Why I Chose Not to Get a PhD

This was originally published here on ethnography.com in April, 2012. Why did you choose to get a PhD (or not)? I got to spend some time with a friend recently that decided some time ago to restart her PhD work.  She is already ABD, but is starting the dissertation over from scratch.  My question was … Continue reading Why I Chose Not to Get a PhD

Why I chose not to get a PhD

I got to spend some time with a friend recently that decided some time ago to restart her PhD work.  She is already ABD, but is starting the dissertation over from scratch.  My question was “Why?” She is a well-respected professional, and within the her field a PhD will likely be of limited benefit professionally … Continue reading Why I chose not to get a PhD

American Anthropological Association Reassures Worried Nation faced with Mayan Apocalypse

1 APRIL 2012 (Ethnography.com Newswire) Washington, DC – American Anthropological Association Reassures Worried Nation faced with Mayan Apocalypse In light of the coming end of the world, The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has announced its official Continuity Plan to insure the nations vital resource of cultural anthropologists remains intact during the cannibalistic orgy of violence … Continue reading American Anthropological Association Reassures Worried Nation faced with Mayan Apocalypse

Applying Rolling Cohort Analysis to Unstable countries

A few year ago, I was working at Kodak and friend and I were talking about the idea of Rolling Segmentation.  More recently, we have been talking about how it relates to how that thinking can be applied to issues of instability and insurgency. I  have not given the idea much thought for the last … Continue reading Applying Rolling Cohort Analysis to Unstable countries

Undergrad Seminar: Time Management

Here we are in the 2nd half of the academic year. If the 1st half got off to a rocky start, maybe this is a good time to talk about time management. Not the "The 7 habits of that smugly overambitious go-getter" variety. This is aimed more at the "How can I squeeze school into … Continue reading Undergrad Seminar: Time Management

When do IEDs quit being IEDs? Why are we still treating insurgent munitions as folk arts?

I started as a university student, I was studying folklore and material culture, and IED’s certainly qualify as material culture that has the potential to tell you something beyond basic forensics. In this entry I am looking at IEDs using the language of business, innovation and ___________ ? The idea is to see what insights … Continue reading When do IEDs quit being IEDs? Why are we still treating insurgent munitions as folk arts?

EPIC 2012 Call for Submissions

If you have never been to EPIC or submitted for it, it is a great conference for anthropologists, engineer, designers, government types, or anyone else interested in how to bring user experience into the decision making process. Here is the notice: You can access it on the website here: http://epiconference.com/2012/ To join the EPIC mailing … Continue reading EPIC 2012 Call for Submissions

Another year, another round of blogging…

It is no surprise to anyone that has read this blog in the past that am an applied anthropologist, particularly work that I consider directly applied.  By that I mean the use of anthropological theory and method as a tool to move the goals of an organization further. Applied anthropology that focuses on studying the … Continue reading Another year, another round of blogging…

Now Avaliable: Anthropologists in the SecurityScape: Ethics, Practice, and Professional Identity

It has landed for all your holiday needs.  I have a chapter in the new book "Anthropologists in the SecurityScape" now available from Amazon. Description As the military and intelligence communities re-tool for the 21st century, the long and contentious debate about the role of social scientists in national security environments is dividing the disciplines … Continue reading Now Avaliable: Anthropologists in the SecurityScape: Ethics, Practice, and Professional Identity

Position Announcement: Senior Research Associate with Ethnographic Research Experience at Vera Institute of Justice

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT VERA INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE Center on Youth Justice The Vera Institute of Justice, founded in 1961, is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, technical assistance, and demonstration projects to assist leaders in government and civil society, examine justice policy and practice, and improve the systems … Continue reading Position Announcement: Senior Research Associate with Ethnographic Research Experience at Vera Institute of Justice

Ethnography.com sold to FOX News Corp for $123.6 million as part of new media strategy.

1 APRIL 2011 (Variety Newswire) NEW YORK – FOX News Corp and Ethnography.com has announced the acquisition of Ethnography.com by the conservative news network for $123.6 million dollars in cash and stock.  According to the agreement jointly released by Fox and Ethnography.com, the network assumes all rights to the domain, the content of the website … Continue reading Ethnography.com sold to FOX News Corp for $123.6 million as part of new media strategy.

Call for Videos–Applied Video Festival at the Society for Applied Anthropology

Call for Videos--Applied Video Festival at the Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle 2011 The Society for Applied Anthropology will hold a one-day Applied Video Festival at the 71st Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The festival is on April 1, 2011. One video producer will win a cash prize of $250 and free registration ($120) to … Continue reading Call for Videos–Applied Video Festival at the Society for Applied Anthropology