Teaching Tools is dedicated to the intersections between pedagogy, ethnography, and anthropology. The section is a growing resource for instructors, teaching assistants, and students, with everything from discussion guides and in-class activities to critically minded reflections on the practice, politics, and poetics of teaching anthropology, whether inside the academy or in alternative settings.

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Questions and proposals for guest posts can be sent to section editors, Sarah Paust ([email protected]) and Dalton Price ([email protected]).

What I Wish Someone Taught Me When I Applied to My PhD: Considerations for Professors of Incoming (International) Students

What I Wish Someone Taught Me When I Applied to My PhD: Considerations for Professors of Incoming (International) Students

Fall is here and the new academic year has started. Three years ago, this coincided with my first active steps towards applying to a doctoral program in sociocu... More

Teaching Anthropological Theory: Reflections on Course Design and Pedagogy

Teaching Anthropological Theory: Reflections on Course Design and Pedagogy

Reflections on Learning Theory I have served as an anthropology lecturer at Chapman University in Orange, California, since 2013. During that time, I have had t... More

Teaching Ethnographic Methods with Progressive Dystopia

Teaching Ethnographic Methods with Progressive Dystopia

Savannah Shange’s Progressive Dystopia presents an ethnography of Robeson Justice Academy, a San Francisco school distinctive for its explicit espousal of a soc... More

Teaching SAPIENS: Centering Access and Relevance in Anthropological Education

Teaching SAPIENS: Centering Access and Relevance in Anthropological Education

Founded in January 2016, SAPIENS is a public anthropology magazine. Originally, SAPIENS was conceived as a repository, portal, and digital blog space to give fo... More

Ethnographic Experiments for Undergraduates: Reflections from The Ethnography Lab at the University of Toronto

Ethnographic Experiments for Undergraduates: Reflections from The Ethnography Lab at the University of Toronto

Watching and analyzing TikTok viral videos, walking and engaging with students on campus, and attending meetings of a particular social movement are examples of... More

What Does It Mean to Teach Anthropology? An Invitation

What Does It Mean to Teach Anthropology? An Invitation

What do we mean when we talk about teaching anthropology? More often than not, we refer specifically to university contexts, lecture halls, discussion sections,... More

Plantation Worlds

Plantation Worlds

There is no such thing as ‘the plantation.’ Although a recent surge in scholarship purports to address that very category, the term belies its own claim to univ... More

Teaching as Performance: On Scripts, Preparing for Classes, and Teaching with Passion

Teaching as Performance: On Scripts, Preparing for Classes, and Teaching with Passion

When I first started teaching as an adjunct faculty member at the American University in Cairo in 2018, I ran to one of my favorite mentors to share the excitin... More

The Syllabus is Political

The Syllabus is Political

Around the end of October, in the lead up to Halloween, I like to assign my introduction to cultural anthropology course a Jean and John Comaroff article about ... More

Relata Revisited

Relata Revisited

In a previous post on the SCA website, Relata is described as an experimental tool for collaborative indexing and exploratory search that seeks to map conversat... More