Broad Applications of Anthropology

On this website you will find details about my academic work both as an ethnographer working in the field as well as a teacher in the classroom. While many anthropologists may be considered “academics,” an increasing number are finding work in less traditional settings for the discipline. As social scientists, anthropologists do a great deal more outside of academia than you may have thought. This work includes not only non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations for which anthropologists have often worked but also the for-profit sector of multi-national and other corporations.

Anthropology in Google News


Here is a small collection of articles and information which reveal how the relevance of anthropological theory and practice is being recognized in non-academic settings, particularly in the corporate setting.

This is Anthropology” (American Anthropological Association)

Here’s Why Companies Are Desperate To Hire Anthropologists” (Business Insider)

Intel’s Sharp-Eyed Social Scientist” (New York Times)

Anthropology: Education for the 21st Century” (American Anthropological Association)

Hot Asset in Corporate” (USA Today)

Anthropologists on the Job” (CS Monitor)

Anthropologists go Native in Corporate Village” (Fast Company)

Anthropologists at Work” (National Association for the Practice of Anthropology)


RSS American Anthropological Association News

  • CFP: ART
    To coincide with ART Basel this June, Anthropology News is exploring its creative side. What can anthropology tell us about art and the people who make it? How can art and art practice challenge anthropology? What can art tell us about being human and the human imagination?
  • Talking about Sovereignty and Action with Gregory Feldman
    Ted Powers interviews Gregory Feldman about his 2019 book, The Gray Zone: Sovereignty, Human Smuggling, and Undercover Police Investigation in Europe.
  • Let’s Make the Academic Job Market More Humane
    Applying for academic jobs can be an all-consuming, costly, and opaque process. There are ways we can make a positive difference.
  • Two Hundred Years After the Monroe Doctrine
    The Americas offer endless examples of US intervention covert, overt, and by proxy.
  • Selling Food and Watching Baseball in Southern Mexico
    When the Oaxaca Guerreros Baseball players take the field from April to August, fans are likely to be indulging in tasty concession food. The familiar faces and voices of dozens of hard working food vendors are an integral part of the Guerreros baseball community and experience in the city of Oaxaca de Juárez.
  • Truth and Responsibility
    “Truth and Responsibility” is a call to reimagine anthropology to meet the demands of the present moment.
  • Gendered Moral Codes in China
    The legacy of collectivism and communism has been revived in the construction of a modern Guan Gong, a hero who embodies socially-desired moral codes and concepts of masculinity.
  • Violent Ghost Economies Make Refugees out of Guatemalan Entrepreneurs
    The walls lining the Quetzaltenango’s cobblestone streets are full of entrepreneurial ghosts—the remnants of shuttered businesses.
  • What’s the Point of Sections?
    We call ourselves the Society for Anthropological Sciences to reflect both a respect for rigor and empiricism and to acknowledge that science isn’t one and only one thing.
  • Stories of Kimchi and Zainichi Koreans in Japan
    How do Zainichi Koreans understand Japanese consumers’ open embrace of kimchi in light of Japan’s reluctant social acceptance of its Korean minority population?

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