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57. Anthropology and/of Mental Health Part Two
Jun 25 • 77 min
The “Anthropology and/of Mental Health” series is a two-part exploration of anthropologists’ experiences with mental health. In this episode, Anar expands the conversation about mental health in anthropology through conversations and contributions about…
56. Children’s carework in a global pandemic: Anthropology of childhood and infectious disease
May 15 • 53 min
Hunleth and Yount-André discuss Hunleth’s research on children’s caregiving amid Zambia’s tuberculosis (TB) outbreak and trace parallels with today’s COVID19 pandemic. They look at the role of proximity, recognizing the different ways children offer care,…
55. Raciolinguistic Ideologies & Decolonizing Anthropologies: A Conversation With Jonathan Rosa
Feb 17 • 70 min
Jonathan Rosa discusses raciolinguistic ideologies, a framework developed by Rosa and Professor Nelson Flores (University of Pennsylvania) to critique the racialization of various speaking subjects and their linguistic practices. The interview begins with…
What Does Anthropology Sound Like: Activism
Jan 20 • 50 min
Sophie Chao and Bianca Williams discuss activism, organizing, and anthropology in the first installment of a new Anthropod series: What Does Anthropology Sound Like.
53. Anthropology and/of Mental Health Pt. 1
Nov 14, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, AnthroPod Contributing Editor Anar Parikh talks to Prof. Beatriz-Reyes Foster and Prof. Rebecca Lester about their blog series “Trauma and Resilience in Ethnographic Fieldwork” on Anthrodendum. For more, visit…
52. Anthropologists as Public Intellectuals: Kristen Ghodsee & Ruth Behar in conversation
Aug 15, 2019 • 62 min
Ruth Behar speaks with Kristen Ghodsee about how anthropologists can be public intellectuals: They discuss how can anthropologists maintain credibility as scholars within the academy while also speaking to broader audiences; the necessity of patience and…
51. Cashlessness: A Look at Life on the Margins of a Digitalizing Economy
Jun 27, 2019 • 26 min
Guests Camilla Ida Ravnbøl and Marie Kolling explore the impact that digitalizing economies have on communities that are poor and highly cash dependent. The episode features Ravnbøl’s research with Roma migrants at the Roskilde Festival, a music festival…
AnthroBites: Anthropology of NGOs
May 2, 2019 • 19 min
Mark Schuller on anthropological work in, with, and on NGOs.
50. Walking amid Wonder: Tulasi Srinivas and Namita Dharia in Conversation
Mar 19, 2019 • 46 min
Guests Namita Dharia and Tulasi Srinivas discuss the possibilities for an anthropology of wonder. Their conversation builds out from Srinivas’s latest book, “The Cow in the Elevator: An Anthropology of Wonder,” and explores questions of positionality in…
49. When Fieldwork Breaks Your Heart
Feb 14, 2019 • 39 min
In “When Fieldwork Breaks Your Heart,” guest producer Aisha Sultan considers the question: what do you do when fieldwork threatens to break your heart? While graduate seminars and methodological reflections within anthropology often focus on the…
48. (W)Rap on Gender Sexuality
Jan 24, 2019 • 47 min
“(W)Rap on: Gender/Sexuality” is the third episode of the (W)Rap On series at AnthroPod, which brings anthropologists into conversation with artists, activists, and scholars from other disciplines and perspectives. The series is loosely inspired by James…
47.(W)rap on Immigration
Jan 3, 2019 • 51 min
Anthropologist Jason De León and journalist Maria Hinojosa discuss migration, U.S. border militarization, and teaching and writing in political times. Journalist Julio Ricardo Varela moderates the conversation. This episode is part of the (W)rap On:…
46. Reading List for a Progressive Environmental Anthropology
Dec 17, 2018 • 41 min
This roundtable discussion explores the recently published Reading List for a Progressive Environmental Anthropology. The crowdsourced reading list is a project organized by Bridget Guarasci (Franklin and Marshall College), Amelia Moore (University of…
AnthroBites: Queer Anthropology
Oct 15, 2018 • 18 min
Margot Weiss explores the origins, presents and futures of queer anthropology.
