Author Archives: Andrea Ballestero

About Andrea Ballestero

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Rice University

Update from Madelaine Adelman, APLA President!

The APLA Board and Committees have been busy working on a number of projects. Here is Madelaine Adelman’s summary of ongoing initiatives: The APLA Programming Committee is now reviewing submissions to create a diverse and intellectually compelling set of panels

Update from Madelaine Adelman, APLA President!

The APLA Board and Committees have been busy working on a number of projects. Here is Madelaine Adelman’s summary of ongoing initiatives: The APLA Programming Committee is now reviewing submissions to create a diverse and intellectually compelling set of panels

PoLAR in Search of a New Editor!

Call for Nominations: Editor(s) of Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board of Directors seeks nominations for the next editor(s) of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR). Ideally, the appointment is

PoLAR in Search of a New Editor!

Call for Nominations: Editor(s) of Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR) The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) Board of Directors seeks nominations for the next editor(s) of the Political and Legal Anthropology Review (PoLAR). Ideally, the appointment is

Political Anthropology in Public: Thick Description in 1500 words or less

Natasha Zaretzky’s contribution to the APLA Anthropology News column is out, check it here! Natasha Zaretsky, left, with a research participant in 2003. This photo was taken in Plaza Lavalle, Buenos Aires, where the social movement Memoria Activa held weekly

Political Anthropology in Public: Thick Description in 1500 words or less

Natasha Zaretzky’s contribution to the APLA Anthropology News column is out, check it here! Natasha Zaretsky, left, with a research participant in 2003. This photo was taken in Plaza Lavalle, Buenos Aires, where the social movement Memoria Activa held weekly

Presidential Address Now Published!

Don’t miss Susan Coutin and Sally Merry’s joint APLA-AES 2013 Presidential Address now published in American Ethnologist: Technologies of truth in the anthropology of conflict Abstract Science and technology studies can help to unveil invisible modes of power that are

Presidential Address Now Published!

Don’t miss Susan Coutin and Sally Merry’s joint APLA-AES 2013 Presidential Address now published in American Ethnologist: Technologies of truth in the anthropology of conflict Abstract Science and technology studies can help to unveil invisible modes of power that are

APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition

The APLA Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including M.A., Ph.D. and J.D.) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and legal institutions and processes. Topics may include citizenship; colonialism and post-colonial public spheres; cosmopolitanism; cultural politics; disability;

APLA Graduate Student Paper Prize Competition

The APLA Board invites individuals who are students in a graduate degree-granting program (including M.A., Ph.D. and J.D.) to send stand-alone papers centering on the analysis of political and legal institutions and processes. Topics may include citizenship; colonialism and post-colonial public spheres; cosmopolitanism; cultural politics; disability;

Another of our 2013 AAA meetings mentoring workshops: mobility, law and citizenship

“Mobility, Law & Citizenship” Workshop, by Véronique Fortin, UC Irvine. On November 21st 2013, a small group of scholars gathered at lunchtime as six graduate students and one faculty member (Gillian G. Tan, Deakin University, Australia) discussed the challenges of

Another of our 2013 AAA meetings mentoring workshops: mobility, law and citizenship

“Mobility, Law & Citizenship” Workshop, by Véronique Fortin, UC Irvine. On November 21st 2013, a small group of scholars gathered at lunchtime as six graduate students and one faculty member (Gillian G. Tan, Deakin University, Australia) discussed the challenges of

Law and Rurality Workshop at AAA 2013 in Chicago:

Workshop on “Law and Rurality” by Michele L. Statz, University of Washington. Taking “rurality as a continuum” (Pruitt 2006) as its point of departure, the APLA “Law and Rurality” workshop welcomed scholars who explore the shifting parameters, regulation, and significance

Law and Rurality Workshop at AAA 2013 in Chicago:

Workshop on “Law and Rurality” by Michele L. Statz, University of Washington. Taking “rurality as a continuum” (Pruitt 2006) as its point of departure, the APLA “Law and Rurality” workshop welcomed scholars who explore the shifting parameters, regulation, and significance

New APLA Book Prize!

