Call for APLA Graduate Student Representative!

apla_aaa_2018_019dsc_0732-e1553209054361The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is currently accepting applications for a third 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, including sharing a vote on Board decisions and shaping section programs.

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, Aderayo Sanusi, in coordinating all aspects of the workshop. APLA has been recognized by the AAA for the high quality of the workshops organized by APLA’s graduate student reps.

The term for Graduate Student Representatives is three years. In the first year, Representatives work closely with the returning student representative in organizing and convening student programming. Representatives then organize workshops independently in their second year, and closely mentor the incoming Graduate Student Representative in their third.

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 2020 AAA Annual Meetings in St. Louis, MO.

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

Please complete this Google form by midnight Friday, May 22, 2020. If you have questions about the details of the position, you may also contact Aderayo Sanusi at

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