CALL for Book Reviews – 2019

12 May

Deadline for Book Requests: Saturday, June 15th, 2019.

Reviews due four to six weeks after book is received.

Student Anthropologist is the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (the largest organization of anthropologist students in the world). It is an annual digital publication. Students from all levels and disciplines are encouraged to contribute. 

Aim and scope of journal
We aim to provide students with an opportunity to present their research and voice their perspectives through our annual publication, Student Anthropologist. We seek a plurality of voices from all subfields in each issue. Student Anthropologist welcomes submissions which explore how anthropological skills, ideas, and ethnography can have an impact on contemporary social issues. Student Anthropologist is also committed to guiding students through the peer review and revision process to craft excellent articles.

We are currently seeking submissions for our book review section. A list of potential books is provided below. The journal also accepts volunteered book reviews. Please contact the Book Review Editor (Kira Stalker at with book review suggestions. 

 Student Anthropologist is interested in three types of book reviews:

  1. Book reviews of current award-winning anthropology texts, including those of AAA section award winners;
  2. Book reviews of recently published ethnographies (within the past three years), edited volumes or other texts, which possess particularly useful pedagogical qualities;
  3. Reviews of two or three recently published books (within the past five years) focusing on a particular topic (i.e. well-being, kinship, etc.).

All potential authors are encouraged to contact the Book Review Editor before submitting a complete review to make sure that the books in which they are interested have not been reviewed and are appropriate for review

In each review, we request that you offer an overview of the text’s content and thesis. Beyond that, we expect you to provide a critical assessment of the text and to offer substantive and fair commentary on, for example, the quality of the theory, methodology, writing style, innovation, and connection to other published work. Please do refrain from a discussion of the author unless it is critical to the material. As a journal for and by students, Student Anthropologist is also particularly concerned with the pedagogical value of books. We encourage you to comment on the pedagogical qualities of the text. Why is reading this book important for anthropology students? What courses or level of students would benefit from reading it?

When writing your review, we also request that you consider the following guidelines:

  • Book review manuscripts must be 800-1,000 words long. (A multiple book review can be slightly longer, about 1,200-1,400 words.) Book reviews falling far short of or far exceeding this length will be returned to their authors without being examined. 
    • Manuscripts must be in 12-point font, double- spaced, with one-inch margin on all sides. Please save the manuscript as a Word document (.doc file), with your last name as the document name.
    • The submission should include the manuscript and a cover sheet containing the author’s name, contact information, student status and affiliation.
    • Please include publication data for the book at the top of the first page, using punctuation as follows: Title of the Book. Author’s Name. Place of publication: Publisher, date of publication. Number of pages. ISBN.
    • When reviewing an edited volume, do not feel that you must write about or mention every chapter. Instead describe the overall focus of the volume, pick a few significant contributions and discuss those in detail. Review previous publications for examples.
    • Be specific. Avoid vague affirmations or general statements. Instead of saying that the reviewed book is, for example, innovative, explain why it is so.
    • Reviews should not require footnotes. Avoid lengthy quotations and limit references to four-six. In-text references are cited in parentheses, with last name(s), year of publication, and where necessary, page numbers.
    • Manuscripts should follow the 17thedition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

*The editors reserve the right to reject or return for revision any submitted material on the grounds of inappropriate subject matter, quality, length, or nonconformity with the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

All submissions and inquiries should be sent to the Book Review Editor at the contact information listed below.

Kira Stalker
Student Anthropologist Book Review Editor
George Mason University
Anthropology Department
4400 University Dr

Fairfax, VA 22030


Deadline: Saturday, June 15th, 2018.


2019 Books for Review

If you are interested in reviewing one of these books or another not on this list, please contact the Book Review Editor, Kira Stalker at

Cultural Anthropology

Title Author Year Publisher
Tell me why my children died Briggs & Mantini-Briggs 2016 Duke University Press
Biomedical Odysseys Priscilla Song 2017 Princeton
Democracy’s Infrastructure Antina Von Schnitzler 2016 Princeton
The Mushroom at the End of the World Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 2016 Princeton
Green wars Megan Ybarra 2018 University of California Press
Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair Emma Tarlo 2016 Oneworld Press
Owners of the sidewalk Daniel Goldstein 2016 Duke Unviersity Press
Humanitarian aftershocks in Haiti Mark Schuller 2016 Rutgers University Press
 Mourning Remains: State Atrocity, Exhumations, and Governing the Disappeared in Peru’s Postwar Andes Isaias Rojas-Perez 2017 Stanford University
Hydraulic City: Water and the Infrastructures of Citizenship in Mumbai Nikhil Anand 2017 Duke University
Grounded Authority: The Algonquins of Barriere Lake Against the State Shiri Pasternak 2017 University of Minnestoa
Empire in the Air Chandra D. Bhimull 2017 New York University
Military Anthropology: Soldiers, Scholars and Subjects at the Margins of Empire Montgomery McFate 2018 Oxford University
 Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars Carolyn Sufrin 2017 University of California

Biological Anthropology

Title Author Year Publisher
The Social Origins of Language Seyfarth and Cheney 2017 Princeton
Primates and Philosophers Frans de Waal 2016 Princeton
Costly and cute Trevathan and Rosenberg 2016 University of New Mexico Press
Zika: from the Brazilian backlands to global threat Debora Diniz 2017 Zed Books
Demography and evolutionary ecology of Hadza hunter-gatherers Nicholas Blurton Jones 2016 Cambridge University Press
Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, and Religion at an Ethiopian Hospital Anita Hannig 2017 University of Chicago
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived Adam Rutherford 2018 Weidenfield and Nicolson

Linguistic Anthropology

Title Author Year Published Publisher
Singular and Plural Kathryn Woolard 2016 Oxford University
Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts Sonia Das 2016 Oxford University
Signing and Belonging in Nepal Erika Hoffmann- Dilloway 2016 Gallaudet University
Language, Capitalism, Colonialism: Toward a Critical History Monica Heller and Bonnie Mcelhinny 2017 University of Toronto
Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad Jonathan Rosa 2019 Oxford University


Title Author Year Published Publisher
Spooky Archaeology: Myth and the Science of the Past


Jeb J. Card 2019 University  of Mexico Press
Adventures in Archaeology: The Wreck of the Orca II and Other Explorations P.J. Capelotti 2018 University Press of Florida
The Archaeology of Art: Materials, Practices, Affects (Themes in Archaeology Series) Andrew Meiron Jones and Andrew Cochrane 2018 Routledge


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