November 2017

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From the SfAA


President’s Message

Nov 3, 2017

By - Alexander (“Sandy”) Ervin - Anthems, Flags, Pledges, Projective Systems, and Enculturation: Personal Observations of a Somewhat Alien Anthropologist I am a fan of Canadian football, so out...

Annual Meeting


Countdown to Philadelphia

Nov 3, 2017

By - Carla Guerrón Montero - The 78th meetings of the Society for Applied Anthropology are well under way. The SfAA Program Committee and I are very excited about the multiple sessions, roundtables,...

Don Stull has been named the new SfAA Annual Meeting Coordinator

Nov 3, 2017

This past summer Erve Chambers stepped down as the society’s annual meeting coordinator. He pioneered this important position and worked masterfully with SfAA staff, program chairs and their...



Mead 2017 Winner - Sameena Mulla

Nov 3, 2017

President Alexander Ervin announced that the Boards of Directors of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) and the American Anthropology Association (AAA) had selected Prof. Sameena Mulla to...


Nov 3, 2017

The Peter K. New Student Award, an annual student research competition in the applied social and behavioral sciences, has a new deadline: November 30, 2017.


Nov 3, 2017

SfAA’s Student Travel Awards now have a new deadline and a new submission portal! Please submit your applications by December 20, 2017, and see here for the new, easy-to-use submission portal. (Do...


Nov 3, 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...

Committees and Tigs


Effective Policy Writing

Nov 3, 2017

SfAA Immigration Initiative, and SfAA Human Rights and Social Justice Committee - By Josiah Heyman - Here, I offer insights on public policy articles and essays, written by applied anthropologists as...

Intimate Partner Violence in Western Belize: Continuities, Changes, and Challenges

Nov 3, 2017

by Melissa A. Beske - In November 2010, I contributed a GBV-TIG column for SfAA News in which I addressed the prevalence of IPV (intimate partner violence) in Cayo, Belize, as well as the preliminary...

Oral History


The Intersections of Environment, Health, and Human Rights: A SfAA Oral History Project Interview with Barbara Rose Johnston

Nov 3, 2017

By Barbara Rylko-Bauer - Barbara Rose Johnston is an anthropologist who has worked for many years on issues of environmental social justice. She has conduced major research in the areas of human...

Spotlight:Training Programs


Spotlight: Anthropology at The University of Puget Sound

Nov 3, 2017

By Andrew Gardner - Tucked in the leafy historic district of Tacoma, Washington’s north end, the The University of Puget Sound was founded in 1888. The university and Tacoma are perched above Puget...

Members in the News


SfAA member receives highest non-Native service award from Alaska Federation Of Natives (AFN): Steve J. Langdon

Nov 3, 2017

SfAA member and University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Steve J. Langdon, received the AFN Denali Award, its highest honor given to a non-Native person for dedicated...