practices from research to application. NAPA has revised its list of best practices and added a new set of extensive resources.

Oral History Project

Interview with Anthony Oliver-Smith

Disaster Research, Displacement and Climate Change: Society for Applied Anthropology Oral History Project Interview with Anthony Oliver-Smith - Tony Oliver-Smith’s career spans the important…


“The Clinic to Prison Pipeline”

Intersections between the Criminalization of HIV and Sex Work and its Impact on Care, Policing, & Mass Incarceration - By Lydia Babcock - Virtually all US jurisdictions criminalize sex work and cases…

Mapping Contexts of Vulnerability in the Time of COVID-19

By Leslie A. Robertson, Maya Durio, Stephen Chignell, Anita Lacey, Sally Babidge - A good deal of information about COVID-19 comes to public view through statistics of cases, recoveries and deaths,…


Gisele Maynard-Tucker Obituary

Gisele Maynard-Tucker, a medical and applied anthropologist, died of a lung disease on August 23, 2021, at the age of 84. She was a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and a member of the…

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