In 2014 APLA is launching its new Book Prize to recognize the innovative, cutting edge and thought provoking work that political and legal anthropologists do through the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices. The deadline for submissions is

New APLA Book Prize!

In 2014 APLA is launching its new Book Prize to recognize the innovative, cutting edge and thought provoking work that political and legal anthropologists do through the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices. The deadline for submissions is

APLA Business Meeting at AAA 2013

Don’t miss APLA’s business meeting substantive discussion on broadening anthropology’s reach! Saturday November 23rd, 12:15-1.30 pm, Chicago Hilton, Marquette Room.

APLA Business Meeting at AAA 2013

Don’t miss APLA’s business meeting substantive discussion on broadening anthropology’s reach! Saturday November 23rd, 12:15-1.30 pm, Chicago Hilton, Marquette Room.

Susan Coutin talks to ALLEGRA about her research and the challenges of communicating with broader audiences

Check out Susan Coutin’s (APLA President 2011-2013) recent conversation with ALLEGRA about research, communicating our work and new ways of expanding the collaborative nature of knowledge production here.

Susan Coutin talks to ALLEGRA about her research and the challenges of communicating with broader audiences

Check out Susan Coutin’s (APLA President 2011-2013) recent conversation with ALLEGRA about research, communicating our work and new ways of expanding the collaborative nature of knowledge production here.

ALLEGRA! A great web resource for Legal Anthropology

APLA has recently heard from Allegra moderators Julie Billaud and Miia Halme-Tuomisaari about this great resource for legal anthropologists. Below you’ll find a description and link to their website. But please, don’t miss their ACADEMIC SLOW FOOD MANIFESTO ! Enjoy!

ALLEGRA! A great web resource for Legal Anthropology

APLA has recently heard from Allegra moderators Julie Billaud and Miia Halme-Tuomisaari about this great resource for legal anthropologists. Below you’ll find a description and link to their website. But please, don’t miss their ACADEMIC SLOW FOOD MANIFESTO ! Enjoy!

APLA Mentoring Events at AAA 2013

Continuing its strong mentoring tradition, APLA will be holding a series of Graduate Student Workshops during the AAA meetings. Since 2005, these workshops have offered opportunities for grad students to interact with faculty members, meet students from other universities, and

APLA Mentoring Events at AAA 2013

Continuing its strong mentoring tradition, APLA will be holding a series of Graduate Student Workshops during the AAA meetings. Since 2005, these workshops have offered opportunities for grad students to interact with faculty members, meet students from other universities, and

Upcoming AAA events!

Take a look at some of the events that APLA is organizing for our upcoming AAA meetings. The full list of APLA sponsored panels can be found by clicking here: APLA panels, and a description of our invited sessions and

Upcoming AAA events!

Take a look at some of the events that APLA is organizing for our upcoming AAA meetings. The full list of APLA sponsored panels can be found by clicking here: APLA panels, and a description of our invited sessions and

How do you imagine the future of publishing for Political and Legal Anthro?

  APLA is brainstorming about ways to expand the reach of its publication program in order to better serve its membership, take advantage of new communication technologies, and respond to the financial challenges that scholarly publication is facing. At our

How do you imagine the future of publishing for Political and Legal Anthro?

  APLA is brainstorming about ways to expand the reach of its publication program in order to better serve its membership, take advantage of new communication technologies, and respond to the financial challenges that scholarly publication is facing. At our

Panel Honoring Barbara Yngvesson, APLA-AES Meetings, Chicago 2013

From left to right: Ilana Gershon, Carol Greenhouse, Susan Coutin, Barbara Yngvesson, Rachael Styker and Michelle Bigenho. During the joint APLA-AES meetings in Chicago 2013, colleagues, students, and friends of Prof. Barbara Yngvesson celebrated her scholarship, mentorship and  friendship with

Panel Honoring Barbara Yngvesson, APLA-AES Meetings, Chicago 2013

From left to right: Ilana Gershon, Carol Greenhouse, Susan Coutin, Barbara Yngvesson, Rachael Styker and Michelle Bigenho. During the joint APLA-AES meetings in Chicago 2013, colleagues, students, and friends of Prof. Barbara Yngvesson celebrated her scholarship, mentorship and  friendship with