Mentoring session at AAA in Minneapolis

Greetings everyone,

Please see the message below regarding a mentoring opportunity for students/recent PhDs.

Fayana Richards ([email protected])

ASAP at Minneapolis:

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 Saturday, November 19th at 12:15 – 1:130 PM Convention Center Room 200C.

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 Friday, November 11, 2016.
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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Cris Shore, Professor of Social Anthropology
University of Auckland, New Zealand

Cris Shore research interests include political anthropology, the rise of audit culture and technologies of the self, and higher education reform.  The Crown in New Zealand: Anthropological and Legal Perspectives on an Essentially Contested Concept:  In 2012 Shore initiated a new project under the auspices of Auckland University’s Te  Wharekura  programme. He subsequently developed this into a larger Marsden project (‘The Crown and Constitutional Reform in New Zealand and the Commonwealth’). This 3-year study (2014 – 2017) brings together researchers from Anthropology and Law to analyse the shapeshifting nature of the Crown as a political, legal and symbolic entity, and the implications of constitutional reform for the state in New Zealand and other commonwealth countries. Also, Shore is currently completing a book for Pluto Press (with Susan Wright) on the rise of audit culture, the politics of financialisation, and the effects of accounting and financialisation on contemporary culture and society.

After completing a PhD at Sussex University in 1986, Shore taught at Perugia University in Italy (1986) before taking up a research internship in the European Parliament, Brussels. Between 1987-1990, he lectured in Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University before taking a permanent lectureship at Goldsmiths University in London. Shore has held various positions at Goldsmiths (Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor) until 2003 when he was appointed to the Chair in Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland. In 2006 he became founding Director of the Europe Institute and was co-Director (with Dr. Maureen Benson-Rea) from 2007-2008. Maureen Benson-Rea. Shore is the appointed series editor with Susan Wright for Stanford University Press book series on ‘The Anthropology of Policy’

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