Call for Graduate Student Representative

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The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is accepting applications for a second Graduate Student Representative to the section’s Board of Directors. The successful applicant will be expected to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of, working with the Board. Graduate student board members share a vote on the Board.

Graduate Student Representatives are responsible for leading student programming for the annual meetings of the AAA, in particular APLA’s graduate student workshops. These workshops are organized annually, convening small groups of graduate students and faculty around current conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues in political and legal anthropology. The workshops are a central component of APLA’s mission to support collegiality and mentorship in the sub-field, and promote dialogue between faculty and graduate students across institutions. The successful applicant will work with returning student rep Suraiya Jetha in coordinating all aspects of the workshops. APLA has been recognized by the AAA for the high quality of the workshops organized by APLA’s graduate student reps.

Qualifications to apply:

  • be in the pre-dissertation-write-up stage of a Ph.D. program,
  • work in the field of political and/or legal anthropology (broadly defined),
  • have previous event-organizing experience,
  • be committed to attending the 2016 AAA Annual Meetings in Minneapolis

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Your name, email contact, institutional affiliation, and current year in the Ph.D. program (i.e. 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th)
  • A statement of interest, approximately one single-spaced page in length: Applicants should make brief mention of their research interests, but, due to the nature of the responsibilities of the position, the statement should focus on the applicant’s history of professional service, highlighting in particular any experience organizing events, be they in or outside of academia. Applicants may also mention if they have participated in other roles (e.g. presenter, workshop participant, etc.) in academic or professional conferences, and offer any reflections on their experiences that have motivated them to apply or that make them a good candidate for the Graduate Student Representative position.

It is not necessary to be a member of APLA prior to applying, but current APLA student members are especially encouraged to apply.

Please submit application materials as described above to Catherine Besteman at by Friday April 1, 2016 If you have questions about the details of the position, you may also contact Suraiya Jetha at



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