Welcome to the Society for Psychological Anthropology


SPA board at AAA 2018. From left to right: Kathy Trang, Jason Decaro, Ellen Kozelka, M. Cameron Hay, Neely Myers, Jeff Snodgrass (back), Greg Downey (front), and Jill Korbin. Not featured: Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Yehuda Goodman, Amir Hampel, Rebecca Lester, and Ashley Maynard.

Save the Date


Join Your Friends and Colleagues at the Society for Psychological Anthropology Business Meeting in Vancouver

Friday Nov 22, 2019, 8-10PM | Pan Pacific Hotel, Oceanview Rooms 3 and 4

• Good conversations and networking
• Drinks, Light Refreshments
• Announcements of Awards

Anthropology News


Brought to you by Anthropology News co-editors Amir Hampel and Kathy Trang. Do you have pictures from the field or any accolades, publications, or news you would like to share with other SPA members? Throughout the year, SPA-AN regularly features research by our members and the team is always looking for ways to better engage with the interests of members. If you have an idea for a piece or for a series, be in touch ([email protected])!

Bob Levine on Women’s Education


Around 1980, the first demographic evidence became available suggesting that, in a variety of developing countries, women’s schooling was robustly associated not only with lower fertility but also with reduced (post-infancy) child mortality and increased use of health services. “Robust” in this context means that the associations did not disappear when income, father’s schooling, and “socioeconomic status,” however measured, were statistically controlled. (The associations of women’s schooling with infant mortality did disappear when income and father’s schooling were controlled, indicating that the death of infants was more dependent on domestic economic resources than that of older children.) Results from the World Fertility Survey during the 1980s confirmed the original findings, so that by 1988 it was clear that sending girls to school could generate a major demographic transition to lower birth and death rates. But the mechanism or processes involved remained mysterious.

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Thomas S. Weisner on 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award


Psychological Anthropology is an incredibly rich discipline, and I have been very fortunate to have been a part of our field as my intellectual and personal home, shared with so many wonderful colleagues and students. My graduate experience at Harvard in Social Relations and Anthropology, training by John and Beatrice Whiting, fieldwork in Kenya on the effects of rural-urban migration on children (and the importance of sibling care), participation in the Children of Different Worlds project (Whiting & Edwards, 1988), the methods and interdisciplinary training I enjoyed, and the convoy of fellow students and collaborators I came to know, provided a fortunate start. Then, just as fortunate, I joined a terrific program at UCLA in the Anthropology and Psychiatry Departments with a large, interdisciplinary group in psychological and medical anthropology. Robert Edgerton led the Psychiatry program for many years, and the SPA itself, and Ethos, began in the late 1970’s while I was an assistant professor.

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Bradd Shore on 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award


My undergraduate background was in literature, and I discovered anthropology “by accident” through my two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Samoa where I got to know several anthropologists. After my conversion to the discipline, I did my graduate work in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago in the early 1970s when the Anthropology Department there was deep into symbolic anthropology and what was called “culture theory,” under the influence of David Schneider (who became my mentor), Clifford Geertz and Victor Turner. While my interests, based on my experiences in Samoa, were naturally oriented toward psychological and cognitive issues, psychological anthropology was not emphasized by the department, and I was actively discouraged from pursuing training in things psychological.
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Voices of Experience

Dr. Hinton discusses his research among genocide survivors in Cambodia since the 1990s. Between 1975 and 1979, approximately two million Cambodians were killed during the Khmer Rouge. Dr. Hinton’s work has employed anthropological methods to illuminate why such atrocities occur and what justice means in the aftermath of genocide and mass violence. Focusing on the 2009 trial of Duch, a Khmer Rouge torturer, Hinton explores in his recent book (Man or Monster?: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer) the differences between global discourses of human rights and local conceptualizations of justice, and the impact of this disparity on Khmer Rouge survivors.

In this conversation, Dr. Thein-Lemelson discusses her research on the Burmese democracy movement and the atrocities that were perpetrated against activists and civilians during the 1988 Uprising and in its aftermath. Her research has examined historical memory of the uprising and the psychosocial, political, cultural, relational, and structural determinants of resilience among previously imprisoned political leaders, as well as factors that contributed to the long-term resilience of the democracy movement as a whole.

An interview and conversation with Dr. Rebecca Lester as part of the SPA Voices of Experience series. In this conversation, Dr. Lester discusses her newest book project “Famished: Eating Disorders in the Era of Managed Care” focusing on the conditions and experience of eating disorders treatment in the United States.

An interview and conversation with Drs. Greg Downey (Macquarie University) and Daniel Lende (University of South Florida). In this conversation, Drs. Downey and Lende discuss the origin, applications, and future directions of neuroanthropology and the growth of its associated platforms online.

Recent Prize Winners


Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology: Courtney Cecale






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Stirling Prize for Best Published Work in Psychological Anthropology: Naomi Leite




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Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology: Kevin Groark