Praxis Projects: Anthropologists Respond to Grave Threats to the Social Good

  • 11 Oct 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (must register to receive log in information)


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Date: Tuesday, 11 October 2022
Location:  Online meeting via Zoom
Time: 7:00 pm

Praxis Projects: Anthropologists Respond to Grave Threats to the Social Good

The Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists established the Praxis Award to “… recognize outstanding achievement in translating anthropological knowledge into action in a single project or specific endeavor.”  Since 1981, WAPA has regularly encouraged professional anthropologists to apply for this prestigious award.  This year our first WAPA meeting will highlight the important contributions Praxis anthropologists made in their collaborative work to counter threats to the social good in West Africa, during the 2014 Ebola epidemic, and more recently with the epidemic of online hate speech and the ongoing COVID pandemic.  The panelists will summarize aspects of their Praxis projects and emphasize the anthropological difference their involvement made in the project outcomes.    


2021 Praxis co-winners Dr. Lynn Stephen, Dr. Bonnie Bade, and Dr. Dvera Saxton, California Institute for Rural Studies, “Collaborative Anthropology and the COVID-19 Farmworker Study.”

2021 Praxis applicant Dr. Catherine Buerger, Dangerous Speech Project, “The Anti-Hate Brigade: Collective Counterspeech and the Struggle over Online Discourse.”

2016 Praxis honorable mention Dr. Olive Minor, Anthro-Tech, “Anthropology in an Epidemic: Ebola in West Africa.”

Panelist Biographies

Lynn Stephen, Ph.D, (Anthropology, Brandeis University) is Philip H. Knight Chair and Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, and faculty in Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, Latin American Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. She researches Indigenous immigrants and refugees from the Americas, labor, asylum in the U.S., gendered violence, transborder communities, Indigenous social movements, and Latinx community histories in the Northwest. She is a researcher with the Oregon COFS.

Bonnie Bade, Ph.D., (Anthropology, UC Riverside,) is a professor of medical anthropology at California State University, San Marcos, and founder of the CSUSM Anthropology Department. She researches farmworker health, health care, California agriculture and farm labor, transnational migration, ethnomedicine and ethnobotany among Indigenous peoples from Oaxaca and Southern California. Dr. Bade has worked with Mixtec communities in California and Oaxaca for over 25 years. She is an active researcher with CIRS and the California COFS.

Dvera Saxton, Ph.D., (Anthropology, Race, Gender and Social Justice, American University,) is a medical and environmental anthropologist, and an associate professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches undergraduates. She researches food and agriculture, labor, immigration, environmental and social justice, rural communities, health, and agricultural workers. She is a staff researcher with the California Institute for Rural Studies and has been active throughout the COVID-19 Farmworker Study.

Catherine Buerger, Ph.D., ( PhD ,Anthropology, University of Connecticut; MA, Applied Anthropology, Oregon State University, and BA in Anthropology from American University ) specializes in political and legal anthropology, with a special interest in online and offline collective activism efforts to advance peace, equality, and human rights.

Olive Minor, Ph.D., MPH, ( PhD and MPH, Northwestern ; BA in Sociology and Anthropology, Dickinson College)is an applied anthropologist working at the intersection of global health and technology. Olive has worked with Oxfam, the International Rescue Committee, Google, and with public agencies such as Health & Human Services and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families.

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