Real-Life Interviews with Professional Anthropologists   

Profiles in Practice Podcast Series

In 2007-08, WAPA member Shirley Fiske served as editor of the "Profiles in Practice" column in Anthropology News. The purpose was to stimulate awareness of work being done by applied anthropologists.  This was an initiative of a new standing committee of the AAA, the Committee of Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA)

Ruth Sando, past president of WAPA, was asked to assist the committee of the AAA by interviewing a number of applied anthropologists around the country about their career experiences. The interviews focused on their training, job search and professional development within their organizations. The people interviewed were from diverse job areas and diverse geographic areas.  They are:
  • Patricia Clay, a fisheries anthropologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
  • Judy Tso, owner and consultant of Aha Solutions;
  • Kevin Bialy, an international program officer at the National Institutes of Health;
  • Megan Hawkins, a cultural resource specialist with the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, where she is working with the US Army; and
  • Lee Cerveny, a research social scientist at the US Forest Service
  • Cheryl Levine, a social science analyst at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The interviews took place in late 2009 and were recorded and posted on the AAA website.  Please click on this link to the website to listen to the podcasts.  Many thanks to the applied anthropologists who participated, some of whom are WAPA members as well!

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