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Seeking editor for Economic Anthropology

The Society for Economic Anthropology seeks applications for Editor of the SEA journal, Economic Anthropology, an AAA publication through Wiley Online and indexed in AnthroSource. The Editor serves for a three-year term and oversees production of two journal issues per year.

The position as Editor offers excellent opportunities for advancing the scholarship of economic anthropology and for contributing to the life force of the SEA. In 2021, Economic Anthropology had the highest impact factor (3.439) among all journals housed within the American Anthropological Association and ranked 7th among the 93 anthropology journals listed in Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics). The impact factor builds on the robust quality of article downloads, as well as on the welcoming community of scholars that have contributed to and supported the journal.

The position begins officially in April 2023 at the SEA spring meeting. However, current Editor Brandon Lundy requests a transitional plan begin January 2023. This plan would include collaboration to ensure a seamless transition. Specific tasks of the Editor include evaluating submissions, locating peer reviewers, overseeing copyediting, communicating with authors, peer reviewers, guest editors, the SEA editorial board and production personnel at Wiley. The editor supervises the flow of submissions through each step of production, maintaining timetables for two issues at different points in the production process, keeping records, and providing quarterly reports to the SEA Board and writing an Annual Report to the AAA. Templates for communication and database records are established. The Society also encourages ongoing announcements of journal publications via the Society’s email and social media outlets.

Qualities of a successful Editor will include a strong background in writing, excellent communication, time management and record keeping skills. The position averages 10 hours/week to stay atop steady demands. The SEA may be able to offer modest financial support for the Editor and suggests applicants seek additional support from their institution. Additional support could include course release(s) for professional service, travel money to the annual AAA and SEA meetings to recruit authors and reviewers and market the journal, and/or graduate assistant(s) and undergraduate students to serve as a managing editor and journal interns, respectively.

To apply, please send:

  1. An abbreviated CV that documents the applicant’s qualifications for this position.
  2. A statement of interest (500-750 words) in which you discuss why you would like to edit the journal, your vision for the journal and how to grow EAs national and international reputation, and what strengths, experience and capabilities you would bring to the editorship.
  3. A brief statement about the support you anticipate receiving from your institution.

Please send Applications to: Carolyn Lesorogol, Chair, EA Search Committee at

Deadline for Submissions: October 3, 2022.

April 2021 SEA News

Dear SEA Members and Friends –

Good morning! I hope you’re all hanging in there during a very busy but beautiful time of year. I’m writing with a few pieces of news:

2021 AAA Meeting (Baltimore, Nov 17-21)

  • Please note that if you submitted last year and did not withdraw, your abstract should still be in the system but you also have the option to submit a new proposal
  • The deadline is May 21 to start your submission, it must be finalized by May 26
  • SEA invites all your ideas for panels, roundtables, etc! Please indicate our section to review your proposal
  • Finally, if you are/would like to organize a panel that includes someone who is not a member of the AAA, membership and registration waiver requests are due by April 30 (please email me for more details)

Schneider Prize

Just a reminder that Schneider Paper prize applications for graduate and undergraduate students are due June 1. For more information see the SEA website.

AAA Elections

If you are a current AAA member, please remember to vote in the election. We have a student seat open. While I regret that we can’t vote for all these wonderful folks… and hope to work with all of them in the future, please do have a look at their platforms!

Mergers and Acquisitions

Don’t forget that SEA now has an awesome podcast and blog series, Mergers and Acquisitions. Each quarter the M&A will feature content centered on a specific theme. This winter, Aneil Tripathy put together a great collection of interviews with Economic Anthropologists working on climate change. This spring, I’ll soon be releasing a collection focused on the economic anthropology of waste and discards. You can find all the episodes on our website or by subscribing to the podcast on apple, google, spotify or wherever you like to get your podcasts!

SEA Spring Meetings

Have a great idea for a theme for a future SEA meeting? Please remember we’re always looking for ideas and hosts for spring meetings. If you think you might be interested, please get in touch!

SEA Membership

It is wonderful that our listserv is so healthy! We have many members and friends here. However, our AAA membership numbers are declining (likely due to the pandemic). Please consider renewing your SEA membership to keep SEA strong!

Cindy Isenhour
SEA President, 2019-2021

The SEA Board needs a new student rep!

Calling all Economic Anthropology Graduate Students!!

It is elections time. Please consider running for the Society for Economic Anthropology Student Board Member position!

And consider quickly! We need your nomination materials by Thursday (this Thursday, 25 February)!

The candidate materials instructions are here. The instructions are not onerous. You have time!

What does the job entail, you might ask? Well, most importantly, you are expected to attend SEA Board meetings, which, I promise, are never Bored Meetings, but always quite interesting. At Board Meetings we decide the agenda of the organization, including events, awards, publications, outreach, etc. The student board member is a full-fledged voting member of the board, there to represent the needs and perspectives of our many student members.

Before the Pandemic, we had started a series of graduate student mentoring events that occurred at the Fall (AAA) and Spring SEA meetings; we will resume the mentoring events in the near future. The Student Board member is the primary person who organizes these events, with the participation of the Board and other SEA members.

What’s it it for you? Being a Student Board Member is a great way to influence the agenda of the organization. It is a great way to get to know more senior scholars in the field, and to understand how economic anthropology happens. It is a great way for the world of economic anthropology to get to know YOU and your research interests. And, we now have travel funds to help the Student Board member attend the AAAs and the Spring SEA meeting (once we return to in-person meetings).

Student Board Members serve for two years; if elected, your term would start at the November 2021 AAA meeting, and end in November 2023. (And, it is okay if you plan to be graduated by then).

If you have any questions, please contact Bram Tucker at

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