Greetings, from the Incoming Editor

7 Jan

Greetings all,

My name is Dick Powis and I’ll be taking over the NASA e-Journal, Student Anthropologist, from Sara Smith. Sara has left me with a very firm foundation on which to work – much thanks to her.

Currently, I’m a second-year PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis, with support from a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. I received a BA in Anthropology from Cleveland State University in 2013. Before that I was in the culinary industry for about seven years. I’ve been involved with AAA and NASA since my freshman year, so I’m quite sympathetic to undergraduate research and publication. Finally, I blog for Savage Minds (

My research, in Dakar, Senegal, focuses on the ways in which young men prepare themselves for fatherhood, both in the long-term and during the pregnancy of their partners. This entails research interests in reproductive health, fatherhood, kinship, couvade, gender, Post-Colonial Studies, and Science and Technology Studies.

As the new editor of Student Anthropologist, I’m excited to have the opportunity to promote undergraduate research and publication. Faculty, staff, and graduates: as you mentor and advise your undergraduates, I hope that you will continue to suggest that they submit their original research to Student Anthropologist, which, for clarity’s sake, is peer-reviewed and four-field. That being said, I hope not to dissuade graduate submission of original research, commentaries, and book reviews. Student Anthropologist is a perfect journal by which to familiarize oneself with the sometimes daunting peer review process.

So here’s the plan. I will have Calls for Editorial Board Members and a Book Review Editor out presently. In particular, I’ll be looking for people who can manage design (i.e. InDesign or Pages), social media, and our peer review database, but there are other less-demanding tasks as well. By the end of the month, I will send out a Call for Papers for the 2016 issue and a Call for Peer Reviewers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

All the best,
Dick Powis
Editor, Student Anthropologist


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