45. (W)Rap on Race
Aug 27, 2018 • 35 min
“(W)Rap On: Race” features anthropologist Shalini Shankar discussing race, social activism, and pedagogy with Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson. Christien Tompkins moderates the conversation. (W)Rap on Race is the inaugural episode of the new…
44. Sounds of Economic Collapse in Egypt
Jul 10, 2018 • 26 min
Maria Frederika Malmstrom on the Sound of Economic Collapse in Egypt
43. AnthroPod Crossover Post: The Familiar Strange with Vijayendra Rao
Jun 12, 2018 • 48 min
Vijayendra Rao, an economist with the World Bank, talks with anthropologist Ian Pollock about the theory and practice of development, anthropology’s relationship to development, and how ethnography might help the disenfranchised engage with powerful…
AnthroBites: Hunters & Gathers
Jun 6, 2018 • 17 min
Graeme Warren explains what we can learn about histories and cultures through Hunter & Gatherer research.
42. Schools, Prisons, and Blackness in America: A Conversation with Damien Sojoyner
May 9, 2018 • 57 min
Damien Sojoyner on race, education, imprisonment, and their intersection in the United States.
41. Teresa Caldeira on Urban Practices and Ethnographic Intimacy
Apr 17, 2018 • 24 min
Teresa Caldeira discusses her recent research on urban practices and forms of cultural production from the peripheries of São Paulo, Brazil that are reshaping public space, including rap music, graffiti, ostentation funk, and pixação Producer: Liliana Gil…
AnthroBites: Feminist Anthropology
Mar 15, 2018 • 15 min
Christa Craven discusses feminist anthropology in this episode of AnthroBites, the podcast that makes key concepts in anthropology more digestible.
40. Anthropology’s Politics: A Conversation with Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar
Feb 13, 2018 • 44 min
Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar discuss their recent book, Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East (2015). They touch on how political and economic pressures shape how U.S.-based scholars research and teach about the Middle East, how certain…
39. Podcasts and Pedagogy: Audio in the Anthropology Classroom
Jan 16, 2018 • 24 min
Angela Jenks shares her approach to anthropological pedagogy and offers thoughtful insights into how anthropologists might begin thinking about how to incorporate podcasts into their syllabi.
38. The Anthropology of Media in a Post-Truth Era
Dec 21, 2017 • 47 min
Anthropologists of media and journalism reflect on the current post-truth era in the United States means for research and teaching. This episode features a panel from the the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association with Naomi…
37. More-than-Human Politics
Oct 11, 2017 • 62 min
Guest producers Stine Krøijer and Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen take up a debate that is central to current environmental and political anthropology: namely, how ethnographers can identify and describe the political when earth beings, spirits, or nonhuman…
AnthroBites: Sovereignty
Sep 27, 2017 • 15 min
Yarimar Bonilla discusses the concept of sovereignty and its anthropological applications in this episode of AnthroBites, the podcast that makes key concepts in anthropology more digestible.
36. Drone: Anthropology, Poetry, Military
Sep 15, 2017 • 34 min
Hugh Gusterson, Kim Garcia, and a U.S. military drone operator on active duty discuss the representation of drone warfare. Their conversation engages the ways we think about communities of expertise and war, as well as how we represent the experiences of…
AnthroBites: Scientific Racism
Aug 29, 2017 • 16 min
Rachel Watkins discusses the origins and legacies of scientific racism for AnthroBites, the podcast that makes key concepts in anthropology more digestible.
35. Ethnography and Design 3: Labor in the Gig Economy
Aug 15, 2017 • 25 min
Lilly Irani discusses the human labor behind artificial intelligence technology. Irani helped create a platform called Turkopticon to support workers on Amazon Mechanical Turk, a website that outsources micro data processing work. Irani also talks about…
34. Ethnography and Design 2: Swedish Design and Ethnocharrettes
Jul 13, 2017 • 34 min
Keith Murphy discusses the anthropology of design through his work on Swedish design as well as bringing design methods into ethnography through ethnocharrettes.
33. Ethnography and Design 1: Disability, Design, and Performance
Jun 13, 2017 • 29 min
Cassandra Hartblay discusses design and ethnography through her work on disability in Russia.
32. Animals and Anthropology
May 25, 2017 • 29 min
Theory, method, and politics of studying human-animal relations from anthropological perspectives with Nikhil Anand, Philippe Descola, Radhika Govindrajan, Laura Ogden, and Paige West.
31. Socializing Through Technology: Pokémon GO in Downtown Detroit
Apr 11, 2017 • 44 min
Guest podcaster David Lein examines the impact of Pokémon GO on communities, both digital and physical, in conversation with Michigan-based scholars John Cheney-Lippold, Eric Montgomery, and individuals in Detroit who are using Pokémon GO.
30. Outer Space Trilogy 3: Ice Cream And Architecture
Mar 14, 2017 • 46 min
In the third and final episode in our trilogy on outer space, anthropologist Valerie Olson discusses systems thinking in the Anthropocene, off-world architecture and garbage, as well as food and health beyond Earth.
