Accepting Money From All The Wrong Places

Accepting Money From All The Wrong Places

(Written for Inside Higher Ed, April 2020) Would you take “dirty” money to fund your research? In the late eighteenth century, the Spanish attempted to commit genocide on the Karankawa Indians of the Texas Gulf Coast. I had located the evidence—I just needed to travel and see the documents first-hand.…
The Most Influential Text on Cannibalism: An Analysis of William Arens’s The Man-Eating Myth

The Most Influential Text on Cannibalism: An Analysis of William Arens’s The Man-Eating Myth

(Written for History News Network, October 2019) In the 1970s, a student at Stony Brook University asked his anthropology professor, William Arens, why he “lectured on kinship, politics and economics instead of more interesting things like witchcraft, fieldwork experiences and cannibalism.”[1] Arens listened to the student, reevaluated what he taught, and…