Contributing Editors Program

Contributing Editors create, edit, and curate digital content for the SCA website and social media feeds. Many of our innovative streams of web content started as the brainchild of one or two Contributing Editors, and the SCA prides itself on empowering and learning from early-career scholars. Through their participation in the Program, graduate students and recent PhDs also build networks across institutions and take part in mentoring and professionalization activities.

Contributing Editors are appointed for an initial two-year term, which can be extended once for a maximum term of four years; the next cohort will be selected in 2022.

Program Coordinators

Fieldsights Editor, 2020–2022

Shaozeng Zhang

Oregon State University | [email protected]

Shaozeng Zhang's long-term research focuses on Amazon forest conservation and the carbon market in the context of global climate change. Recently, he has been developing work on digital technologies, such as computer games and online social media. He is interested in integrating anthropological methodology into user-generated big data analysis and is currently working on an NSF-funded project on the optimization of social fairness in artificial intelligence (AI) design.

Publications Manager

Jessica Lockrem

Society for Cultural Anthropology | [email protected]

Student Representative, 2019–2021

Paul Christians

Stanford University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Heritage; expertise and experts; distributive politics; after cosmopolitanism; labor; migration; Qatar; Gulf; Jordan; Middle East


Section Editor

Beth Derderian

Northwestern University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Cultural production; anthropology of art; bureaucracy; labor; NGOs and organizational anthropology; rule of experts; citizenship; nationalism; transnationalism; the Middle East; Arab Gulf; United Arab Emirates

Section Editor

Josh Rivers

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee | [email protected]

Research Interests: Digital games; institutions; queer theory; governance; virtual worlds

Contributing Editor

Cory-Alice André-Johnson

University of Virginia | [email protected]

Research Interests: Ontology; not-knowing; creative ethnographic writing; Vezo women; Madagascar

Contributing Editor

Benjamin Bean

University of California, Davis | [email protected]

Research Interests: Sense(s); taste and tasting; craft brewing and craft drinking; sound and musicking; coloniality and decolonial practices; religion and secularism; Puerto Rico

Contributing Editor

Marios Falaris

Johns Hopkins University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Love; temporality; affect; possibility; violence; South Asia

Tristan Lee-Jones

Rutgers University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Extractive industry; settler colonialism; critical race and whiteness studies; state formation; violence; Canada; oil/tar sands; landscape; space; phenomenological and decolonial methodology

Contributing Editor

Siobhán McGuirk

Goldsmiths, University of London | [email protected]

Research Interests: Migration and mobility; immigration/asylum law; sexuality; gender; NGOs and nonprofits; state power; visual and sensorial anthropology; discourse analysis; public anthropology; United States; Europe

Contributing Editor

Arielle Janet Milkman

University of Colorado Boulder | [email protected]

Research Interests: Cultural memory; structural violence; urban risk, Latin America

Contributing Editor

Raphaëlle Rabanes

University of California, Berkeley/San Francisco | [email protected]

Research Interests: Community responses to health and structural inequalities; French Caribbean/Guadeloupe; (post)colonial presents; racial formations; disabled life as resistance; dance as resistance; memorial/historical activism; medical anthropology; Black studies

Contributing Editor

Tariq Rahman

University of California, Irvine | [email protected]

Research Interests: Land; finance; cities; bureaucracy; diaspora; postcoloniality; Pakistan

Contributing Editor

Aakash Solanki

University of Toronto | [email protected]

Research Interests: Knowledge; algorithms, data, software; media anthropology; bureaucracy and the state; development; India

Contributing Editor

Althea SullyCole

Columbia University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Aurality; ethnomusicology; West Africa

Contributing Editor

Shelmith Wanjiru

University of Nairobi | [email protected]

Research Interests: Medical anthropology; health and medicine; rituals and practices; religion; ethnography; anthropology in Kenya

Member Voices

Section Editor

Scott Schnur

Emory University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Environmental anthropology; temporality; science and technology studies; Greenland and the Arctic

Contributing Editor

Danny Cardoza

University of Cambridge | [email protected]

Research Interests: Jehovah’s Witnesses; anthropology of religion; anthropology of Christianity; theology; technology; pedagogy; language; morality and ethics; space and time; Central Asia; Russia

Contributing Editor

Janita Van Dyk

University of Toronto | [email protected]

Research Interests: Temporality; neoliberalism; ecology; alternative agriculture; politics of (bio)diversity; food; Italy

Social Media

Section Editor

Adam Fleischmann

McGill University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Global anthropogenic climate change; politics; science; ethics; knowledge; philosophy; nonstate political actors; social movement studies; science and technology studies; history of science; pedagogy

Section Editor

Scott Ross

George Washington University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Humanitarianism; infrastructure; conflict; technology; intervention; Congo; Uganda

Contributing Editor

Breanna S. Escamilla

University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign | [email protected]

Research Interests: Womxn of color feminisms; gender/sexuality; digital ethnography; ethics; media and culture; race/ethnicity; Chicanx/Latinx studies; popular culture

Contributing Editor

Ola Galal

Graduate Center, City University of New York | [email protected]

Research Interests: Legal anthropology; anthropology of religion

Contributing Editor

Kristin Gupta

Rice University | [email protected]

