Welcome to GAD

One of the largest, most diverse sections of the American Anthropological Association, the General Anthropology Division (GAD) is an evolving coalition that connects and celebrates anthropology across the span of contemporary subfields, multidisciplinary inquiries, and publics. Cross-disciplinary engagement and small-group governance make GAD a home in the AAA for those whose interests transgress disciplinary categorization.

GAD supports new areas of inquiry, encourages member initiatives, and mentors members in leadership roles through our committees, publications, slate of awards, and annual GAD Distinguished Lecture on the Friday of each Annual Meeting.

GAD membership ($25 annually, $10 for students) includes an electronic subscription to Anthropology Now, a general interest magazine that promotes interdisciplinary conversations and supports anthropology in the classroom.

Whether your interests lie in study of the digital world, the discipline’s history, teaching and collegial support, or in launching new cross-disciplinary initiatives, GAD welcomes new members. Please check us out.

Special Statement

The General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association stands in solidarity with the Association of Black Anthropologists and other anthropological communities in opposing the state sanctioned violence against African descended peoples and other oppressed groups.  We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and protests throughout the world calling for racial justice and an end to police violence.

We renounce policies and practices that support systematic racism, sexism, as well as the dismissal of indigenous and immigrant rights.  In doing this, we recognize the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black and Brown communities throughout the United States and commit to using anthropological knowledge, insights, and platforms to address these grave injustices.

We pledge to work within the discipline of anthropology to acknowledge and redress the way our field has been and continues to be complicit in the project of white supremacy (in all its manifestations) and to chart a corrective for moving forward.  Accordingly, we renounce the systemic devaluation of Black life and remain steadfast in confronting anti-Black racism, patriarchal sexism, transphobia, and homophobia, both inside and outside of anthropology.