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 Limits of Official Statistics

April 14, 2021

In this post, Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein reflects on official statistics, common misunderstandings, and the COVID-19 numbers we're all becoming increasingly familiar with. She calls on readers to become more knowledgeable about what official statistics can and can't do and to question the epistemic priority that so many people reflexively give to numbers by paying attention to what is not included.

Commentaries on “The Case for Letting Anthropology Burn”

September 22, 2020

These commentaries respond to Ryan Cecil Jobson’s year-in-review essay, questioning the unitary“we” held to stand in for anthropological practitioners from a variety of vantage points, imaging new horizons for the discipline, and insisting that anthropology contribute to real-time material, affective, and ideological transformations.

Covid, Twitter, and Critique: An Interview with Carlo Caduff

July 2, 2020

In this post in our COVID-19 series, Yarimar Bonilla interviews Carlo Caduff about the politics of lockdowns, barriers to pandemic preparedness, and affective and critical responses to COVID-19.

Material Transformations of Memory

July 2, 2020

In this post in our COVID-19 series, the authors undertake a contemporary archaeology of the material changes being seen in the public spaces of Tromsø, Norway, highlighting the discrepancies between everyday practices and government policies.

No Borders in the Time of COVID-19

July 2, 2020

In this post in our COVID-19 series, Miriam Ticktin argues that we should use the pandemic to rethink political borders and our connections with each other.

Lives That Matter and Others That Don’t: Thoughts from Europe about this New Pandemic

July 2, 2020

In this post in our COVID-19 series, Veronica Gomez-Temesio reflects on Europes response to the disease and the politics of triage in light of her research on Ebola in Guinea.

COVID-19, Crystal Balls, and the Epidemic Imagination

July 2, 2020

In this post in our COVID-19 series, Jean Segata describes the epistemic intelligences associated with COVID-19 in Brazil, based on his work on scientists and policymakers combating mosquito-borne diseases.

Topologies of the Mask

July 2, 2020

In this post in our COVID-19 series, Chuan Hao (Alex) Chen urges us to think critically about the surfaces of masks.

An Interview with the Editor of American Anthropologist about the March 2020 Cover Controversy

June 29, 2020

Yarimar Bonilla and editor-in-chief Deborah Thomas discuss the March 2020 cover controversy.

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

May 27, 2020

In 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.