29. Outer Space Trilogy 2: Moon Dust And Cosmo/politics
Feb 14, 2017 • 42 min
In the second episode in our trilogy on outer space, anthropologist Debbora Battaglia discusses cosmo/politics, the diary of a space zucchini, and the social life of moon dust. For more, visit
28. The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: Anthropologists Reflect on What Just Happened
Jan 26, 2017 • 84 min
The role of race, class, gender, neoliberalism, and more in the 2016 election discussed by leading anthropologists.
27. Outer Space Trilogy 1: Haircuts And Billionaires
Jan 9, 2017 • 44 min
In the first episode in our trilogy on outer space, anthropologist David Valentine discusses haircuts in space, the colonization of Mars, the rise of the billionaire-led NewSpace community. For more, visit
26. Alma Gottlieb on Experiments in Ethnographic Writing
Nov 15, 2016 • 42 min
In this episode, Dr. Alma Gottlieb discusses her approach to ethnographic writing. For more, visit
Anthropod Episode 25. Anna Tsing on Landscapes and the Anthropocene
Jul 6, 2016 • 52 min
Anna Tsing on Landscapes and the Anthropocene
24. (Higher Quality) Charlene Makley on Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests
May 12, 2016 • 49 min
Anthropod talks with Prof. Charlene Makley (Reed College) about her article, “The Sociopolitical Lives of Dead Bodies: Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests as Mass Media.” For more, visit
24. Charlene Makley on Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests
May 4, 2016 • 49 min
Anthropod talks with Prof. Charlene Makley (Reed College) about her article, “The Sociopolitical Lives of Dead Bodies: Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests as Mass Media.” For more, visit
23. Sverker Finnström and Federica Guglielmo on fieldwork and morality.
Mar 25, 2016 • 36 min
AnthroPod talked with Sverker Finnström and Federica Guglielmo on the connections between Finnström’s research on the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, Guglielmo’s research on the Rwandan genocide, and the SANT 2015 conference theme “Anthropology and…
22. Helena Wulff on Writing Anthropology
Feb 25, 2016 • 35 min
AnthroPod talks to Helena Wulff about the practice of writing and the difference between writing academic and public texts. Helena Wulff is Professor of social anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology at Stockholm University.
21. Dr. Livia Stone On Contested Walls And Natural Forces.
Feb 15, 2016 • 31 min
Dr. Livia Stone on the contested walls of Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico, and their interplay with natural forces. Based on the photo essay “As Fluid as a Brick Wall”, which Livia co-authored with Dr. Abigail C. Stone. The photo essay appeared in the November…
20. Paolo Favero on Visual Methods
Dec 19, 2015 • 29 min
Paolo Favero on visual methods in the field. In our conversation, Favero shares his engagement with visual methods and suggests that using a camera is not about documenting empirical evidence but a process of producing the empirical field material and…
19. #BlackLivesMatter: Anthropologists on Protest, Policing and Race-Based Violence
Nov 18, 2015 • 54 min
Three anthropologists share insights on the #BlackLivesMatter movement, social media, policing, race-based violence and histories of African American protest. Featuring Yarimar Bonilla, Laurence Ralph and Mark Auslander.
18. Tobias Rees On Global Health And Humanity
Nov 4, 2015 • 39 min
In this episode of AnthroPod, Stacy Topouzova and Rupa Pillai interview Tobias Rees, author of “Humanity/Plan; or, On the ‘Stateless’ Today (Also Being an Anthropology of Global Health)”, which appears in the August 2014 issue of Cultural Anthropology.…
17. Kevin Lewis O’Neill: An Interview with the Winner of the 2014 Cultural Horizons Prize
Jun 25, 2015 • 59 min
AnthroPod speaks with Kevin Lewis O’Neill, the winner of the 2014 Cultural Horizons Prize for his essay, “Left Behind: Security, Salvation, and the Subject of Prevention” from the May 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology. Professor O’Neill is an associate…
16. Dorothy E. Roberts On The Future Of Race In Science- Regression Or Revolution?
Mar 5, 2015 • 41 min
On this episode of AnthroPod, the podcast of the Society of Cultural Anthropology, we listen to Dorothy E. Roberts’s keynote address from the 2014 meeting of the American Anthropological Association. For more on information, visit:…
15. Naisargi Dave on Animal Rights Activism in India
Feb 2, 2015 • 61 min
Naisargi Dave talks with us about the origins of her interest in animal activism, her experiences doing fieldwork, and reads selections from her essay and forthcoming work.
