Coedited by Yarimar Bonilla (Rutgers University) and Adia Benton (Northwestern University)

“Rethinking Public Anthropologies in the Digital Age: Toward a New Dialogue”

In the launch essay for Public Anthropologies, coeditors Adia Benton and Yarimar Bonilla discuss their plans for the section. They talk about the particularities of public anthropology in the digital age, what kind of approaches will be highlighted in the section, and how submissions will be evaluated. To submit a piece to public anthropologies, please consult our guidelines and write to us directly at: And get the latest Public Anthropologies news on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.


“De-Provincializing Development” Series

This series examines the United Nations’ newly established Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Click the link to view the posts for each goal.

Courage amid Catastrophe: A Conversation between Juno Salazar Parreñas and Greg Beckett

May 27, 2020

n this conversation, Juno Salazar Parreñas and Greg Beckett discuss shared themes of their work, including survival, vulnerability, uncertainty, and ethnography as a therapeutic practice for grief.

“Everything is Permitted”: Trump, White Supremacy, Fascism

March 23, 2020

In this commentary, Nicholas De Genova examines Trump, facism, and the "ethos of civil war" that defines contemporary US politics.

Forum on “Anthropology and the Riddle of White Supremacy”

March 11, 2020

This forum features responses to Junaid Rana's article “Anthropology and the Riddle of White Supremacy” by Mark Anderson, Zareena Grewal, Irma A. Velásquez Nimatuj, and Ghassan Hage.

The Incredible Simplicity of Anti-Imperialism

February 13, 2020

In this post, Kali Rubaii examines anti-imperial struggles in Iraq.

Using the Anthropological Concept of “Core Cultural Values” to Understand the Puerto Rican 2019 Summer Protests

October 29, 2019

Carlos G. García-Quijano and Hilda Lloréns write about how to understand the recent protests in Puerto Rico through the lens of core cultural values.

Knife? What Knife?

June 21, 2019

In this post, Hannah Appel brings a decolonizing lens to SDG #17: Partnerships for the Goals.

Year in Review: In the Time of Public Anthropologies

June 13, 2019

A public anthropologies year-in-review article by Sareeta Amrute and Mona Bhan!

Stakeholders, Gender, and the Politics of Water

January 22, 2019

In this post, Jessica Cattelino explores gender and other inequities around water.

Anthropology and Disaster Risk Reduction

December 18, 2018

In this post, Kim Fortun explores how anthropological knowledge might supplement efforts to understand and interrogate disaster vulnerability and political responsibility.

Forum on “Unrequited Engagement”

November 6, 2018

A forum on the article "Unrequited Engagement: Misadventures in Advocating for Medicaid Expansion" by Emily K. Brunson, Jessica M. Mulligan, Elise Andaya, Milena A. Melo, and Susan Sered.