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.

Decentralizing Energy

July 3, 2018

In this post, Myles Lennon and Douglas Rogers consider the promises and potential pitfalls of decentralized energy systems.

Cover the Earth: Reclaiming Life and Land through the Prism of a Green Aesthetic

June 12, 2018

In this post, Kath Weston pushes us to think beyond "green" forms of environmentalism.

Gender-Based Violence in the US

April 3, 2018

In this post, Sameena Mulla calls for an expanded understanding of gender-based violence in the US and our possible responses to it.

Held Back: The Reluctance to Adopt a Human Rights Approach to Education in the US

March 20, 2018

In this post, Amanda Walker Johnson explores why the US has struggled to achieve real equity in public education.

Infrastructures, Disposed (De-Provincializing Development)

February 27, 2018

In this post, Catherine Fennell explores the issues around developing and disposing of public infrastructure—and how people are affected by infrastructural decay.

Eradicating Poverty: Good for Humanity, Bad for the Planet? (De-Provincializing Development)

February 19, 2018

In this post, Gustav Peebles encourages us to use anthropological knowledge to devise more sustainable forms of consumption and production in response to SDG #12.

The Problem with Jobs (De-Provincializing Development)

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.