Contributing Editors Program

In 2008, Cultural Anthropology established an editorial intern program to help extend the journal’s readership and to mentor the next generation of anthropologists during their graduate training. This model went on to inspire similar programs at other leading anthropology journals and blogs. In recognition of the invaluable (and largely uncompensated) labor that graduate students provide, the name of the program was changed in 2014 and participants now carry the title of Contributing Editor.

Contributing editors create, edit, and curate digital content for the Cultural Anthropology website including author interviews, themed collections of articles, podcasts, instructional materials, and more. Our social media team maintains the journal’s presence on Facebook and Twitter, while our section editors solicit content and define an editorial vision for their corner of the website. Many of our innovative streams of web content started as the brainchild of one or two contributing editors, and Cultural Anthropology prides itself on empowering and learning from early-career scholars.

The Contributing Editors Program is open to graduate students in social/cultural anthropology and related disciplines. Contributing editors are appointed for an initial two-year term, which can be renewed once for a maximum term of four years; the next call for participants will be announced in 2020.


Program Coordinators

Marcel LaFlamme

Managing Editor, Cultural Anthropology
Email: marcel@culanth.org

Julia Sizek

Student Representative, SCA Board
Email: jsizek@gmail.com


Section Editors

Hilary Agro

University of British Columbia
Email: hilary.agro@alumni.ubc.ca

Section: Social Media

CA Projects: Curated Collections (Sovereignty); Dialogues (Entanglement’s Limits); SCA Meetings (High Stakes)

Research Interests: Medical anthropology; drugs and drug use; power; affect; neoliberalism; Latin America; activism; visual anthropology

Beth Derderian

Northwestern University
Email: bethd@u.northwestern.edu

Section: AnthroPod

CA Projects: AnthroPod (Socializing through Technology; Anthropology’s Politics; (W)rap on: Race)

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

Marios Falaris

Johns Hopkins University
Email: mfalaris@jhu.edu

Section: AnthroPod

CA Projects: AnthroPod (Outer Space Trilogy 1; Outer Space Trilogy 2; Outer Space Trilogy 3); SCA Meetings (Engaging with Culture and Affective States)

Research Interests: Precarity; home and homelessness; migration; hospitality; violence; South Asia

Kyle Harp-Rushing

University of California, Riverside
Email: kharp001@ucr.edu

Section: Teaching Tools

CA Projects: SCA Meetings (Small Things); Teaching Tools (Teaching Uncertainty; Disrupting Nativism with Anneeth Kaur Hundle; To Craft a Wild Indoors; Teaching about Scientific Racism; Teaching Tools in Troubled Times)

Research Interests: Open/citizen/commercial sciences; medical anthropology; experimental replication; gamification; anthropology of design; feminist science and technology studies

Sander Holsgens

University College London
Email: sander.holsgens.14@ucl.ac.uk

Section: Visual and New Media Review

CA Projects: Dialogues (Beyond the Either-Or); Visual and New Media Review (Time and the Axe; Griot; Where the Image Takes Us; Deserts of Polyphonic Longing; Sonic Registers and Observational Techniques; Sketching Visual Anthropology; The Margins of a Home)

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

Laura LeVon

University at Buffalo
Email: lauralev@buffalo.edu

Section: Teaching Tools

CA Projects: Dialogues (Personal Precarity); Teaching Tools (On Stereotypes and Privilege, Teaching Fugitive Anthropology, Teaching Race with Lisa Anderson-Levy)

Research Interests: Youth identity; peace and violence; memory; sectarianism; space and place; conflict resolution; media and violence; Northern Ireland; Europe; Cameroon

Pablo H. Seward Delaporte

Stanford University
Email: pseward@stanford.edu

Section: Correspondences

CA Projects: Correspondences (Captivity); Dialogues (De/Reconstructing Auto-Construction; A Beautiful Withdrawal; Ways of Smelling); SCA Meetings (Abduction; Unfinished)

Research Interests: Urban marginality and informality; subjectivity; violence; biopolitics; risk and security; privatization and extractivism; neoliberal governance; migration and race; decoloniality; Chile; Latin America

Jennifer Shaw

Simon Fraser University
Email: jeshaw@sfu.ca

Section: Social Media

CA Projects: Curated Collections (Precarity); SCA Meetings (Beyond the Familiar Text; Life Matters)

Research Interests: Anthropology of children and youth; transnational migration; family and care; precarity and labor; gender, race, and class; participatory and visual research methods