Research Interests: New burial technologies; death and dying; affect; care; toxicity; extinction; Anthropocene studies; queer anthropology; multispecies ethnography; United States

Contributing Editor

Jerika Loren Heinze

Radboud University, Founder of The Fieldwork Initiative | [email protected]

Research Interests: Balkan ethnography; Hellenic studies; debt and inequality; crisis; youth; issues of race, class, and gender in fieldwork

Contributing Editor

Jessica Madison Pískatá

UC Santa Cruz | [email protected]

Research Interests: Climate change; material extraction; energy; human/geological relations; ecopoetics; translation; experimental ethnography; Cold War

Contributing Editor

Hannah E. Quinn

University of Toronto | [email protected]

Research Interests: Disability; ableism; personhood; intimacy; sexuality; sexual ethics; capacity to consent; social contract; solidarity; violence; research ethics; sensory and experimental ethnography

Contributing Editor

Lachlan Summers

University of California, Santa Cruz | [email protected]

Research Interests: Political ecology; prefigurative politics; insurance; chance; trauma; imagination and play; México

Teaching Tools

Section Editor

Erin Gould

University of California, Riverside | [email protected]

Research Interests: Youth; storytelling; performance; festivals; language; space; transformation; revival; Morocco; Middle East; pedagogy and innovations in teaching

Section Editor

Sydney Pullen

University of Arizona | [email protected]

Research Interests: education; racial capitalism; the U.S. South

Contributing Editor

Dana McLachlin

University of Amsterdam | [email protected]

Research Interests: Humanitarianism; postcolonialism; gender, race, and class; Bangladesh; economic anthropology

Contributing Editor

Sarah O’Sullivan

University of Toronto | [email protected]

Research Interests: HIV/AIDS; northern Uganda; Acholi; East Africa; morality and ethics; stigma; humanitarianism; value of life; development; representation; colonialism; global health; productivity; ethnographic pedagogy

Contributing Editor

Whitney Russell

University of California, San Diego | [email protected]

Research Interests: Precarity; gender; development; citizenship; political subjectivity; feminist pedagogy; South Asia

Contributing Editor

Isabel M. Salovaara

Stanford University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Anthropology of capitalism; personhood; youth and adolescence; parallel education systems; moral anthropology; South Asia

Contributing Editor

Anika Jugović Spajić

University of Pittsburgh | [email protected]

Research Interests: Health and care; biopolitics; the state; postsocialism; neoliberalism; civil society; volunteerism; citizenship; responsibility; health activism; Serbia

Visual and New Media Review

Section Editor

Megan Jeanne Gette

University of Texas at Austin | [email protected]

Research Interests: Sensory ethnography; experimental methods; multimodalisms; affect; somatics; labor; space; energy; infrastructure; rurality; political ecology; chemo-ethnography

Section Editor

Andrés Romero

Wayne State University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Ethnographic writing; place and memory; violence; selfhood; images and imagination; Colombia

Contributing Editor

Ashley Elizabeth Drake

University of Chicago | [email protected]

Research Interests: Human–animal interaction; science and technology studies; multispecies ethnography; canines; companion animals; zoo studies; embodiment; anthropology of the military; subjectivity; affect; United States

Contributing Editor

Meredith Evans

York University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Affect; aesthetics; medical anthropology; sensory anthropology; sound studies; ethnomusicology; feminist technoscience; decoloniality; feminist and queer theory

Contributing Editor

Alexandra Vieux Frankel

American Anthropological Association | [email protected]

Research Interests: Affect; gender; nationalism; placemaking; anthropology of literature; feminist anthropology; visual anthropology; Turkey

Contributing Editor

Juliana Friend

University of California, Berkeley | [email protected]

Research Interests: Porn studies; circulation and publicity; queer theory; multimodal anthropology; Senegal; Côte d'Ivoire; participatory and collaborative research methods; archival practice

Contributing Editor

Sander Holsgens

University College London | [email protected]

Research Interests: Film; architecture; poetics; aesthetics; phenomenology

Contributing Editor

Irmelin Joelsson

University of Oxford | [email protected]

Research Interests: Urbanism; economic anthropology; risks and insurance; material cultures and infrastructure; Tanzania; curating and visual cultures

Contributing Editor

Jen K. Hughes

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | [email protected]

Research Interests: Economy; capitalism; financialization; colonialism; settler colonialism; sovereignty; utopia; social mobilization and protest; race and whiteness; translatability; time; magic; subjectivity and multiple ontologies; visual anthropology and filmmaking; critical theory; feminist, queer, and trans ethnography; Iceland

Contributing Editor

Melissa Lefkowitz

New York University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Transnational imaginaries and crossings; media; development; expertise; volunteerism; urban architectures; ethnographic cinema; China; Kenya

Contributing Editor

Alexandra Middleton

Princeton University | [email protected]

Research Interests: Medical anthropology; social studies of science and technology; human‑machine interfaces; disability studies; experimentality; visual and sensorial anthropology; embodiment; Scandinavia; ethnographic film; documentary photography

Contributing Editor

Robyn Taylor-Neu

University of California, Berkeley | [email protected]

Research Interests: Mediation; aesthetics; semiotics; voice; landscape