Issues & News

Recent AAA Executive Board Actions

Authorizing the creation of an Education Task Force, continuing the registration fee waiver program for sections and enacting dues changes for retirees are just a few highlights of the work the Executive Board has accomplished over the months since the 2009 Annual Meeting. Listed below are moves the EB took for improve the financial, governmental, publishing and public affairs-related operations of the association.

December 2009-April 2010

  • December 17, 2009: Added two additional members to the Task Force on the Revision of the Ethics Code and agreed to add the Section Assembly Convenor-Elect to the EB listserv.
  • February 5, 2010: Adjusted 2010 Budget to provide a salary increase pool for AAA staff, fund a meeting of the Section Assembly Executive Committee, decrease sales forecasts for the AAA Guide and Abstracts, increase forecasts in revenues from job placement advertisements, allow digitizing content of 2003-04 Anthropology News, and reduce the number of 2010 AN pages printed
  • March 5, 2010: Recommended a change to the AAA bylaws that would alter the definition of Associate Membership.
  • April 16, 2010: Adopted the Anthropological Communications Committee recommendations regarding changes to four section-sponsored publication specifications for 2011.
  • April 27, 2010: Agreed to charge a $15 daily admission fee for non-anthropologist guests of registered AAA meeting attendees to enter the AAA meeting Exhibit Hall.

Spring EB Meeting: May 21-23, 2010


  • Received the IRS form 990 and directed that it be posted on the AAA website.
  • Set priorities for AAA Executive Director in creating the FY2011Budget
  • Accepted the FY2009 Audit.
  • Addressed a motion from the Association of Senior Anthropologists and enacted dues changes for retirees effective in January 2011. Agreed to begin a review of the AAA dues structure during 2011.


  • Deauthorized the Anthropology in Education Committee.
  • Authorized an Education Task Force to:
  • Conduct an overview of schools of education to understand how they prepare teachers to teach anthropology;
  • Collect data on how anthropology is taught in K-12 and community college settings;
  • Determine how other social science disciplines/associations enhance the teachings of their subject.
  • Report back to the Executive Board within three years of appointment
  • Reauthorized the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology, with a change in name to the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology, and change in charge.
  • Received the annual reports of AAA committees and sections.
  • Added a student member to the Committee on Practicing and Public Interest Anthropology.
  • De-authorized the Scholarly Communications Interest Group.
  • Reauthorized the Anthropology of Children and Childhood Interest Group, the Human Sexuality and Anthropology Interest Group, and the Interest Group for the Anthropology of Public Policy for additional three years.
  • Established a subcommittee to review and make more comprehensive revisions to the "What is Anthropology" area of the AAA website.
  • Agreed to award the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology to Ralph Bolton; the AAA/Oxford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Anthropology to Harold E Prins and Andrew Lass; the Anthropology in Media Award to Roy Richard Grinker; and the Robert B Textor and Family Prize in Anticipatory Anthropology to Robert Rubinstein.
  • Agreed to fund for the next three years a face-to-face meeting for the Section Assembly Executive Committee.
  • Agreed to investigate/reevaluate software for listservs.


  • Increased the 2011 prices for Wiley-Blackwell online journal subscriptions by 3% from the 2010 prices.
  • Received the Committee on the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing’s report on the editors’ survey and accepted its recommendations to:
  • Share this report with section leadership and editors
  • Report that CFPEP solicit examples of problematic copyediting, discuss these with Wiley-Blackwell, and report findings back to Anthropology Communications Committee
  • Request that the director of publishing seek clearer financial reporting from Wiley-Blackwell

Public Affairs

  • Adopted the following resolution on the immigration issue in Arizona:

Whereas, the American Anthropological Association has historically supported policies that prohibit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation; and

Whereas, the American Anthropological Association has a membership of more than 10,500 people, and an annual meeting that draws more than 4,000 members; and

Whereas, the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association takes notice of Arizona Senate Bill 1070 requiring all local law enforcement to investigate a person’s immigration status when there is a reasonable suspicion that the person is in the United States unlawfully, regardless of whether that person is suspected of a crime; and

Whereas, the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association takes notice of Arizona House Bill 2162 that stipulates that person's immigration status must be investigated only during a lawful stop, detention, or arrest; and

Whereas, there exists more than a century of anthropological findings on the crucial social and political impact of discrimination based on race, national origin and ethnicity and a long history of anthropological concern for the well-being of immigrant populations, the American Anthropological Association considers these laws and the ways they may be implemented to be discriminatory.

Now, therefore be it resolved that the American Anthropological Association resolves not to hold a scholarly conference in the State of Arizona until such time that Senate Bill 1070 is either repealed or struck down as constitutionally invalid and thus unenforceable by a court; and

Be it further resolved that this boycott of Arizona as a place to hold meetings of the American Anthropological Association does not apply to Indian Reservations within the State of Arizona.

  • Established a rapid response network of individuals to assist the president of the AAA in engaging with future military and intelligence issues.

Annual Meeting

  • Selected three meeting site selection firms to participate in a formal request for proposal process. Appointed a small group of EB members, along with the Committee on Labor Relations Chair and staff, to convene in summer 2010 to review the proposals and make a recommendation to the EB on selecting one of these firms.
  • Agreed to continue the registration fee waiver program for sections, administered by the Section Assembly Executive Committee.