About the Journal

  1. Vision Statement
  2. Contact Us
  3. Editorial Officers and Board Members
  4. Supporting Cultural Anthropology
  5. Reading Cultural Anthroplogy
  6. Submission Guidelines
  7. Copying and Advertising

Vision Statement

Cultural Anthropology publishes articles that represent anthropological research, critical analysis, and academic writing of the very highest order. Under the stewardship of its former editors, CA has become one of the flagship journals of the discipline, serving as both lens and cutting edge of the “cultural” tradition of anthropology. Whether beginning a new project or teaching the classics, this is where many of us turn to take stock of the field: to see what the best—or freshest—minds are working on, how theoretical debates in other disciplines are being taken up in our own, and how anthropologists are weighing in on, or intervening in, events and circumstances in the world today.

While CA aims to be both ecumenical and judicious in publishing articles that represent the range and diversity of anthropological interest today, selection of articles will be guided more than anything by quality of submission. At the same time, there are subjects that, in their timeliness or scholarly dynamism, we seek out. These include work on anthropologies of the present and of emergence, on new media/technology/digitality, on financialization and financial decline, on poverty and precariousness, on war-making and violence, on humanitarianism and human rights, on sovereignty/post-sovereignty, on critical race and sexuality studies (areas in which anthropology generally lags behind other disciplines), on post-human and cyber sociality, on the borders of area studies and disciplinary practice. We also retain the journal’s long-standing commitment to interrogating and challenging the boundaries of the discipline, and we welcome submissions that critically reassess, politically-engage and creatively enact the anthropological enterprise today. Most important is that, as voice of the field, we want that voice to both sing and hit hard – with beautiful writing, punchy analysis, masterful scholarship, soulful engagement.

The ruptures in today’s landscape have opened up new possibilities—not only for violence and death but also for post-productive ways of engineering sociality and hope. We invite you to help us think imaginatively about the manner in which anthropology is engaging this new landscape.

Contact Us

The editorial office can be reached at ea@culanth.org or

Dominic Boyer, James Faubion, and Cymene Howe
Cultural Anthropology
Rice Universtiy
P.O. Box 1892
Houston TX 77251-1892

Editorial Officers and Board Members (2015–2018)

Editorial Staff

Dominic Boyer
James Faubion
Cymene Howe
Marcel LaFlamme
Managing Editor
Jessica Lockrem
Editorial Assistant
Ryan Schenk
Website Developer

Editorial Board

Jafari Sinclaire Allen
Yale University
Roger Bartra
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Tom Boellstorff
University of California, Irvine
Marisol de la Cadena
University of California, Davis
Teresa Caldeira
University of California, Berkeley
Jean Comaroff
Harvard University
Veena Das
Johns Hopkins University
Joseph Dumit
University of California, Davis
Julia Elyachar
University of California, Irvine
Judith Farquhar
University of Chicago
Didier Fassin
École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Institute for Advanced Study
Michael M. J. Fischer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sarah Franklin
Cambridge University
Faye Ginsburg
New York University
Bruce Grant
New York University
Akhil Gupta
University of California, Los Angeles
Jack Halberstam
University of Southern California
Abdellah Hammoudi
Princeton University
John Hartigan
University of Texas, Austin
John L. Jackson, Jr.
University of Pennsylvania
Webb Keane
University of Michigan
Christopher Kelty
University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Lambek
University of Toronto
Claudio Lomnitz
Columbia University
Tanya Luhrmann
Stanford University
George E. Marcus
University of California, Irvine
Emily Martin
New York University
William Mazzarella
University of Chicago
Francesca Merlan
Australian National University
Hiro Miyazaki
Cornell University
Chandra Talpade Mohanty
Syracuse University
Diane Nelson
Duke University
Francis Nyamnjoh
University of Cape Town
Vinh Kim Nguyen
University of Amsterdam and Université de Montréal
Aihwa Ong
University of California, Berkeley
Anand Pandian
Johns Hopkins University
Adriana Petryna
University of Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Povinelli
Columbia University
Paul Rabinow
University of California, Berkeley
Hugh Raffles
The New School
Christina Schwenkel
University of California, Riverside
Natasha Dow Schüll
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ann Stoler
The New School
Anna Tsing
University of California, Santa Cruz
David Valentine
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Helena Wulff
Stockholm University

Supporting Cultural Anthropology

The Cultural Anthropology website and open access journal are supported by membership fees to the Society for Cultural Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association, as well as donations and in kind support. We wish to thank those institutions and individuals who contributed their support to the journal during its transition to open access:

  • Boston University
  • The College of William and Mary
  • Duke University
  • The Duke University Libraries
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rice University
  • The Rice University School of Social Sciences
  • Danilyn Rutherford
  • Stanford University
  • The University of Cambridge
  • The University of Texas–Austin
  • The University of Wisconsin–Madison.

To join the AAA and SCA, or to get information on membership dues, please visit the AAA's membership page. If you would like make a donation in support of Cultural Anthropology's efforts to provide open access anthropology, please contact the Managing Editor.

Reading Cultural Anthropology

The journal, starting with the February 2014 issue, is freely available to all readers through the Cultural Anthropology website. No payment is necessary. Readers can subscribe to Cultural Anthropology's Atom feed, which delivers alerts about new articles as soon as they are published on the website.

Print copies of Cultural Anthropology, starting with volume 29 (2014), are available for purchase from a number of online retailers, as well as library book distributors. We have set the suggested retail price low ($12.95) to make issues affordable. Each issue will be available for purchase for one year after its initial publication date. Proceeds from the sale of print-on-demand copies of the journal help to support the society's mission, including the continued publication of the digital, open-access version of Cultural Anthropology. For an updated list of retailers carrying the journal, as well as ISBN numbers, see the Print-On-Demand page.

Submission Guidelines

If you wish to submit a manuscript to Cultural Anthropology, please see the submission guidelines.

Copying and Advertising

Copying of Articles from Cultural Anthropology

Articles in the Cultural Anthropology Journal on this site are freely available to download, save, reproduce, and transmit for non-commercial, scholarly, and educational purposes. Reproduction and transmission of articles for the above purposes, other than for personal use, should include the original source and author of the article. Use, reproduction, or distribution of articles from the Journal for commercial purposes is not permitted. For questions and any additional permissions, please contact the American Anthropological Association.

Authors of articles published in Cultural Anthropology retain the right (1) To use the article for educational or other scholarly purposes of Author's own institution or company; (2) To post the article on Author's personal or institutional website; (3) To post the postprint manuscript draft (i.e. manuscript draft post-peer review) or uncorrected page proofs of article on free, discipline-specific public servers of preprints and/or postprints; (4) To publish the article or permit it to be published by other publishers, as part of any book or anthology, subject only to his or her giving proper credit to the original publication by the American Anthropological Association, unless the anthology is drawn primarily from Cultural Anthropology; and (5) the right to publish the article on any noncommercial website(s), including www.culanth.org, the site of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the Association.

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