Committee on Ethics



The Committee on Ethics is a standing committee of the Association, which is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association's ethics education and advisory program. The objectives of the ethics education program are:

1. to increase the number of candidates for all degrees in anthropology receiving training in ethics before graduating;
2. to provide ongoing education in ethical issues for all AAA members, and
3. to provide advice to AAA members facing/raising ethical dilemmas.

Duration of Committee:
Permanent; The AAA Association Operations Committee will review each committee advisory to the Board at least once in five years.

Committee Reports to:
The Executive Board

1. Work with the long-range Planning Committee and others, formulates visions and goals for the AAA ethics education and advisory program, consistent with the Association's long-range goals
2. Continually assess members' ethics education needs and interests
3. Provide advice to AAA members who are facing/raising ethical dilemmas
4. Assess progress toward attaining ethics education program vision and goals
5. Develop policy recommendations for the ethics education program
6. With the Ethics Contributing Editor of the Anthropology Newsletter, develop ideas for the Ethics column and materials for the AAA Ethics Page on the website
7. Sponsor an ethics-related session at the AAA annual meeting

Membership and Appointment:
10 member committee including the Chair
3 year terms
Committee members are elected at-large with designated seats for:
Applied anthropology
Linguistic anthropology
Biological anthropology
As well as 3 undesignated seats
The AN Column Editor, President and President-elect serve ex-officio
The Committee members select a chair from among its members.

The COE submits recommendations to the AAA Executive Board in the form of motions passed at its meetings. The Chair of the COE submits an annual program report to the Executive Board.

Meetings and Schedule:
The COE meets annually at the AAA annual meeting (November/December)

Staff Liaison and contact information: Stacy Lathrop, Managing Editor, Anthropology News, American Anthropological Association, 2200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 600, Arlington, VA 22201, 703/528-1902, fax 703/528-3546.

Ethics Committee Members

Chair :
Archaeology Seat
Alex W. Barker (E 05-08)
Museum of Art & Archaeology, Director
1 Pickard Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
(f)   573/884-4039


Undesignated Seat # 1
Carolyn Fluehr-Lobban 
(E 03-06)

Dept of Anthro & Geo
Gaige Hall
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI  02908
(o) 401/456-8006
(f) 401/461-0907


Undesignated Seat #2
Arthur A. Joyce (04-07)
Department of Anthropology
University of Colorado-Boulder
Boulder, CO  80309-0233
(o) 303/735-3055
(f) 303/492-1871


Undesignated Seat #3
Merrill Singer (04-07)
C/O Hispanic Health Council
175 Main Street
Hartford, CT  06106
(o) 860/527-0856 x 253
(f) 860/724-0437


Biological Seat and Chair-Elect
Katherine C. MacKinnon (E 05-08)
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice and Center for International Studies
Saint Louis University
3500 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO  63103
(o) 314/977-2167
(f) 314/977-3623

Cultural Seat
K Sivaramakrishnan (06-09)
Department of Anthropology
Yale University
P. O. Box 208277
New Haven, CT 06520-8277
(o) 203/432-3684
(f) 203/432-3669


Linguistic Seat
Joseph Errington (04-07)
Department of Anthropology
PO Box 208277 
Yale Station
Yale University
New Haven, CT  06520-8277
(o) 203/432-3672
(f) 203/432-3669


Practicing/Applied Seat

Dena Plemmons (06-09)
Research Ethics Program, 0612
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093-0612
(o) 858/822-2649
(f)  858/822-5765

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