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Announcing Student Anthropologist 2019

28 Dec

I am proud to present the 2019 issue of Student Anthropologist.

After several years of a limited existence, the Student Anthropologist is more robust than ever. In this edition our readers will find sixteen different works, including original research articles, think pieces, photo commentaries, and book reviews written by up-and-coming, young anthropologists. As the National Association of Student Anthropologists’ flagship, peer-reviewed journal, the Student Anthropologist is guided by the thematic and theoretical interests of students, offering scholars of any level or subfield an opportunity to voice their perspectives. This edition includes topics as wide-ranging as dance heritage management (Valleroy; Creek), subsistence strategies of small-scale farmers (Morrill & King), and a philosophical exploration of the words and theoretical frames we use to conceptualize our very existence (Hanschu). With a geographic spread from Australia to Bangladesh to Nepal to Iceland and closer to home in Chicago, the 2018/2019 issue includes methodological reflections (Husain; Winful; Forbes) balanced by ethnographic insights (Walters; Walters; Hurley) and poignant reviews of the provocative new titles released by more advanced scholars (Commerer; Heffernan; Mylin; Mittal; McMillen; Martinez). The student authors in this issue also cover an impressive theoretical breath from strategies of neoliberal city-making to the political economy of tourism, touching on the ethics of fieldwork at home after a long absence and the way forward for the discipline by embracing technological advancement while holding on to historical nuance. We hope that our readers will enjoy the glimpse these articles provide into the topics and issues that will continue to rise in the field over the next decades as young scholars, such as those showcased here, move forward in academia and beyond.

This issue would not have been possible without the tireless work of several individuals, particularly Interim Editor Stephanie Mojica. Along with Peer Review Editor Alexea Howard and Book Review Editor Elizabeth Holdsworth, Stephanie was the rejuvenating force the SA needed to get back off the ground. The work I have done this year finalizing the edition is fully indebted to these three women’s persistence and dedication. I would also like to thank Design Editor Daisy Li for her creative technical skills, allowing us to publish the issue after long delays. Finally, we at the SA are grateful for the support and advice we have received from the AAA Publishing Board, particularly Director Janine McKenna.

I hope all our readers enjoy this edition and stay tuned for the 2019/2020 issue coming next year.

Bridget Kelly, Editor

*Research Article, Commentary, and Book Review submissions are always welcome for the our next issue (2021), but an official call will be distributed shortly.*

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


Call for Papers and Peer Reviews—2019/2020 Edition

12 Apr

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2019

About: Student Anthropologist is the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists, the largest organization of student anthropologists in the world. It is an annual digital publication. We encourage students from all levels and disciplines to contribute to the journal.

Aim and Scope: We aim to provide students with an opportunity to present their research and voice their perspectives through our annual publication, Student Anthropologist. With each issue we explore new directions in anthropology, allowing student interests to guide our selection of thematic and theoretical avenues of inquiry. We seek a plurality of voices from all subfields and levels within the discipline. Student Anthropologist welcomes not only original research addressing anthropological issues and problems, but also submissions that examine how anthropological skills, ideas, and ethnography can shed light on contemporary social issues. The journal is committed to guiding students through the peer review and revision process to publish innovative and high-quality articles.

Submission Guidelines: We seek scholarly submissions from undergraduate and graduate students worldwide, in particular those emphasizing anthropology’s capacity to inform public issues, social problems, and global realities. These submissions should contain original research or commentary. In accordance with general academic publishing guidelines, articles must not have been previously published elsewhere (in full or in part). However, non-published conference papers adapted to fit our journal’s guidelines may be acceptable. Please disclose if your paper has been or will be part of a conference presentation. We will work with you to see if we can accommodate you, depending on the circumstances.

Any student (in any country in the world) enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral program may submit. While this is an anthropology journal, students do not need to be enrolled in an anthropology program. We will also consider submissions from people who graduated in 2016 or 2017. Your submission should be at least partially based on research or other work you did while enrolled in a college or a university.

We accept four types of scholarly submissions:

  1. Research Articles: based on the author’s original research; under 6,000 words in length.
  2. Commentary: opinion, theory, or “think” pieces that are the author’s original work. Submissions might include such mediums as written pieces (approximately 2,000 words in length), photo essays (10 photos and 1,000 words of commentary) and videos/YouTube© clips (10-minute maximum in duration and 1,000 words of commentary).
  3. Book Reviews: detailed information will be released in a separate post.
  4. Photo Essays: 10 to 20 compelling photos, ideally from the anthropological field, that tell a story in themselves. However, you can include up to 1,000 words of commentary. Again, you must have the legal rights to any and all images that will be published in Student Anthropologist.

