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Caio Flores-Coelho (5)

Caio Flores-Coelho is an anthropologist and historian interested in visual anthropology and history of the landscape. Teaches at @Unisinos, @InstitutoIvoti and @ColegioSinodal. Currently lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil. You can find him on twitter @caogris.

The cosmopolitical photographies of the Yanomami by Claudia Andujar
Uzma Z. Rizvi (8)

Uzma Z. Rizvi is an associate professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY, and a Visiting Scholar at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Pakistan. Her current work focuses on Ancient Pakistan and UAE, during the third millennium BCE. She utilizes poetics as a mode through which to push the limits of archaeological theory. Additionally, her research focuses on ancient subjectivity, intimate architecture; memory, war, and trauma in relationship to the urban fabric, critical heritage studies at the intersections of contemporary art and history, and finally, epistemological critiques of the discipline in the service of decolonization.
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Mutual Aid in Archaeology: The Black Trowel Collective Microgrants
Jeremy Trombley (1)

Jeremy is an environmental anthropologist and currently a Postdoc at the University of Oregon studying watersheds and glaciers in the Pacific Northwest.

The Possibility of Anthropological Micropublishing
Dick (8)

Dick Powis is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, and is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include men and childbirth, prenatal screening technologies, and reproductive health in urban settings in Senegal. Read more at

The #HiddenCurriculum of Applying to Graduate School (for Anthropology)
Andrea Rawluk (0)
Christian Elliott (2)

Christian is a journalism graduate student at Northwestern University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology and environmental studies from Augustana College, a small liberal arts school in Rock Island, Illinois, in 2020. He enjoys bringing together anthropological research/theory and personal experience to tell true (written and audio) stories and understand our complicated, globalized world a little better. You can reach Christian on Twitter @csbelliott.

Behind Many Masks: An Ethnographic Account of a Pandemic Borderlands
zoetodd (10)

Zoe Todd (Métis/otipemisiw) is an artist and scholar from amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), Alberta, Canada. She writes about fish, art, Métis legal traditions, the Anthropocene, extinction, and decolonization in urban and prairie contexts. She also studies human-animal relations, colonialism and environmental change in north/western Canada. She holds a BSc (Biological Sciences) and MSc (Rural Sociology) from the University of Alberta and a PhD (Social Anthropology) from Aberdeen University. She is an Associate Professor who splits her time between the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She was a 2018/2019 Presidential Visiting Fellow at Yale in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine. She is part of the interdisciplinary Fluid Boundaries team (one of four teams shortlisted in 2019 to represent Canada at the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale) and she is Principal Investigator for the "Restor(y)ing Bull Trout" project at Carleton University.

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Ryan (14)

Ryan Anderson is a cultural and environmental anthropologist. His current research focuses on coastal conservation, sustainability, and development in the Californias. He also writes about politics, economics, and media. You can reach him via Twitter here: @anthropologia

No Open Access Today, Anthropology: On the latest AAA-Wiley Announcement
Kerim (17)

P. Kerim Friedman is a professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan. His research explores language revitalization efforts among indigenous Taiwanese, looking at the relationship between language ideology, indigeneity, and political economy. An ethnographic filmmaker, he co-produced the Jean Rouch award-winning documentary, 'Please Don't Beat Me, Sir!' about a street theater troupe from one of India's Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNTs).

Tips for Better Online Teaching
Sarah Shulist (4)

Sarah Shulist is a linguistic anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Queen's University, located on the territory of the Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples in what is currently called Ontario, Canada. Her work focuses on the social and political dimensions of Indigenous language revitalization.

“Proving” the language/culture connection
Matt Thompson (8)

Matt Thompson is Community Services Librarian for the public library in Suffolk, Virginia. He has a doctorate in anthropology from the University of North Carolina and has been blogging with Anthrodendum née Savage Minds since 2010.

Dear dendrites: Quarantine ethnography
Maia (5)

Maia Green works on the anthropology of international development and issues of social transformation in East Africa. She has written on diverse topics ranging from anti-witchcraft practices to the proliferation of NGOs. Maia Green teaches at the University of Manchester.

Payments to the Poor as Development Instrument: Review of Olivier de Sardan & Piccoli’s Cash Transfers in Context, Berghahn Books (2018).
zoë (4)

Zoë Wool is assistant professor in the department of anthropology at Rice university. Zoë works at the intersection of (medical) anthropology, critical disability studies, STS, and queer theory. Most of her ethnographic work explores the intimacies, socialities, and materialities of life making among injured US soldiers and veterans. She's also been thinking about new feminist, queer, and cripistemological histories of neurology...among other things.

Introducing the Collective Anthro Mini Lectures Project for #COVIDcampus


ckelty (0)

Christopher Kelty is professor at UCLA in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the Anthropology department, and the Information Studies department.

Rebecca (0)

Rebecca Nelson has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology and a graduate certificate in human rights from the University of Connecticut (2015). Her thesis focused on the production of cosmopolitanism in a voluntourism program in a women's weaving cooperative in Guatemala: cooperative leaders sought to develop globally-oriented market knowledge using voluntourists as consultants while protecting their own expertise from tourists as potential competitors in these foreign markets. Rebecca is currently serving as the Executive Director of America Solidaria US, the Washington D.C. office of a Latin America-based international service nonprofit focused on overcoming the cultural and material bases of poverty in the Americas.

Anthropologists and Aging (4)

This account was created to more easily group together posts by various authors as part of a series on anthropology and aging. See each post for the name and bio of the individual authors.

Careers and Caregiving: An impossible juggling act?