May 2017

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President's Message

May 22, 2017

Other than falling off the stage during my “inauguration”, our 2017 meetings in Santa Fe were outstanding. There are two ways of looking at my particular episode. One: I did “land on my...

March 2017 Board of Directors Meeting Highlights

May 22, 2017

The 2017 March meeting of the SfAA Board of Directors saw several smooth and important transitions. Outgoing President Kathleen Musante will now serve on the Board’s Executive Committee with our...


May 18, 2017

The Society for Applied Anthropology announces a search for a new Editor-in-Chief of Human Organization, a journal that has been recognized as a leading scientific publication in applied social...

Editor Search: Practicing Anthropology

May 18, 2017

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) announces its search for the next editor of its journal, Practicing Anthropology. The current editors—Judith N. Freidenberg, Shirley J. Fiske, and Amy...

Annual Meeting


“Happy Trails to You” - Reflections on SfAA 2017

May 15, 2017

All trails led to Santa Fe for the 2017 SfAA meeting—or so it seemed. For with 2,046 registered participants from 33 different countries, it was the second biggest meeting in the society’s...

2018 Annual Meetings: Back to Philadelphia After 39 years

May 22, 2017

The 78th Annual Meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology will convene in Philadelphia April 3-7, 2018, to consider how participants can contribute to and build “Sustainable Futures” in a...

Make A Difference: SfAA Board Seeks Program Chair for 2019 Annual Meetings in Portland, Oregon

May 23, 2017

The Society will convene the 79th Annual Meetings in Portland, Oregon, March 19-23, 2019. The Board is actively seeking applications for the position of 2019 Annual Meetings Program Chair, with a...



Call for Malinowski Nominations

May 23, 2017

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...

Call for Nominations Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award

May 23, 2017

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...

Peter Kong-ming New Student Research Award Competition

May 23, 2017

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...

Student Travel Awards

May 23, 2017

The SfAA sponsors student travel awards each year to attend the Annual Meeting.

Committees and TIGS


GBV-TIG Column: Teaching Them “How to Cry”: Fostering Men Leadership on Addressing Sexual Violence on University Campuses

May 10, 2017

Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the...

SFAA Risk and Disaster TIG

May 22, 2017

As the Risk and Disasters Topical Interest Group (R&D TIG) completes its fourth year of existence, we can look back on an exciting and accomplishment-filled 2016. Since the 2016 SFAA annual meeting...

Creative action in response to current tragedies

May 31, 2017

New HRSJ working groups: We used participatory research methods to brainstorm during our HRSJ committee meetings in Santa Fe. This fomented a wonderful buzz of energy and creativity, as people...

Oral History


On the Evolution of an Applied Anthropologist and Healer: An Interview with Paul Farmer

May 10, 2017

Paul Farmer is a medical anthropologist and physician who has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world’s poorest people. He is a co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in...

Announcements from other Associations


2017 WAPA Praxis Award Application Deadline - July 1

May 10, 2017

The deadline for applications for the 2017 Praxis Award is July 1. The biennial Praxis Award recognizes outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action as reflected in a...

Texas Applied Anthropology Summit

May 15, 2017

Save the date! The Texas Applied Anthropology Summit (TAAS) will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017, in San Marcos, TX. The summit—hosted by Texas State University—will be a full-day event,...



J. Thomas May

Feb 14, 2018

Jude Thomas May (Tom), retired David Ross Boyd Professor of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and former Executive Director of the Society for Applied Anthropology...

Sue-Ellen Jacobs

Feb 2, 2018

Sue-Ellen Jacobs was born October 27, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois, the eldest of four children of William D. and Ruth M. Jacobs. She excelled in school and went on to train as a nurse. Her interest in...