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American Anthropologist is the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association with a distinguished history. It began publishing in 1888 and has a venerable list of editors. It currently is published on a quarterly basis. American Anthropologist follows the mission statement and goals of the American Anthropological Association by advancing anthropology as a discipline that studies humankind in all its aspects, involving archaeological, biological, ethnological, and linguistic research. It further the professional interests of anthropologists by disseminating anthropological knowledge and illuminating its relevance to human problems.

From the current Editor-in-Chief, Michael Chibnik

I am honored to have been selected by the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association as Editor-in-Chief for the American Anthropologist (AA) from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2016.You can see my website to learn more about me. I am very pleased that a superb editorial team will work with me on the journal:

  • Associate Editor for Archaeology: Miriam Stark (University of Hawaii)
  • Associate Editor for Biological Anthropology: Rachel Caspari (Central Michigan University)
  • Associate Editor for Linguistic Anthropology: Kathryn Woolard (University of California, San Diego)
  • Associate Editor for Sociocultural Anthropology: Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld (University of North Carolina)
  • Book Review Editors: sociocultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology: Timothy J. Smith (Appalachian State University), biological anthropology and archaeology: Christina Torres-Rouff (University of California, Merced)
  • Obituary Editor: Sydel Silverman
  • Public Anthropology Editor: David Griffith (East Carolina University)
  • Visual Anthropology Editors: John L. Jackson (University of Pennsylvania), Deborah A. Thomas (University of Pennsylvania), and Stanton Wortham (University of Pennsylvania)
  • World Anthropology Editor: Virginia R. Dominguez (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

The Public Anthropology Section of the American Anthropologist will provide a forum for anthropologists to profile and discuss anthropology of general interest to a wide audience. Especially welcome is work that engages contemporary controversy and debate surrounding the arts, science, policy, sexuality, ethics, international development, and other themes. The four editors are open to compelling ideas about how anthropological perspectives enter varied public conversations around the world and shape or take part in the discussion's evolution, moving anthropology into new realms with clarity and enthusiasm.Once per year the section will invite an anthropologist to write an overview of the ways anthropology has stirred public consciousness, taking the opportunity to refine the idea of what we find interesting. People interested in contributing should contact one of the editorial team: David Griffith; Shao-hua Liu; Michael Paolisso; or Angela Stuesse.

The Visual Anthropology Section of the American Anthropologist reviews DVDs, streaming media, books, exhibitions, and experimental work with visual imagery that is either made by, or in collaboration with, anthropologists or that incorporates the ethos and methodology of the discipline. The section provides the opportunity to sample and reflect upon the range of subjects, approaches, and concerns of the vast stream of anthropology in visual media. Occasional review essays addressing current issues within the field of visual anthropology are also included. People wishing to suggest films and other visual media for review or interested in reviewing films within a specific subject area should contact the review editors, John L. Jackson, Deborah A. Thomas and Stanton Wortham.

The World Anthropology Section of American Anthropologist serves as a forum for articles which promote global dialogues and discussions among anthropologists. It includes thematic reviews of the research of, debates among, and challenges confronted by anthropologists representing distinctive national and regional anthropological traditions, review essays about anthropologists whose most influential works were published in languages other than English, and accounts of international collaborations among anthropologists working as individuals or through organizations. Those interested in contributing may contact any of the editorial board members: Virginia R. Dominguez (United States)  Dominic Boyer (United States), Bela Feldman-Bianco (Brazil), Goh Beng Lan (Malaysia, Singapore), Francis Nyamnjoh (South Africa), Miguel Vale de Almeida (Portugal), or Shinji Yamashita (Japan).

Submissions to American Anthropologist

The editor of the journal seeks to further the Association's mission by publishing articles that add to, integrate, synthesize and interpret anthropological knowledge; essays on issues of importance to the discipline; research reports; obituaries; and reviews of books, films, videos, and exhibits.

The AA welcomes both manuscripts that originate within a single discipline and those that cross subdisciplines. In choosing articles for publication, the editors' principal consideration is to give preference to those submissions that present material that is important and new in the discipline theoretically, methodologically, and empirically. All other things being equal, the editors will also give preference to articles that demonstrate how anthropological research improves our understanding of issues of cultural significance and practical importance in both the present and past. To the extent possible, the main ideas of articles should be comprehensible to nonspecialists. The editors encourage clear writing and straightforward organization and discourage the overuse of jargon intelligible to only to those with particular theoretical perspectives.

Contributions from all subdisciplines in both their basic and applied dimensions are welcome, as are those focusing on broad, cross-cutting problems, themes, and theories. Collaborative work is encouraged and contributions from international colleagues are welcome. The journal does not charge authors for submission nor charge any publication fees.

Please see below for submission details:

Information for Authors of Research Articles

Information about Book Reviews, Review Essays, Obituaries and Commentaries

AA Editorial Office Information

AAA Style Guide


Editorial Board Members

Laura M. Ahearn, Rutgers University
Michael Blakey, College of William and Mary
Joseph Bosco, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Charles Briggs, University of California, Berkeley
Rachel Caspari, Central Michigan University
Meredith Chesson, University of Notre Dame
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, University of North Carolina
Eve Danziger, University of Virginia
Margarita Díaz-Andreu, ICREA, University of Barcelona
Arlene Dávila, New York University
Virginia R. Dominguez, University of Illinois
Andrew Duff, Washington State University
Joseph Errington, Yale University
Shirley Fiske, University of Maryland
Susan Greenhalgh, Harvard University
David Griffith, East Carolina University
Kristen Hawkes, University of Utah
James Holland Jones, Stanford University
Judith Irvine, University of Michigan
Dolores Koenig, American University
Frank Korom, Boston University
Valerie Lambert, University of North Carolina
Robert Launay, Northwestern University
Ellen Lewin, University of Iowa
Li Minghuan, Xiamen University (China)
Peter Little, Emory University
Saba Mahmood, University of California, Berkeley
David Meltzer, Southern Methodist University
Francesca Merlan, Australian National University
Barbara Mills, University of Arizona
Lynn Morgan, Mount Holyoke College
Susana Narotzky, University of Barcelona
Kristin Norget, McGill University
Ben Orlove, Columbia University
John Relethford, SUNY, Oneonta
Jennifer Robertson, University of Michigan
Paul Shackel, University of Maryland
Helaine Silverman, University of Illinois
Ann Stahl, University of Victoria (Canada)
Miriam Stark, University of Hawaii
Karen Strier, University of Wisconsin
Nandini Sundar, Delhi University
Ida Susser, CUNY
Deborah A. Thomas, University of Pennsylvania
Wenda Trevathan, New Mexico State University
Javier Urcid, Brandeis University
Gabriela Vargas-Cetina, Autonomous University of Yucatan
Holly Wardlow, University of Toronto
Joe Watkins, National Park Service
Harry West, University of London
James Wilce, Northern Arizona University
Kathryn Woolard, University of California, San Diego
Stanton Wortham, University of Pennsylvania
Shinji Yamashita, University of Tokyo
Yunxiang Yan, University of California, Los Angeles