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An Interview with Dána-Ain Davis

Feb 1, 2014

By Gretchen Ahrens and Gabriela Escamilla - Dána-Ain Davis works as an Associate Professor of Urban Studies Queens College and Anthropology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York and focuses on the issues of marginalized people, particularly women and the impoverished. She received her PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center and previously worked at SUNY-Purchase as an Assistant Professor. She has published Battered Black Women and Welfare Reform, and co-edited two books, Black Genders and Sexuality (McGlotten and Davis, 2012) and Feminist Activist Ethnography (Craven and Davis 2013). The latter of these was the cat-alyst for this interview, on December 3, 2013 as part of a course in Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems at Northern Illinois University. Davis offered insight on what being an engaged anthropologist means, particularly within the context of her own work with gender and poverty issues. She also situates her work with the ideas of Low and Merry in “Engaged Anthropology: Diversity and Dilemmas” (2010) which defines both the expectations and the pitfalls of being an engaged anthropologist. Davis believes her subjects, and students have power and should be listeners of their own voice for change.

An Interview with Josiah Heyman

Feb 1, 2014

By Katie Birkey and Elizabeth Balvaneda - The following is an interview with Josiah Heyman, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas in El Paso, con-ducted on November 26, 2013 as part of a course in Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems. This interview was inspired by his two articles, “An Academic in an Activist Coalition: Recognizing and Bridging Role Conflicts,” (2011) and “Engag-ing With the Immigration Human Rights Movement in a Besieged Border Region: What Do Applied Social Scientists Bring to the Policy Process?” (Heyman, Morales, and Núñez 2009). Josiah Heyman has done extensive research over the years on bor-der and immigration issues between the U.S. and Mexico. He brings to the table his insights of the work that coalitions are doing to address border issues, providing a so-cial science and anthropological lens. He offers ideas and suggestions for effective pol-icy change that starts from the ground-up.