Contributing Editors

Cory-Alice André-Johnson

University of Virginia
Email: ca9bm@virginia.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod

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

Sevda Arslan

University of Notre Dame
Email: sarslan@nd.edu

CA Projects: SCA Meetings (Life Matters; Anthropology and Undergraduate Desire); Social Media

Research Interests: Language; migration; nationalism; transnationalism; diaspora; identity formation; Zazaki; Kurdish; Kurdistan; Germany; Turkey

Toby Austin Locke

Goldsmiths, University of London
Email: tobyaustinlocke@gmail.com

CA Projects: Bateson Book Forum (The Resonance of Unseen Things); Dialogues (On Affect, Aesthetics, and Mass Mediation; Words in Worlds); SCA Meetings (An Uncertain Rush of Energy); Supplemental Pages (Howe 2015; Choy and Zee 2015; Keck 2015; Hulme 2015; Battaglia, Valentine, and Olson 2015); Teaching Tools (Teaching Refusal)

Research Interests: Commons and commoning; urbanism; philosophy and anthropology; radical political theory; death; technics; nonhumans; environment

Benjamin Bean

University of California, Davis
Email: bbean@ucdavis.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod

Research Interests: Food and the senses; taste; music and sound; place and placemaking; post/decolonial thought; religion and secularism; Puerto Rico

Danny Cardoza

University of Cambridge
Email: djc92@cam.ac.uk

CA Projects: Publishing Infrastructure

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

Jara M. Carrington

University of North Texas
Email: jmc0150@gmail.com

CA Projects: AnthroPod (Queer Anthropology); Teaching Tools (Teaching Queer Anthropology)

Research Interests: Queer anthropology; queer migration studies; LGBTQ activisms; NGOs; immigration; citizenship; affect and advocacy; power and subjectivity; United States

Paul Christians

Stanford University
Email: pchrstns@stanford.edu

CA Projects: Publishing Infrastructure

Research Interests: Heritage; expertise and experts; distributive politics; cosmopolitanism; labor; migration

Kathryn Cox

University of California, Irvine
Email: kecox@uci.edu

CA Projects: Teaching Tools

Research Interests: Environmental public health; race and racism; science and technology studies; Southern California

Ned Dostaler

University of California, Berkeley
Email: ned.dostaler@berkeley.edu

CA Projects: Bateson Book Forum (Behold the Black Caiman; The Mushroom at the End of the World); Dialogues (Willing to be Convinced; The Materiality of Finance; Working with Uncertainty; What Are You Reading?; Commitment, Citation, Context); Supplemental Pages (Mazzarella 2015; Shapiro 2015); Teaching Tools (Gardening with Love and Others); Visual and New Media Review (Chemical Immersions)

Research Interests: Sociocultural anthropology; South Asia (India, Tamil Nadu)

Ashley Elizabeth Drake

University of Chicago
Email: adrake@uchicago.edu

CA Projects: Dialogues (Complicating Care); Visual and New Media Review (The Seeds of Divinity)

Research Interests: Human-animal interaction; anthrozoology; science and technology studies; subjectivity; psychological anthropology; zoo studies; multispecies ethnography; embodiment; affect; militarism

Breanna Escamilla

University of Illinois at Urbana‑Champaign
Email: escamillabrea@gmail.com

CA Projects: Social Media

Research Interests: Womxn of color feminisms; gender/sexuality; ethnography; ethics; media and culture; digital activism and identity; race/ethnicity; Chicanx/Latinx studies; popular culture; United States; Latin America

Meredith Evans

York University
Email: mgbevans@yorku.ca

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review

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

Adam Fleischmann

McGill University
Email: adam.fleischmann@mail.mcgill.ca

CA Projects: Social Media

Research Interests: Climate change; politics; science; ethics; knowledge; philosophy

Alexandra Vieux Frankel

American Anthropological Association
Email: afrankel@americananthro.org

CA Projects: Dialogues (This Was an Event); SCA Meetings (The Materiality of Solidarity); Visual and New Media Review

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

Juliana Friend

University of California, Berkeley
Email: jgfriend@berkeley.edu

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review

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

Ola Galal

Graduate Center, City University of New York
Email: ogalal@gradcenter.cuny.edu

CA Projects: Social Media

Research Interests: Legal anthropology; anthropology of religion

Megan Jeanne Gette

University of Texas at Austin
Email: mjgette@utexas.edu

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review

Research Interests: Affect; poetry; new materialisms; labor; writing and media; decolonization; postcolonial theory; nonrepresentational theory; political ecology; worlding; historiography; anthropology of the otherwise; Kaqchikel; Guatemala

