Book Discussion: Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts

I wanted to share with you some thoughts on a very interesting and informative book I’ve been reading—Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-First Century, by Dorothy Roberts.In this book, Dorothy Roberts deconstructs ideas of race as a biological truth and explains how race has been created and evolved overtime to fit political and social agendas, especially white supremacy. She also describes the ways in which beliefs of biological race are still prevalent in U.S. American society, and how these ideas perpetuate inequality. … More Book Discussion: Fatal Invention by Dorothy Roberts

Looking at COVID-19 Smartphone Mobility Data – Social Distancing in My County

Alternate Post Title: Social Distancing Data in Delightful Denton County Next up on “today I learned” — Google is using smartphone data to track the effectiveness of COVID-19 social distancing protocols all over the world, and they are posting the results on this website. This information is interesting to me for several reasons: Smartphone data … More Looking at COVID-19 Smartphone Mobility Data – Social Distancing in My County

Why We Won’t Take Human Interaction for Granted Again

“There’s something so special about human interaction. I’ll never take it for granted again.”
I took those words deep into my heart. And they got my thoughts churning as well…
Human interaction is special. This is one of the reasons why I fell in love with anthropology. This is one of the reasons we are drawn to each other. This is one of our reasons for living.

They say you don’t know what you have until its gone, right?

For now, we are going to have a lot less of it. But it doesn’t hurt to remember some of the reasons that humanity and all the ways we connect are special and beautiful. … More Why We Won’t Take Human Interaction for Granted Again

Racism Going Viral: The Coronavirus and Xenophobia

Not too long ago I came across a story from my local ABC News station, WFAA, on my Facebook news-feed. The story was about the continuing spread of the new coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China. Against my better judgement, I went to the article’s comments.
In the case of an epidemic, rumors and stereotypes are known to lead to scapegoating, which leads to further racism and discrimination. Differences in culture and ways of living are viewed as threats to one’s own existence. Fear of disease can be easily exploited to spread xenophobia for political or other gain. … More Racism Going Viral: The Coronavirus and Xenophobia

Best References for Anthropology Students, Part 2: Videos

For both new and veteran anthropology students (and really any students), videos can be a great resource for learning about and reviewing key concepts from your coursework. 

Readings are great and necessary for gaining in-depth knowledge, but sometimes you just want someone to break down the concepts for you in a simple format. These are some of the best video resources I recommend for anthropology students. … More Best References for Anthropology Students, Part 2: Videos

The Best References for Anthropology Students, Part 1: Books

The other day I got to thinking about the references that got me through grad school. Of course, my number one resource was my support system–the friends, mentors, and fellow students that had my back throughout my academic journey. If I could bottle up and sell the support that I received from these amazing people I’d probably be a millionaire, but I can’t. So here’s the next best thing!  … More The Best References for Anthropology Students, Part 1: Books

Anthropology and Climate Change

The AAA Statement on Humanity and Climate Change put forth in 2015 lists “eight points for understanding the impacts of climate change from an anthropological perspective.”  Within these points is an emphasis on the human causes of climate chance, the effects on vulnerable populations, and the ways an anthropological point of view could potentially help lesson some of climate change’s harmful effects. … More Anthropology and Climate Change

5 Years From Seoul

This is a piece I wrote as a reflection on my time studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea, back in 2015 (almost 5 years ago). Everyone that knows me, knows that my time in South Korea has had a huge impact on my life, my perspective, and my interests. My husband, some friends, and I will visit Seoul again in November 2019. … More 5 Years From Seoul

A Look at Current Events: Anthropology and Democracy

While watching coverage of the Hong Kong protests on Tuesday, I heard a U.S. American correspondent say something like “Americans hearts do, and should, go out the Hong Kong protesters.”I’ve watched quite a bit of coverage on the protests, and I eventually lost track of the exact video clip that I heard this statement from. Nonetheless, the quote has been stuck in my thoughts. In the U.S., many citizens take pride in our country’s democracy and all that it stands for. But what about the rest of the world? This led me to the questions “how universal is democracy?” and “what can anthropology tell us about democracy throughout the world?” … More A Look at Current Events: Anthropology and Democracy

Everyday Anthropology: Business Anthropology

What is Business Anthropology?   Business anthropology is perhaps one of the most concrete examples of how anthropology can be applied to “the real world” (outside of academia). According to a 2010 article written by Robert Guang Tian on the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) website, business anthropology is:   “a practical oriented scholastic field … More Everyday Anthropology: Business Anthropology