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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Featured today are the candidates for Executive Board Undesignated Seat #3: Keri Brondo and Michael Harkin
Members of the AAA Executive Board (EB) help to set the vision and strategic direction of the association, safeguard the organization’s assets, and ensure the fiscal, legal and ethical integrity of the association. EB members also translate the shared values and interests of the members into organizational plans and programs, determine desired organizational outcomes, and assess progress in achieving those outcomes. Click here for complete position details.
If elected, I would embrace the opportunity to collaborate with AAA leadership on addressing challenges facing our association and discipline. I bring over a decade of experience working across AAA sections as Chair of CoGEA and CoPAPIA to advance the status of engaged and practicing anthropology within the AAA, and improve work climate conditions for anthropologists of all genders and identities. My roles as an academic, applied, engaged and activist scholar have led to a deep appreciation for the range of concerns and ambitions of our diverse membership. We must confront the following key issues: 1) underrepresentation of minority populations within the AAA and discipline; 2) alarming rates of sexual harassment; 3) changes to the economics and technologies of scholarly publishing; 4) improving our ability to communicate to multiple audiences both internal and external to the association; 5) our discipline’s public engagement with contemporary environmental, economic, and social crises; 6) the instability of adjunct and other contingent labor forms; and, 7) the responsible redesign of anthropological curriculum such that graduates are prepared to engage the varied nature of anthropological careers. I would be honored to have the opportunity to collaborate across committees, task forces, and sections on these important issues.
I am deeply committed to two things: holistic anthropology and the public university. Anthropology remains the most important and prominent discipline to engage in both scientific and humanistic discourse, and thus to address pressing issues in a multi-faceted way. I support forces that bring subfields such as archaeology and sociocultural anthropology together, and oppose those which drive them apart. The public university is under attack from many directions, including state and federal politicians. I strongly support the historic mission of land grant and other public universities, and what I believe to be the central role of anthropology within that mission. Finally, I believe that anthropology as a discipline needs to be more visible and to take public stands on critical issues.
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