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.

The Problem with Jobs by Ilana Gershon and Melissa Cefkin (De-Provincializing Development Series)

November 7, 2017

In this installment, Ilana Gershon and Melissa Cefkin explore SDG #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, by asking what, exactly, counts as "decent work" these days, and how work-distribution platforms like Uber and TaskRabbit reflect, shape, and portend the future of employment in the United States.

Protecting Life Below Water by Zoe Todd (De-Provincializing Development Series)

October 17, 2017

In this post, Zoe Todd describes how humans are always embedded in watery worlds and notes the dangers of crafting sharp distinctions between aquatic worlds and terrestrial ones.

Fixing Hunger at its Roots by Garrett M. Broad (De-Provincializing Development Series)

September 26, 2017

In this post, Garrett Broad describes community-based efforts to combat food insecurity in the United States and the rising stakes of the current administration’s plans to roll back food assistance and nutrition programs.

Ethnography and the Militarization of the American Dream: A Conversation Between Gina M. Pérez and Zoë H. Wool

September 19, 2017

In this conversation, Gina M. Perez and Zoë H. Wool discuss the moral, political, and personal stakes of US militarism.

Falling Further Behind on Health by Emily K. Brunson and Jessica Mulligan (De-Provincializing Development Series)

July 11, 2017

Emily K. Brunson and Jessica Mulligan weigh in on the current debates over health care in the United States, highlighting the failures of the US health system to provide equitable access to health care

Introduction: De-Provincializing Development

July 11, 2017

Yarimar Bonilla and Adia Benton introduce a new series, "De-Provincializing Developmentin," which will examine the United Nations' newly established Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the next several months, we will be featuring essays from anthropologists and other scholars who rate how the United States fares in relation to the seventeen SDGs.

Environmental In/Justice in Uncertain Times: An Interview with Barbara Rose Johnston

June 26, 2017

In this installment of our “Public Dialogues” series, Christian Wells talks to Barbara Rose Johnston about recent shifts in attitudes toward environmental justice issues in the US government, the impacts that might result from proposed changes, and how anthropologists can position themselves to respond.

Immigrant Labor Before and After Trump: An Interview with Sarah B. Horton

June 14, 2017

Sarah B. Horton discusses her work on "crimmigration" and the role of public anthropology in contemporary immigration debates.

How Not to Think About Fake News by Jonah S. Rubin

March 30, 2017

Jonah Rubin unpacks the political ideologies behind how we get our news.

Activist Anthropology: A Conversation between Daniel M. Goldstein and Keisha-Khan Y. Perry

March 27, 2017

A conversation between Daniel Goldstein and Keisha-Khan Perry on public/activist anthropologies and decolonial approaches to research and teaching.