About Us

The Journal

We are a journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA). We publish work that is based on the mission of highlighting the contributions of applied anthropologists, and exploring how and where anthropology is useful in the world. We are currently focused on highlighting global social justice and publishing work that centers authors from historically oppressed and underrepresented and groups.

Our journal is different than many other academic journals because it is geared toward publishing and reaching a wide audience within and beyond academia. We publish shorter articles with fewer citations from authors with different backgrounds. We also just started a creative section which will include creative work form anthropologists and our collaborators that relate to our work in the field.

See below and visit the SfAA web site for more information on what we publish. We would like to hear from you!

Send inquiries, comments, and submissions to practicinganthropology@gmail.com


Editor

Lisa J. Hardy

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Dr. Hardy is a medical anthropologist with over a decade of experience in consulting and teaching mixed-methods community-engaged research and practice. Dr. Hardy served as PI of research Health Resilience among American Indians in Arizona funded by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities and is Co-PI of a Home Health Assessment New Investigator’s grant with Red Feather Development Group under the umbrella of the Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR) P20 Exploratory Center for Excellence at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Hardy is also Assistant Director of Research, Education and Training for CAIR.

Dr. Hardy has trained community researchers and participants in graduate courses and in community settings at Native Americans for Community Action (NACA), the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association, Hopi Health and Human Services, and at NAU on her own projects. Dr. Hardy’s work includes wellness and health for historically underrepresented groups. She has conducted research and made policy recommendations for the Center for Disease Control, the Kresge Foundation’s Safety Net Enhancement Initiative and other large and small funding agencies.

In addition to training community partners on research and assessment Dr. Hardy’s work focuses on the practical applicability and policy implications of the outcomes of community-engaged practice. She has published her work on community mapping strategies, best practices for community-engaged research, medical anthropologists working in partnership with healthcare professionals, and ethical guidelines for the protection of data in large center grants involving tribes.

Recently she has been shifting her focus to poetry and creative writing.

Read the announcement from the SfAA about the new editor here.

PA welcomes new members to the Editorial Advisory Board

Sandhya Ganapathy

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Dr. Ganapathy is a member of the Global Studies department at St. Lawrence University, where she teaches about a range of topics including environmental movements, health justice and fashion. Her first body of scholarship examines contestations over oil development and conservation on iconic Alaskan landscapes. She considers both the ways Indigenous communities contend with an ever expanding global thirst for oil and the nature of their alliances with environmental NGOs. More recently, she has begun work on a new project exploring the relationship between settler colonialism and the medicalization of birth in Indigenous North American communities, and the consequences this has on health, sovereignty and social reproduction. She is also particularly interested in pedagogy, and exploring the challenges and possibilities of teaching anthropology in inter-disciplinary and non-anthropological environments.

 Sharon Moses

Moses-May2017Dr. Moses is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and received her Ph.D. in Anthropology/Archaeology emphasis, from Cornell University where she was a National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow as well as the recipient of the Cornell SAGE Full Ride Fellowship. Her dissertation work was based upon Neolithic Çatalhöyük, Turkey’s beneath floor child and adult burials, associated rituals, and use of children in the creation of sacred spaces. Her work was conducted under the direction of Prof. Nerissa Russell (Cornell University) and Prof. Ian Hodder (Stanford University), Director of the Çatalhöyük Archaeological Project.

Dr. Moses is the creator and Coordinator of the interdisciplinary Social Science Forensic minor in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, incorporating studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Women and Gender Studies to name a few. Dr. Moses has assisted law enforcement as a consultant and as a forensic archaeologist and anthropologist in criminal cases and in missing-persons body recovery cases. She is a member of FAR (Forensic Archaeology Recovery), a non-profit organization that seeks to address humanitarian concerns and body recoveries of mass fatality, missing persons, criminal and civil rights cases in the United States and around the globe. Dr. Moses is also a certified composite sketch/forensic artist and teaches forensic art courses at NAU. She offers her services in forensic facial reconstructions for missing or unidentified persons to law enforcement agencies in Arizona. Most recently, Dr. Moses has worked on facial reconstructions for the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and Rutgers-Camden for an historical archaeological project involving recovered human remains dating from 18th-19th century epidemics that swept through early Philadelphia.

Dr. Moses is a registered professional archaeologist; her current historical archaeology research project is based at the former rice plantation located in South Carolina. She is excavating the site’s enslaved quarter and documenting evidence for African and Native American practices of folk magic, ritual, and sacred objects buried among the cabin sites. Moses is interested in the intersection of these activities with childhood, gender, and identity formation.

Gwen Saul

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Dr. Saul holding “Cactus Basket” (2017) by Ann Mitchell, Akwesasne Kanien’kehaka

Dr. Gwen Saul is Curator of Ethnography at the New York State Museum (NYSM). She oversees the care and representation of the Ethnology Collection which includes material culture representative of the histories of Indigenous peoples in what is now New York State and the collecting initiatives of the Parker family (Tonawanda Seneca) and Lewis Henry Morgan in the mid-1800s. She works with Haudenosaunee and Algonquian artists and community members to expand the NYSM Contemporary Native American Art Collection, and is currently focusing her efforts on the renewal of the NYSM Contemporary Native Art gallery to include new acquisitions of contemporary Native American art.

Link to: http://www.nysm.nysed.gov/research-collections/ethnography/dr-gwendolyn-saul

Heather Fernandez

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Heather Fernandez is a socio-cultural anthropologist currently living and working in Denver, CO. She is a graduate of the master’s program at Northern Arizona University. In the past she has researched the use of sustainable transportation in urban settings. Her current research interests focus on decision making, perception, formation of daily life patterns, and customer/user experience.

Editorial Assistant

Shaylynne Shuler

Shaylynne is an MA/PhD student at Northern Arizona University studying sociocultural anthropology and Interdisciplinary Health. She is interested in medical anthropology, health equity, minority stress, and LGBTQ stress and health outcomes.