2010 Members in the News Archive

Mark Turin (Cambridge U)
Vanishing Voices
Cambridge U
December 2010
Dr. Turin discusses the World Oral Literature Project and the critical importance of vanishing languages across the world.

Emma Varley (Lahore U - Management Sciences)
Pakistan Hospital Cut Off By Floods Struggles to Help Survivors
CNN World News
Dr. Varley accounts for the difficult medical conditions during Pakistan's flooding crisis.

Paul Liffman (Center for Anthopological Studies, Colegio de Michoacán)
Comments on the Bancos De San Hipolito Manifesto
First Peoples Blog
Dr. Liffman comments on the brief manifesto from a coalition of Wixarika (Huichol) activists, members of the Zapatista-inspired Congreso Nacional Indígena (National Indigenous Congress) and their allies in non-governmental organizations signals.

Sarah Hill (Western Michigan U)
The War For Drugs: How Juarez Became the World's Most Dangerous City
Borderland Beat
Hill's award-winning story on violence in Mexico was rated one of the top ten stories of the year by

Paul Stoller (West Chester U)
The Ritual Season
The Huffington Post
December 6, 2010
Stoller discusses the rituals and myths surrounding the holiday season.

David Turkon (Ithaca College)
War Orphans Get First Look at Childhood Records
The Washington Post
Turkon shares his experiences as one of a team of researchers in a project to make the social history files generated for Sudanese refugees at Pignudo Refugee Camp in Ethiopia during the 1970s widely available.

Daniel Martin Varisco (Hofstra U)
Yemen is not a Terrorist Factory
CNN Opinion
Varisco makes the argument that while recent media coverage of terrorist activity has focused on Yemen, most terrorists linked to the country are actually from other places.

Jeff Mantz (George Mason U)
8 Things Everyone Needs To Know About Zombies
National Public Radio
In this interview, Mantz relates his experiences in teaching a class about zombies and their cultural importance.

Peter Wood (NAS)
On Finding Obama Where No One Thought to Look
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Wood uses his column to discuss Stanley Kurtz’s new book, "Radical-in-Chief: Barack Obama and the Untold Story of American Socialism."

Patrick Wilken 
A French Thinker Who Crossed Continents and Cultures
The New York Times
Janet Maslin reviews Wilkens' biography of French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Andrew Bickford (George Mason U)
Shadow Elite: Pat Tillman &Why Soldier Hero Worship Serves the Powerful...Not the Soldiers
The Huffington Post
Bickford writes about the controversy surrounding the death of ex-NFL player and Army Ranger Pat Tillman in Afghanistan.

Seth Messinger (UMBC)
Returning From War
North Carolina Public Radio
Messinger particiaptes in a panel discussing the fate of American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Irma McClaurin (Shaw U)
White House Reaches Out to Historically Black Colleges
The Chronicle of Higher Education
McClaurin, the new President of Shaw University, comments on President Obama's plan to continue Federal support for HBCUs.

John Haviland (UCSD) and Steve Levinson (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Does Your Language Shape How You Think?
The New York Times Magazine
Haviland and Levinson are cited in an article that examines linguistic relativity and the Whorf hypothesis.

Clarence Gravlee (U Florida)
The Pressure of Race
The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 12, 2010
The Chronicle features the work of Gravlee, who studies why high blood pressure plagues African American at higher rates than their non minority counterparts.

Angela Garcia (UC Irvine)
State of the Union
National Public Radio
Garcia discusses her research on heroin addiction in northern New Mexico.

Betsy Taylor (Virginia Tech)
Islamaphobia, Sexism and American Demagoguery in the 21st Century
Taylor offers criticisms of how Americans who hate Islam are portrayed in the media.

Christine Ho (U Fielding, California)
Who Will Do The Work?
Miami Herald
August 15, 2010
Ho writes an opinion piece on undocumented immigrants and their contributions to the American economy.

Stephen Leonard (U Cambridge)
World Oral Literature Project

Word of Mouth, BBC 4 Radio
Leonard is interviewed about his forthcoming work with the Inughuit in remote north-west Greenland.

Jennifer Robertson (U Michigan)
Thinking Allowed
BBC 4 Radio
Jennifer Robertson was interviewed the BBC 4 radio program on the social and gendered applications of service robots in Japan.

Alex Hinton (Rutgers U)
Background Briefing With Ian Masters
KPFK 90.7 FM, Los Angeles, CA
Hinton is interviewed about the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, which has just concluded its first case.

Mark Schuller (CUNY)
Falling Through The Cracks, or Unstable Foundations?
The Huffington Post
August 8, 2010
Writing from Haiti, Schuller comments on reconstruction challenges for the island nation.

Bill Maurer (U California Irvine)
Mobile Money's Innovation Crisis
August 11, 2010
Maurer serves as a guest blogger and calls for greater innovation in mobile money spaces/markets.