All submissions should include:

  1. A cover sheet (the first page of the document) containing the author’s name, contact information, paper title, student status and affiliation, and any relevant acknowledgments.
  2. A double-spaced manuscript that adheres to The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)and does not contain any identifying information about the author (peer review is double-blind). This should also include a 250-word abstract and three keywords. Please save the document with your last name as the document name.
  3. Send your photos/graphics in an email or send a link such as Google Drive that only you and Student Anthropologist can access. (Again, we cannot publish previously published submissions — including photos and commentaries on personal blogs and/or social media.)

All submissions should be sent to the Managing Editor, Bridget Kelly, at

Interested in Peer Reviewing?
In addition to publishing excellent student research, Student Anthropologist also aims to provide students of all levels with professional editorial opportunities. Students act as peer reviewers and editors.

If you would like to peer review or are interested in other journal production opportunities, please contact the Managing Editor, Bridget Kelly, at


3 Feb

Call for Design Editor
Submission Deadline: March 20, 2019.

Student Anthropologist, the journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (a section of the American Anthropological Association) is currently seeking applications for a Design Editor for our 2019 issue.

The Design Editor must be a current part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate student in ANY discipline at any accredited college or university in the world. Recent graduates may also apply. An interest in anthropology and/or academic publishing is strongly preferred.

Student Anthropologist is published online in PDF format; we are not a print publication.

Required responsibilities and skills:

  • Create the cover for the 2019 annual issue, coordinating with the E-Journal Editor as appropriate.
  • Create any graphics needed to accompany articles in the issue, using a program such as Photoshop or Illustrator (Design Editor’s choice).
  • Improve the quality of any photos included in the issue, using a program such as Photoshop (Design Editor’s choice).
  • Resize and/or crop photos included in the 2018 issue, using a program such as Photoshop (Design Editor’s choice).
  • Design and layout the issue, using a program such as InDesign, Pages for Mac, Microsoft Publisher, or Microsoft Word (Design Editor’s choice).

Please send the following information to the E-Journal Editor, Bridget Kelly, at

  1. Name
  2. Current college or university
  3. Level (undergrad or graduate)
  4. Major
  5. Resume or CV
  6. If your graphic design/publication layout experience is not evident from your resume or CV, please give a paragraph or two about any relevant coursework and/or freelance work.
  7. Examples of graphics you have created
  8. Examples of documents/publications you have designed and/or done layout for. (optional, but candidates with such samples will be given priority consideration)

As is traditional with student publications, there is no pay. However, this is an invaluable opportunity to gain professional experience in academic publishing.

The deadline for applications is March 20, 2019.


26 Jan

Call for Editor
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2019

The Anthropology Book Forum, an open access book and film review journal hosted by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and operated by the National Association of Student Anthropologists (NASA), is currently accepting applications for an Editor. This position will be for one year (2019-2020) with the possibility of an extension into the following academic year. The Editor is primarily responsible for communicating with publishers and reviewers as well as selecting, editing, and publishing reviews. This Editor will work under the supervision of the NASA E-Journal Editor and will have mentorship opportunities from previous editors of other AAA journals.

The Anthropology Book Forum publishes reviews of both books and films of relevance and interest to a general anthropological audience, including sociocultural, linguistic, biological and linguistic anthropology as well as archaeology and closely cognate disciplines. The journal operates on a continuous publication model, publishing reviews as the editing process is completed. Professional as well as student authors are accepted and encouraged.

The specific duties of the Editor include:

  • Working with the AnthroBookForum’s existing publisher connections to develop our selection of books for review
  • Soliciting book review manuscripts from scholars whose works relate to the themes developed in the books we offer for review
  • Copy-editing texts to meet the AnthroBookForum’s standards for book reviews
  • Publishing the finished reviews online through the Anthropology News website

Interested applicants should send the following materials to the NASA E-Journal Editor, Bridget Kelly, at

  1. Full name
  2. University Affiliation
  3. A current CV (with emphasis on your editorial experience or connection to anthropology)
  4. A brief response to: What is your vision for the future of the AnthroBookForum? If selected as Editor what steps would you take to pursue that vision?
  5. Optional: A writing sample, either a journal article, academic term paper, or book review

It is highly recommended that the Editor has been or is currently enrolled in an anthropology program at the undergraduate or graduate level. There is special preference for those applicants with editorial experience. *You do not need to be a U.S. citizen or attending a U.S. college to apply.*

Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with AnthroBookForum Reviews at:

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.