This workshop is open to all graduate students, but is specifically for graduate students from the Department of Anthropology. Among other experience, Boellstorff is the former editor-in-chief of American Anthropologist (flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association), and is currently coeditor of the Princeton Studies in Culture and Technology at Princeton University Press.

The discussion will cover tips and tricks for improving your writing and getting an article accepted at a journal, including an explanation of how the peer review process works. Boellstorff will also talk about the book publishing process. Additionally, he will be happy to touch base about the graduate program, navigating the job market, or any other questions you might have. This is an informal event and the goal is to make it maximally useful for you.

While this will be a general discussion, Boellstorff will be willing to provide specific feedback on a couple manuscripts that anthropology graduate students send him (drafts of dissertation chapters or articles). If you are interested in some free comments, email him your manuscript as soon as possible: he will select manuscripts on a first come first served basis, and will likely only have time to comment on two manuscripts.

It is not necessary to register for the workshop: just show up! In preparation for the workshop, you might want to read some or all of the following five short articles:

  • Boellstorff, Tom, “How to Get an Article Accepted at American Anthropologist (or Anywhere). American Anthropologist 110, no. 3 (2008): 281–83. “Three Tips for Making Peer Review Work for You.” American Anthropologist 112, no. 1 (2010): 1–4. “How to Get an Article Accepted at American Anthropologist (or Anywhere), Part 2.” American Anthropologist 112, no. 3 (2010): 353–56. “Submission and Acceptance: Where, Why, and How to Publish Your Article.” American Anthropologist 113, no. 3 (2011): 383–88. Vora, Neha, and Tom Boellstorff, “Anatomy of an Article: The Peer-Review Process as Method.” American Anthropologist 114, no. 4 (2012): 578–82.


To register, please email Olga Dunaevsky, A Zoom link will be provided with confirmed registrations.


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