Irmelin Joelsson

University of Oxford
Email: irmelin.joelsson@anthro.ox.ac.uk

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review

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

Anika Jugović Spajić

University of Pittsburgh
Email: anj60@pitt.edu

CA Projects: Publishing Infrastructure

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

Andrés García Molina

Columbia University
Email: ajg2219@columbia.edu

CA Projects: Correspondences (Proficiency); Dialogues (Election’s Reverb); Supplemental Pages (Stavrianakis 2015); Dialogues (Electric Potentials; Foreclosure Stories; Demanding to Be Seen; Sound as Strategy); Teaching Tools (Anthropology Electric); Visual and New Media Review (On Citizenfour)

Research Interests: Sound; media and infrastructure; ethnomusicology; telecommunications; Cuba

Liliana Gil

New School for Social Research
Email: lilianagilsousa@gmail.com

CA Projects: AnthroPod (Ethnography and Design 1; Ethnography and Design 2; Ethnography of Design 3; Teresa Caldeira on Urban Practices and Ethnographic Intimacy); Dialogues (To Build This Other World Upon)

Research Interests: Material and digital production; unconventional spaces of technoscience; industrial histories; repair; improvisation; Latin America; Brazil

Erin Gould

University of California, Riverside
Email: egoul001@ucr.edu

CA Projects: Teaching Tools

Research Interests: Storytelling; performance; language use; space; Morocco

Sonia Grant

University of Chicago
Email: soniagrant@uchicago.edu

CA Projects: Teaching Tools

Research Interests: Jurisdiction; oil and gas; environment; settler colonialism; law; atmosphere; New Mexico

Jen K. Hughes

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Email: hughe453@umn.edu

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review; SCA Meetings (Recording Yourself Giving a Talk; Recording a Short Video Presentation)

Research Interests: Economy; financialization; post and settler colonialism; sovereignty; utopias; race and whiteness; translatability; time; subjectivity and multiple ontologies; visual anthropology and filmmaking; feminist and queer ethnography; Iceland

Marzieh Kaivanara

University of Bristol
Email: m.kaivanara@gmail.com

CA Projects: Dialogues (What Does Not Cohere); Supplemental Pages (Chance 2015); Teaching Tools (Embodiment and Technology; Teaching (through) Disability and Difference)

Research Interests: Medical anthropology; anthropology of the Middle East; anthropology of religion; anthropology of the body; gender studies; social class; materiality and aesthetics; language and semiotics

Venera Khalikova

University of Pittsburgh
Email: venera.khalikova@pitt.edu

CA Projects: Dialogues (Commitment, Citation, and Context); SCA Meetings (The Chemical Refrain); Teaching Tools (Teaching with Digital Technology; In-Class Applications)

Research Interests: Medicine and power; science and technology studies; plural medicine; nationalism and embodied belonging; biomorality; religious and ethnic ideologies, especially Hindu-Muslim relations in India; migration, health, and transnational therapeutic networks; food and consumption; gender, sexuality, and alternative therapeutics; political rhetoric; discourse analysis; ayurveda; yoga; unani; South Asia, the Himalayas, Russia

Tristan Lee-Jones

Rutgers University
Email: iam.tdjones@gmail.com

CA Projects: AnthroPod

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

Melissa Lefkowitz

New York University
Email: mfl270@nyu.edu

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review (Making the Rounds)

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

Siobhán McGuirk

Goldsmiths, University of London
Email: s.mcguirk@gold.ac.uk

CA Projects: AnthroPod (Scientific Racism; Sovereignty; Feminist Anthropology)

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

Dana McLachlin

University of Amsterdam
Email: danamclachlin@gmail.com

CA Projects: Teaching Tools

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

Alexandra Middleton

Princeton University
Email: a.middleton@princeton.edu

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review

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

Arielle Janet Milkman

University of Colorado Boulder
Email: arielle.milkman@colorado.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod (Drone); SCA Meetings (Ex-Post-Facto?)