Gina Athena Ulysse (Wesleyan U)
Haiti's Electionaval 2010
The Huffington Post
Ulysse comments on popstar Wyclef Jean's candidacy for President of Haiti.

Lawrence Palinkas (U Southern California)
Legal Battles over Oil Spill Could Foul Research on Health Effects
NPR's Health Blog
Palinkas describes the difficulties in maintaining confidentiality after his raw data on the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez spill was subject to subpoena by courts.

Leslie Aiello (Wenner-Gren)
Food for Thought: Meat-Based Diet Made Us Smarter
August 2, 2010
Aiello appears on a segment about how a change in our ancestors' eating habits allowed our brains to develop.

Angela Garcia (UC-Irvine)
Dion's Short, Tragic Life
LA Times
July 17, 2010
Garcia examines the impact of drug addiction in the Espanola Valley of New Mexico.

Roberto Abadie (CUNY-Graduate Center)
Inside the Risky World of Drug-Trial 'Guinea Pigs'
The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 11, 2010
Abadie examines human volunteers participating in Phase I drug trials and the potential risks that they expose themselves to during university research.

David Beriss (U New Orleans)
Seafood and the Gulf
July 10, 2010
Beriss is interviewed about the links between seafood and Louisiana culture in the context of the BP oil spill in the Gulf.

Hugh Raffles (The New School)
Sweet Honey on the Block
NY Times
July 6, 2010
Raffles considers the benefits of urban beekeeping and how New York City Council can help promote this practice.

David Price (St. Martin's U); AAA
Should Anthropologists Help Contain the Taliban?
July 1, 2010
Price and the AAA are mentioned in this article detailing criticism of the Army Human Terrain Program.

Sarah Hill (Western Michigan U)
The War for Drugs
Boston Review
July/Aug., 2010
Hill examines violence in Juárez, Mexico.

Ellen Brown
Anthropologist Ellen P. Brown Helped Exxon Mobil Preserve African Customs 
The Washington Post
June 27, 2010
Brown's life as an anthropologist in Chad is detailed in this obituary.

Magnus Fiskesjö (Cornell)
Tomb Raiders and Destruction of History
China Daily
June 23, 2010
Fiskesjö explains the impact that looters have had upon archaeological sites in China.

Sandhya Ganapathy (U Wisconsin-Stevens Point)
Appreciation for Native American Culture
Hocak Worak
June 11, 2010
Ho-Chunk Nation's tribal newspaper highlights positive and collaborative projects between anthropologists and Native communities, as well as their educational value.

Victoria Sanford (CUNY-Lehman)
Guatemalan Survivors Revel in their History
Global Post
June 3, 2010
Sanford's book "La Masacre de Panzos" ignites discussion about Guatemala's violent past.

Anthropologists Condemn Arizona Immigration Law
USA Today
May 24, 2010
The AAA is highlighted for taking a stance against Arizona's new immigration law.

Janine Wedel (George Mason U)
Shadow Elite blog entries
Huffington Post
May 2010
Wedel stresses the importance of anthropological research in unveiling the culture, understanding, and motivation of today's power brokers.

Terence Turner (Cornell)
From Ecological Disaster to Constitutional Crisis: the Long Struggle Over the Xingú Dams Comes to a Climax at Belo Monte
May 18, 2010
Turner discusses planned dams, James Cameron, Avatar, and Kayapo commitment to fight destructive development.

Sarah Horton (U Colorado-Denver)
A View from the Border
Denver Post
May 9, 2010
Horton's op-ed provides a view of Arizona's new immigration law from south of the border, particularly border towns that serve as limbos for deported, yet innocent, youth.

Victoria Sanford (CUNY-Lehman)
Guatemala: Unearthing a Massacre
Global Post
April 29, 2010
Sanford is featured in an article about efforts to uncover past human rights abuses in Guatemala.

Lisa Lucero (U Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
Mayan Rituals Revealed by Ordinary Objects
April 27, 2010
Lucero sheds light on the importance of artifacts in how Mayans viewed death and practiced death rituals.

Jane Henrici (Institute for Women's Policy Research)
Census Says Women Equal to Men in Advanced Degrees
April 21, 2010
Henrici was quoted in a recent AP news wire story picked up in a number of papers about the recent US Census on women's postsecondary education and the gender wage gap.

Lee Baker (Duke)
Anthropology and Racial Politics
Inside Higher Ed
April 16, 2010
Executive board member Lee Baker discusses his new book Anthropology and the Racial Politics of Culture.

Adrienne Pine (American U)
WOLA vs. Honduran Democracy
April 12, 2010
Pine describes how the US government and NGOs, specifically the Washington Office on Latin America, are inhibiting the path to democracy in Honduras.