ASAP at Denver: Emerging scholars mentoring session

ASAP at Denver AAA:

The Association for the Anthropology of Policy (ASAP) is pleased to accept submissions for our inaugural Emerging Scholars mentoring session. This session will bring together senior anthropologists and graduate students/recent PhDs to discuss the ethical, methodological, and practical aspects of conducting anthropological policy research. We also seek to identify potential ways ASAP can continue to support the professional development of emerging scholars with networking and potential collaboration opportunities. During the session, participants will be matched with a mentor based on research interests and/or requested conversation topics.

This session will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015: 12:15 PM-1:30 pm.

If interested, please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:
(1) Name and stage in program (pre-field, post-field)
(2) Three sentences about your research interests and/or dissertation research
(3) At least one sentence that details what you would like to discuss during the mentoring session

Applications are due Thursday, November 12, 2015.
If you have any questions, please feel to contact Fayana Richards at [email protected].

ASAP Mentor Bios

Carol MacLennan, Professor of Anthropology, Social Sciences
Michigan Technological University

Carol MacLennan studies the industrialization of mining and sugar and their environmental and policy consequences for communities and landscapes. She has recently completed a book on her work in Hawai`i titled Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai`i (University of Hawai`i Press, 2014). She is continuing her work in Hawai`i with writing on the militarization of Hawaiian lands and waters, focusing on Pearl Harbor.

After several years of research on mining policy in the US, she is also working on a project in the Lake Superior basin that examines the historic production of mine waste, new mine developments, and the adequacy of state and federal policies in the US and Canada. Currently she has a funded project with faculty in environmental engineering to document the historic mine production of copper and PCB waste in a nearby Superfund site at Torch Lake. She also is working with the Keweenaw Land Trust to develop a cultural landscape study and interpretive program for one of their preserves with a mining and agricultural heritage. She is especially interested in working with students with interests in mining and mining policy in the Great Lakes and the Canadian north.

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Janine R. Wedel, University Professor
George Mason University

Janine R. Wedel writes about governing, corruption, foreign aid, and influence elites through the lens of a social anthropologist. A university professor in the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs at George Mason University, Wedel is a pioneer in applying anthropological insights to topics dominated by political scientists, economists, or sociologists. She has an internationally recognized record of innovative scholarly and empirical research, engagement with theoretical and policy debates, and inquiry into current intellectual issues. She is the first anthropologist to win the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, an honor typically reserved for political scientists (previous recipients include Samuel Huntington and Mikhail Gorbachev).

A five-time Fulbright fellow, Wedel has also won awards from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the New America Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the Social Science Research Council, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the United States Institute of Peace, the German Marshall Fund, the Eurasia Foundation, the National Institute of Justice, and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, among others. Wedel’s new book, Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security (Pegasus, Oct. 2014), was named in the Bloomberg survey of 2014 favorite reads.

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David W. Haines, Professor
George Mason University

David W. Haines received his M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University. Prior to coming to George Mason University in 1997, he worked for the federal government’s refugee resettlement program and served as a senior manager at the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

He is a two-time Fulbright scholar (most recently in Korea), the former chair of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Refugees and Immigrants, a three-term chair of the faculty of George Mason’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the past president of the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. He was a recipient of GMU’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2003.

His teaching includes East Asia, refugees, and immigration. His publications include several edited volumes on refugees and immigrants, an alternative introductory anthropology text, a monograph on Vietnamese kinship, and numerous articles in professional journals on migration, kinship, and governance. His major focus currently is comparative migration patterns and policies in North America and East Asia.

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