This is the blog of Public Anthropologist, an international peer reviewed journal founded by Antonio De Lauri and published by Brill.

Editorial team

Aims and scope of the journal

Anthropologists have long engaged communities and topics that have become central to contemporary debates. Through ethnographic research, they aim to understand how people’s everyday lives are shaped by, and in turn shape larger structural forces. But although cultural and social anthropology has produced many insights to understand the world we live in, anthropologists have mostly turned their conceptual and therefore ethical gaze inward, with few notable exceptions. Public Anthropologist opens the possibility for dialogue and debates that are timely, and socially and politically challenging. It aims at creating a hybrid, critical space between the ponderous nature of traditional academic journals and the immediacy of blogs, newspapers, and experts’ accounts. The journal inquiries critical issues of our time in a way that both encourages and scrutinizes a diverse range of shifts outwards from the purely academic realm towards wider publics and counterpublics engaged in cultural and political exchanges, and collective collaborations for change. This implicitly interrogates the implications and expectations of anthropology’s public presence.

Public anthropologist directly aims at facing conditions of violence, inequality and injustice, and exploring ways anthropology might impact processes of public awareness and policy making. It is interested in the area in which newspapers, television, political actors, new media, activists, experts and academics continually mobilise positions that support or challenge dominant narratives.

We believe it is time to definitively push anthropology beyond its association with elitism (and its colonial legacy) and make it relevant not only for understanding cultural difference, but also making a difference.

The journal invites articles, reviews, interviews/conversations, and special issues committed to make anthropology directly speak to other scholars and to the wider public on issues related to war, rights, poverty, security, access to resources, new technologies, freedom, human exploitation, health, humanitarianism, violence, racism, migration and diaspora, crime, social class, hegemony, environmental challenges, social movements, activism.

Public Anthropologist publishes reviews of books, films and documentaries that deal with relevant challenges and opportunities of our time. The journal encourages reviews of scholarly works, fictions, the work of activists, journalists, and artists. It welcomes reviews of non-English materials.

The journal welcomes submissions of interviews or conversations between anthropologists and journalists, activists, political actors or artists on different topics at the core of the journal’s interests.



Antonio De Lauri (Chr. Michelsen Institute)

Associate editors

Linda Green (University of Arizona)

Mara Benadusi (University of Catania)

Sohini Kar (London School of Economics)

Nichola Khan (University of Brighton)

Review editors

John-Andrew McNeish (Norwegian University of Life Sciences – NMBU)

Andrea Steinke (Centre for Humanitarian Action, Berlin)

Advisory Board

Lila Abu-Lughod (Columbia University)

Irfan Ahmad (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity)

Ruben Andersson (University of Oxford)

Sindre Bangstad (KIFO – Institute for Church, Religion, and Worldview Research, Oslo)

Synnøve Bendixsen (University of Bergen)

Robert Borofsky (Hawaii Pacific University)

Gisela Elvira Cánepa Koch (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru)

Sealing Cheng (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Manuela Ivone Cunha (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia)

Jason De Leon (UCLA)

Marie-Benedicte Dembour (Ghent University)

Olga Demetriou (Durham University)

Lili Di Puppo (NRU Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Elizabeth Cullen Dunn (Indiana University)

Didier Fassin (Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton)

Ilana Feldman (George Washington University)

Friederike Fleischer (Universidad de los Andes)

Divine Fuh (University of Cape Town)

Alex Golub (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo)

Barak Kalir (University of Amsterdam)

Tobias Kelly (University of Edimburgh)

Catherine Lutz (Brown University)

Thomas Mcllwraith (University of Guelph)

Sally Engle Merry (†) (New York University)

Henrietta Moore (University College London)

Mariella Pandolfi (University of Montreal)

Shalini Randeria (Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen)

Madeleine Reeves (University of Manchester)

Lisa Ann Richey (Copenhagen Business School)

Katharina Schramm (University of Bayreuth)

Rachel Sieder (Center for Research and Graduate Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico City)

Gunnar Sørbø (Chr. Michelsen Institute)

Ann Stoler (The New School for Social Research)

Akio Tanabe (University of Tokio)

Inge Tvedten (Chr. Michelsen Institute)