Re: Four fields - a cynical view

Anj Petto (ajpetto@MACC.WISC.EDU)
Wed, 5 Apr 1995 17:24:16 -0600

Anita Cohen-Williams raises an interesting point. Besides being a MAWMie
(middle-aged white guy) in the academic job market, there are other trends
out there worth noting. First, in the past few years of looking for a job,
I have had more success attracting the interest of biology departments and
programs than anthro (roughly 4:1). This goes to the issue of the four
fields. I have a BA in sociocultural, but went to biological in graduate
school. The required work to become a functional biological anthropologist
has put most of my publications outside what anthro departments generally
consider worth including.

Though I had a decidely 4-field undergraduate and graduate experience, the
demands of the practice of bioanthropology have put me outside the fold.
Most anthro departments don't see the connection, so maybe we have
*already* reached the situation in European and other programs that
separate the ethnographic from the biological. I still resist that,
possibly because my undergraduate advisor/mentor/guiding light was a
Columbia PhD, but if I want to continue in academic employment, it seems
pretty clear it will probably be with a biological sciences department.


Andrew J. Petto, PhD
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