Each quarter, Mergers and Acquisitions will feature a specific topic or theme, curated by one of our editors. The blog will then explore this theme through a number of different formats including (but not limited to) podcasts, photo essays, interviews and roundtable discussions. We offered an exciting slate in 2021 beginning with Aneil Tripathy’s collection on climate change. In the second quarter, Cindy Isenhour and her guests focused on the economics of waste and discards. Ipshita Ghosh drew upon her own work on entrepreneurship to focus a collection on enterprise. Rounding out the COHORT 1 thematic series, Kelly McKowen featured content on unemployment, and Jenny Huberman curated a collection on digital capitalism.

The Society for Economic Anthropology is currently seeking proposals from prospective COHORT 2 editors for the M&A series over the 2022-23 season. Each guest editor will have the chance to curate a collection for one quarter (three months) on a topic of interest to him/her/them with relevance to economic anthropology! No experience with podcasts or sound editing is necessary, though admittedly helpful. Several COHORT 1 editors will continue over the next year to mentor COHORT 2 editors!

If you are interested in editing a thematic series for the podcast, please email us at podcast@econanthro.org with a description of your series concept and potential interviewees by July 1.

Our COHORT 1 editorial team members were:

  • Ipshita Ghosh (Enterprise)
    Ipshita is a doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at Syracuse University in New York. Her research focuses on entrepreneurs and startup spaces in India and the US, particularly the intersections of development, humanitarianism and ideas of enterprise.
  • Jenny Huberman (Digital Technologies and Capitalism)
    Jenny is an associate professor of anthropology in the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Sociology. Her research interests are broad but here, she will be discussing issues surrounding capitalism in a digital age.
  • Cindy Isenhour (Economies of Waste and Discard)
    Cindy is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine. With expertise in economic and environmental anthropology, Cindy is specifically interested in the materials economy (production-consumption-disposal systems), discard studies, environmental justice, environmental policy and economic governance. She is also the current president of the Society for Economic Anthropology.
  • Kelly McKowen (Unemployment)
    Kelly is an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University in Texas. His research and teaching interests include capitalism, the state, cash transfers, work, value, morality, ethnography, and contemporary Europe (particularly the Nordic countries).
  • Aneil Tripathy (Climate Change)
    Aneil recently defended his dissertation on economic environmentalism, and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Bologna in Italy. His research interests include economic, urban, and environmental anthropology, transportation, and the anthropology of finance and development.