"Psychological anthropology is concerned with subjective and sociocultural worlds and with the interplay between them. Scholars in psychological anthropology examine social and cultural influences on individual psychology and the psychological foundations of social behavior and shared culture."

John M. Ingham, p. 1. Psychological Anthropology Reconsidered. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

SPA award winners

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in News, Prizes | 0 comments

The winners of the SPA’s annual prizes were announced at the AAA meetings in Minneapolis, MN. The Stirling Prize for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology went to Julia Cassaniti’s Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community.  The Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology went to Amir Hampel’s “Equal Temperament: Autonomy and Identity in Chinese Speaking Clubs.” Finally, the six SPA/RLF fellowships went to Mirjam Holleman (U Alabama), Eva Melstrom (UCLA), Carolyn Merritt (UCLA), Sanja Miklin (U Chicago), Pablo Delaporte (Stanford), and Kathy Trang (Emory).

Congratulations to all!


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SPA Newsletter, Fall 2016

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Student rate for hotels at SPA meetings

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Student rate for hotels at SPA meetings

The SPA is offering a a reduced rate on hotel rooms ($169) for graduate students and postdocs. That’s a $60 discount per night! Claim your spot before they’re gone!

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Register for the SPA Biennial Meetings 2017!

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Register for the SPA Biennial Meetings 2017!

The registration and submission portals are open for the SPAs in New Orleans. Click here to get started!


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Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Listserv

The SPA has a new listserv hosted by the AAA. Click here for more information.

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SPA meetings 2017

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in News | Comments Off on SPA meetings 2017

Join us for the next SPA Biennial Meetings from March 9-12, 2017 in New Orleans, LA! The deadline for papers, panels, and workshops is October 30, 2016, and the deadline for posters and multimedia presentations is January 9, 2017. Click here for more info, and see you in NOLA!


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Psychological Anthropology Mentoring Workshops

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Psychological Anthropology Mentoring Workshops

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Sign up now for a catered evening of mentoring from leading figures within the Society for Psychological Anthropology and the Society for Medical Anthropology. Any graduate student or postdoc attending the AAA 2016 meetings in Minneapolis, MN may apply to meet with 3-4 mentors. The student will meet with each mentor for 15 minutes at an evening networking reception with the hope of benefitting from sage advice regarding their research and career paths. Students and mentors may also opt to enter into a longer-term mentoring relationship. The workshop will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 17.

For graduate students and postdocs: please submit a short paragraph that includes your name, institution, field specialty/interests, mentoring area of interest (e.g., grant-writing, publishing), degree/post-doc program and SMA and/or SPA affiliation. Submissions are due to Tawni Tidwell by October 1.

We also need mentors: professional members of the SPA and/or SMA. Please indicate your willingness to be a mentor in a short paragraph that includes your name, academic affiliation, researh focus, mentoring areas of expertise/interest (if different or in addition to field specialties), affiliation with SPA and/or SMA, and willingness to be contacted for continued mentorship by mentees after the event. Please send your information to Tawni Tidwell by October 1

 We will do our best to match up students and mentors with similar interests.

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