Race and human variation website is up

A few weeks ago I got an email from the AAA announcing that the fancy new website of the Race and Human Variation Project (tied with AnthroSource and a couple of other things as being a central focus of AAA planning these days) was up. When I visited the site I got a blank page that said “check back here soon.” This sort of exemplifies the emails AAA sends out. Did anyone else get the one whose subject line was “A massage from AAA”? /me sighs. Well at any rate the “Race project’s website really is live”:http://raceproject.aaanet.org/. It already has a pretty nice collection of papers and I’m really looking forward to watching it take of.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at rex@savageminds.org

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  1. I’m glad something like this has been made. As a teaching assistant, race is one of the issues in discussions sections which students have trouble understanding. Even when presented with evidence that “race” is cultural (e.g. different categories outside of the U.S., genetic evidence, etc.). It’s great to have place that I can send students to if they want more information.

    However, I do think that as is the site would be difficult for students to jump into as freshman (or even for “lay people” to view) as is. While the selection of articles is good. Some of them are to “academicy” (for lack of an available word in English). This is especially true of the articles about genetics. Hopefully the section for teachers and students will be able to present this information in an easier to digest form for non-academics.

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