14. Charles Briggs on the Work of Mourning
Nov 19, 2014 • 59 min
Charles Briggs talks to psychoanalyst Maureen Katz about the anthropology of mourning. They discuss a letter titled “Dear Dr. Freud” that Professor Briggs wrote to Sigmund Freud about the experience of a traumatic epidemic in rural Venezuela. They…
13. Laura Moran on Symbolic Ethnic Capital in Australia
Oct 7, 2014 • 29 min
On this episode of AnthroPod, Rupa Pillai interviews Dr. Laura Moran about how Sudanese young people with refugee backgrounds use hip hop music and style in Brisbane, Australia. Dr. Moran present her work at the 112th annual meeting of the American…
12. Ethnography of Post-Genocide
Sep 10, 2014 • 45 min
On this episode of AnthroPod, Jonah S. Rubin interviews three anthropologists working in the aftermath of genocides. The works these authors are discussing were originally presented at a panel entitled “Gray Zones and their Aftermaths: Memory, Mourning,…
11. Publishing Anthropology Pt. 2 : Process and Infrastructure
Aug 1, 2014 • 66 min
This episode of AnthroPod is the second of a two-part series on publishing in academia. We go behind-the-scenes of academic publishing, looking to the past and the future with the incoming editors of Cultural Anthropology, Dominic Boyer, James Faubion,…
10. Publishing Anthropology Pt. 1: What Editors Want
Jul 18, 2014 • 78 min
This episode of AnthroPod is the first of a two-part series on publishing in academia. In Part 1, we go behind-the-scenes in the editorial offices of Cultural Anthropology, American Anthropologist, and Duke University Press with Anne Allison, Tom…
9. Nicholas D’Avella on Ecologies of Investment in Argentina
May 31, 2014 • 45 min
Nicholas D’Avella, postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley’s Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, talks about the complex networks of debt, currency valuation, and real estate that Argentines find themselves caught up in and the stories…
8. Can Scholarship Be Free To Read? Cultural Anthropology Goes Open Access
Feb 19, 2014 • 84 min
On this episode of AnthroPod, the podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Bascom Guffin and Jonah S Rubin interview four leading voices pushing for open access in anthropology. With its February 2014 issue, the journal of Cultural Anthropology…
Episode 7 - Worlding with the Body
Jan 23, 2014 • 52 min
We return again to the November 2013 American Anthropological Association meeting in Chicago to showcase the panel entitled “Worlding with the Body.” In this episode the five panelists consider how the concept of “worlding” — that is, how bodies are not…
Episode 6 – Right-wing Activists, Algorithms, PTSD, and Drug Replacement Therapy
Dec 21, 2013 • 43 min
Conversations from the November 2013 American Anthropological Association meeting in Chicago. Tomomi Yamaguchi talks about right-wing activists in Japan. Nick Seaver explains the cultural importance of algorithms. Walter Callaghan shares his personal…
Episode 5 - John Hartigan on Genomics, Biology, and the Anthropology Of Race
Nov 14, 2013 • 61 min
In this episode of AnthroPod, Bascom Guffin and Grant Jun Otsuki interview John Hartigan (University of Texas, Austin) about his work on race, genomics, and biology in Mexico. He talks about his essay in the August 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology,…
Episode 4.1 - Saida Hodzic - On Global Health Governance
Oct 21, 2013 • 41 min
On this episode of AnthroPod, the podcast of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, Jonah S Rubin interviews Prof. Saida Hodzic (Cornell) about her article in the Fubruary 2013 issue of Cultual Anthropology, entitled: “Ascertaining Deadly Harms:…
Episode 3 - Kamari M. Clarke on Cultural Citizenship
Sep 16, 2013 • 39 min
Kamari M. Clarke on Cultural Citizenship. In this episode of AnthroPod, Rupa Pillai interviews Kamari Maxine Clarke, author of “Notes on Cultural Citizenship in the Black Atlantic World”, which appears in the August 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology.…
Episode 2 - Richard Handler on Anthropology and Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Education
Aug 15, 2013 • 40 min
In this episode of AnthroPod, the podcast of The Society for Cultural Anthropology, editorial intern Jonah S Rubin interviews Prof. Richard Handler (UVA) about his article in the May 2013 issue of Cultural Anthropology, entitled: “Disciplinary Adaptation…
Episode 1 - Michael Fisch on Tokyo’s Train Suicides
Jul 14, 2013 • 47 min
Michael Fisch on Tokyo’s Train Suicides. In the first installment of AnthroPod, Bascom Guffin and Grant Otsuki interview Michael Fisch, author of “Tokyo’s Train Suicides and the Society of Emergence”, which appears in the May 2013 issue of Cultural…