Practicing Anthropology in the Development World: Translating Qualitative Expertise for Policy Audiences


Location: Virtual

About the Lecture

Qualitative scholars, such as anthropologists, can offer development organizations rich, nuanced perspectives on area-based issues, as well as sophisticated analyses of concerns at the heart of development projects, such as social transformation or empowerment. How can we translate such knowledge across scholarly and policy domains? In what professional roles and capacities? Along which career trajectories?

This lunchtime brown-bag session will feature a virtual visit from Laura Ahearn, for an open discussion about translating scholarly expertise into new venues outside the academy. Audience members will have ample opportunity to ask questions. 

About the Speaker

Laura Ahearn is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist, and former Peace Corp volunteer, who has studied gender, kinship, social transformation, and sociolinguistic practices in Nepal, focusing on themes of agency, meaning, and development. She has published two books, as well as numerous articles, on these themes. After a career as a professor at Rutgers University, she now works with development organizations as a consultant. 


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.

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