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

Sarah M. O’Sullivan

University of Toronto
Email: s.osullivan@mail.utoronto.ca

CA Projects: Teaching Tools

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

Anar Parikh

Brown University
Email: anar_parikh@brown.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod (Podcasts and Pedagogy); Dialogues (On Complaint in the Face of Precarity); Teaching Tools (Teaching Podcasts in the Anthropology Classroom)

Research Interests: Citizenship; democracy; political anthropology; publics and social imaginaries; South Asian diaspora; United States

Sydney Pullen

University of Arizona
Email: spullen@email.arizona.edu

CA Projects: Teaching Tools

Research Interests: Alternative education models; education and social change; political economy; the U.S. South

Hannah Quinn

University of Toronto
Email: hannah.quinn@mail.utoronto.ca

CA Projects: Social Media

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

Raphaëlle Rabanes

University of California, Berkeley/San Francisco
Email: raphaelle@berkeley.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod

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

Tariq Rahman

University of California, Irvine
Email: tlrahman@uci.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod (The 2016 U.S. President Election; Ethnography and Design 1; Ethnography and Design 2; Ethnography of Design 3; Schools, Prisons, and Blackness in America); Dialogues (National Economies, Performativity, and Failure; The Precarity of Academic Work, The Work of Academic Precarity; Survival as Development); SCA Meetings (Remaking the City)

Research Interests: Real estate; financialization; development; the state; mohallas; slums; genealogy; Pakistan

Josh Rivers

University of Wisconsin‑Milwaukee
Email: jwrivers@uwm.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod

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

Andrés Romero

Wayne State University
Email: ar04797@gmail.com

CA Projects: Dialogues (Violence a Long Way Back; On Affect, Aesthetics, and Mass Mediation; Words in Worlds); Visual and New Media Review

Research Interests: Personhood; memory; place and sensory experience; visual anthropology; violence; therapeutics; Colombia

Scott Ross

George Washington University
Email: scottandrewross@gmail.com

CA Projects: Social Media

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

Whitney Russell

University of California, San Diego
Email: whitney.russell.ucsd@gmail.com

CA Projects: Teaching Tools (Anthropologists Teach In; Teaching with Digital Technology; Online Classes; Feminist Anthropology)

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

Katherine Sacco

University of California, Irvine
Email: ksacco@uci.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod (Ethnography and Design 1; Ethnography and Design 2; Ethnography of Design 3; The Anthropology of Media in a Post-Truth Era); Bateson Book Forum (The Mushroom at the End of the World); Dialogues (Kindred Tools; Entanglement’s Limits); SCA Meetings (Elements)

Research Interests: Anthropology of development; democracy; nationhood; new media; community art; globalization; Latin America; the Middle East

Isabel M. Salovaara

Stanford University
Email: isalovaa@stanford.edu

CA Projects: Teaching Tools

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

Scott Schnur

Emory University
Email: scott.schnur@emory.edu

CA Projects: Publishing Infrastructure

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

Aakash Solanki

University of Toronto Email: aakash.solanki@mail.utoronto.ca

CA Projects: Publishing Infrastructure

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

Althea SullyCole

Columbia University
Email: aws2134@columbia.edu

CA Projects: AnthroPod

Research Interests: Aurality; ethnomusicology; West Africa

Lachlan Summers

University of California, Santa Cruz
Email: lrsummer@ucsc.edu

CA Projects: Social Media

Research Interests: Political ecology; prefigurative politics; disaster studies; play and creativity; Mexico

Robyn Taylor-Neu

University of California, Berkeley
Email: rtaylorneu@berkeley.edu

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review

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

Laura Tradii

University of Cambridge
Email: lt426@cam.ac.uk

CA Projects: Visual and New Media Review

Research Interests: Anthropology of death and burial; aesthetics; history of science, medicine, and technology

Janita Van Dyk

University of Toronto Scarborough
Email: janita.vandyk@mail.utoronto.ca

CA Projects: Publishing Infrastructure

Research Interests: Temporality; globalization; ecology; alternative agriculture; politics of (bio)diversity; Italy; Canada

Shelmith Wanjiru

University of Nairobi
Email: shell@students.uonbi.ac.ke

CA Projects: AnthroPod

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

Franziska Weidle

University of Göttingen
Email: fweidle@gwdg.de

CA Projects: Correspondences (The Internet; Proficiency); Dialogues (Foreclosure Stories; Demanding to Be Seen)

Research Interests: Audiovisual anthropology; documentary and ethnographic film; digital media; sensory ethnography; praxiology; actor-network theory; new materialism

Joshua Weiss

University of California, Davis
Email: jzweiss@ucdavis.edu

CA Projects: Social Media

Research Interests: Anthropology of technology and media; Cuba, Internets; infrastructure