ASAP election for graduate student representative

The election for leadership positions at AAA and ASAP sections is now open. You may vote by logging into the AAA web page and clicking on “Vote Now.” The deadline to vote is May 31, 2019 and here is the link to the AAA login page

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy is electing a Graduate Student Representative to a 2-year term. Below are statements and information for each of the 3 candidates running for the position.

Erin M. Tooher: I consider student participation to be crucial in academic associations and educational institutions and believe the role of graduate student representative is to advocate for all student voices in these arenas. I envision an advocate position to include mentoring and outreach, especially to marginalized students and contingent faculty in our ranks. I am pursuing this position because I am passionate about the power of networking in academia and I want to grow those networks to include more diverse voices from across our association. Academic associations, such as ASAP, provide us—students, faculty, and professionals alike—invaluable opportunities to discuss our policy-related research with like-minded individuals. These discussions promote productive debate, inspire new research ideas, and connect us with resources that allow us to grow and thrive. However, for many students, accessing and navigating these resources can be challenging. Drawing on my own life experiences as a former secondary school educator and current doctoral candidate, my goal is to promote social justice within our association. In doing so, I hope to that we, as students, find support in our peers and in our cohort of future academics and professionals. (MA, SUNY Albany, 2002)

Positions Held: Secretary, Board of Directors (2017-pres) The Citizen’s Committee for Education; Visiting Scholar (2017-pres) Tulane University; Instructor of Record (2014-15) Dillard University; Graduate Teaching Assistant (2013-14) University of New Mexico; Anthropology Graduate Student Mentor (2008-2011) University of New Mexico

Interests and/or Activities: migration, citizenship, collaborative research roundtables on race, racism, and policy impacts presented at the American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings

Significant Publications: “An Open-Ended Closing” (with Lois Meyer and Julianna Kirwin) in New World of Indigenous Resistance: Noam Chomsky and Voices from North, South, and Central America, 2010.

Chandra L. Middleton: I am a PhD Candidate in the anthropology department of the University of California, Irvine, where my research examines how environmental policy is created at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by federal civil servants as they implement a statutorily-required public input process. I have been a member of ASAP for four years, having found it through a co-sponsored panel at an AAA meeting, and have found a home among scholars working on governance through a focus on policy. The ASAP mentoring program at the AAA has been incredibly helpful in crafting my research and by giving fuller context to scholarship with which my research might engage; I look forward to continuing this program. I’m also interested in fomenting conversation about how the anthropology of policy might require new understandings of fieldwork, such as asking how conducting research in institutions changes the fieldwork dynamics by requiring researchers to commit to time frames and work flow that are intrinsic to, and sometimes at odds with, research objectives. I’m eager to increase our membership, in part by bridging conversations between ASAP members and other sections to offer graduate students connections among fields of scholarship that can, at first glance, seem disparate. (JD, Lewis & Clark Law School, 2004)

Positions Held: Contributing Editor (2019-present) APLA Section of AnthroNews; Graduate Student Research Assistant (2016-2018) Filene Research Institute; Social Sciences Teaching Assistant (2014-2016) UC Irvine; Associates Program, Director (2011-2014) Environmental Law Institute; Staff Attorney (2006-2011) National Center for Victims of Crime

Interests and/or Activities: environmental policy, bureaucracy, presented paper at AAA, “Between creation and use: Narrating the environment in a legal archive”

Significant Publications: “Ethical and Legal Concerns of Using Artificial Intelligence,” Filene Research Institute, 2018; “Credit Union Regtech: Innovation and Expertise,” Filene Research Institute, 2017; “Policy-making and the Public: Where are the People in Bureaucratic Rulemaking?” Platypus, The CASTAC Blog, 2017.

Cansu Civelek: I am the current student representative of ASAP and a member of the association since 2016, which has contributed to my research and academic career tremendously. Meanwhile, I have also tried to contribute to ASAP’s mission of strengthening anthropological inquiries on policies to better understand what our world has been increasingly encountering: populism, far right propaganda, deterioration of democracy and byproducts of polarizations, injustice, dispossession, and impoverishment. The double-session I organized with Cris Shore on the topic of “States of Emergency: Policy and Politics in Exceptional Times” opened a platform to discuss various policy spheres in relation to contemporary sociopolitical and economic problems while bringing scholars and issues from different geographies. I also organized the yearly ASAP student mentoring session, which I plan to enlarge in different ways for the forthcoming meetings. Moreover, through my presence at other anthropological conferences, such as the EASA meeting in Stockholm, 2018 and the IUAES’s World Congress in Florianopolis, 2018, I represented ASAP, reported highlights, and distributed them over social media. During my second term, I would continue to contribute to ASAP not only by reaching out to a wider scholarly environment and enhancing public appearance outside the US, but also by bringing new insights and academic collaborations from Europe and beyond. (MA, University of Vienna, 2013)

Positions Held: Marietta Blau Fellowship Programme for Field Research (2019); Uni:DOCs Fellow (2016-2018) University of Vienna; Asst Researcher (2014-2015) EU Framework Programme7 Project RESCuE (Patterns of Resilience during Socioeconomic Crises among Households in Europe).

Interests and/or Activities: urban policy, urban planning, urban renewal, presented a paper at the 116th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Significant Publications: (Forthcoming 2019) “Urban renewal with dancing and music? The renewal machine’s struggle to organize hegemony in Turkey.” Focaal Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology; “Social Housing, Urban Renewal, and Shifting Meanings of ‘Welfare State’ in Turkey: A Study of the Karapınar Renewal Project, Eskişehir.” In Social Housing and Urban Renewal: A Cross-National Perspective, Paul Watt and Peer Smets (eds.) Emerald Group Publishing, 2017; “Kentsel Dönüşümün ‘Kazan-Kazan’ Söylemleri: Antropolojik bir İnceleme.” [“‘Win-Win’ Discourses of an Urban Regeneration: An Anthropological Inquiry”] In Kente Dair… [About the City], C. Ergun (ed.). Istanbul: Baglam Yayınları, 2016.

Workshop: “Thinking the State”

Dear all, 
We are happy to announce the inaugural meeting of the EASA Anthropologies of the State network on 30 October – 1 November 2019, at Leiden University, the Netherlands. The theme of the workshop is Thinking the State. We hope to explore the genealogies and positionalities that inform how we have come to think the state in anthropology. You can find more information on the event in the attached Call for Papers. The deadline for proposing a paper is June 1. 

For those interested in joining the network, simply go to and subscribe to the mailing list.
We hope to see many of you in Leiden in the Fall.
Very best wishes,
Anouk de Koning, Steffen Jensen, Morten Koch Andersen and Martijn Koster