Hampshire College Professor of Biological Anthropology Alan Goodman has been elected president-elect of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the primary professional society of anthropologists in the United States. With more than 11,000 members, the AAA is the world's largest professional organization of individuals interested in anthropology.
Goodman is only the second biological anthropologist chosen by the AAA as president-elect in the past 40 years. He will serve in that capacity for four years, then as AAA president.
He teaches and writes on the health and nutritional consequences of political-economic processes such as poverty, inequality, and racism. His work includes studies in the American Southwest, and he directs a long-term project on undernutrition and child development in Mexico and Egypt. He is a co-editor of the book Genetic Nature/Culture: Anthropology and Science Beyond the Two-Culture Divide, recently published by the University of California Press. An article by him in The Sciences, "Bred in the Bone," has been reprinted in six anthologies.
Goodman received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts.