The Personhood and Rights of Apes

I spent the earliest part of my career as an anthropologist studying captive chimpanzees at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, NC. While there, I always made a concerted effort to engage with zoo-goers while performing focal animal sampling (studying juvenile time budgeting and play behavior). If you’ve done any primate behavioral ecology, you will…

Film Review: Black Panther

Nearly three decades ago, my grandfather took me to the local pharmacy in Broadway, NC to get ice cream (it had an ice cream bar!). While there, I was perusing the shop and came across the comic book section; one in particular (see the feature image, I still have the comic). It wasn’t the incredibly…

The Commodification of Resistance

During the 2018 meeting of the American Anthropological Association, I took a trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It had been nearly two decades since my last trip and it seemed like a politically salient time to visit and reflect on the destruction carried out by a fascist regime. While there, visitors were…

Book Review: You Shall Know Them

You Shall Know Them (1953), or Les animaux dénaturés in the French, is a novel by Jean Marcel Bruller under the pseudonym Vercors. He is most famously known for The Silence of the Sea (1942), which explores the experience of a French family and a German occupying officer who attempts to convince the family of…

Syllabus for Intro to Anthropology: ANTH1101

Intro to Anthropology (ANTH 1101-006) UNC Charlotte, Spring 2018 Mon/Wed (11:00-12:15pm) in CHHS 380   Instructor: Adam Johnson Office Hours: T/TR 11:00-12:00pm ajohn344@uncc.edu by appointment in Hickory 42B       This syllabus contains policies and expectations I have established for this course.  Please read the entire syllabus carefully and refer to it regularly throughout…

Abstract for “Geno-colonisation: How science executes structural violence”

Below is the abstract for my newest article in review with Race & Class: Social institutions such as healthcare and education have been examined through a lens of structural violence— the systematic ways by which social institutions place certain members at a disadvantage thus causing various types of harm. However, science has escaped such scrutiny. In…

Hegemony, Trump, and The Riddle of Steel

  As you have surely heard, charges were filed against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former aid Rick Gates, including “conspiracy against the United States” and eleven others. The language of the conspiracy charge reads: “knowingly and intentionally [conspiring] to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful governmental functions…