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"How to Write Successful Journal Articles”

"How to Write Successful Journal Articles”

Niko Besnier
Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam and Editor-in-Chief, American Ethnologist
Date and Time: 
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 12:30

Department of Anthropology
Main Quad - Building 50
Room 51A (Colloquium Room)


Submitting article manuscripts to journals is a process shrouded in mystery, which early-career scholars in particular find daunting. This workshop aims to dispel some of this mystery. It focuses on how to choose an appropriate journal for one’s work, how to develop an abstract, and how to avoid common pitfalls in motivating one’s work and presenting its contribution to broad anthropological questions.


Niko Besnier will finish a four-year term as editor of American Ethnologist on June 30, during which he read hundreds of submissions and thousands of reviewers’ reports, and received dozens of fan mail and a few death threats. In his day job, he is professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. He currently is a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He has previously been employed at institutions in the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and France. He has presented this workshop at dozens of conferences and departments around the world in four languages so far.