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About the Journal

Cultural Anthropology (print ISSN 0886-7356; online ISSN 1548-1360) is the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. Established in 1986, the journal publishes four issues per year and is widely abstracted and indexed.

Aims and Scope

Cultural Anthropology publishes ethnographic writing informed by a wide array of theoretical perspectives, innovative in form and content, and focused on both traditional and emerging topics. It also welcomes essays concerned with ethnographic methods and research design in historical perspective, and with ways cultural analysis can address broader public audiences and interests.


Matilde Córdoba Azcárate, Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Julia Elyachar, Joanne Nucho, AbdouMaliq Simone, Manuel Tironi, and Ather Zia (2022–2026)

Chris Nelson, Heather Paxson, and Brad Weiss (2018–2022)

Dominic Boyer, Cymene Howe, and James Faubion (2014–2018)

Anne Allison and Charles Piot (2010–2014)

Kim Fortun and Mike Fortun (2006–2010)

Ann Anagnost (2002–2006)

Dan Segal (1996–2001)

Fred Myers (1992–1995)

George Marcus (1986–1991)

Open Access

In 2014, Cultural Anthropology went open access, which means that all articles published since 2014 are freely available on the Cultural Anthropology website immediately upon publication. Articles published before 2014 are available at Wiley Online Library to members of the American Anthropological Association and institutional subscribers.

As of 2019, Cultural Anthropology is published using Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source software application developed and released by Public Knowledge Project (PKP).

This publication was subsidized in part by the MIT Programs in Digital Humanities.


Cultural Anthropology journal content is archived with Portico.