Anth 120 students won the national competetion held by Public Anthropology Community Action


Congratulations to the 9 Public Anthropology Award Winners at San Francisco State University in Prof. James Quesada's ANTH 120 (Introduction to Social & Cultural Anthropology) class who participated in a North American competition involving over 3,500 students from 25 schools.   For the names of the San Francisco State Public Anthropology Award winners as well as their award-winning letters click here.

Prof. Quesada has played an integral part in Public Anthropology’s online student community, showcasing the ability of SFSU students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. He demonstrates how combining technology with cultural concerns in academic courses positively engages students to participate in the broader world beyond their academic setting, while gaining the skills needed for a productive, active life after graduation.


Prof. Quesada has pursued numerous research projects that collectively address the structural forces that underlie manifestations of inequality, conflict, and suffering. He has studied Latino youth gangs, exotic dancers, and undocumented workers as well as, with Dr. Philippe Bourgois, homeless heroin addicts and, in collaboration with the California Department of Public Health, Latino migrant workers.

Please join in congratulating Prof. Quesada and his prize-winning students.

For more information on Public Anthropology’s Community Action Website, please visit:


Dr. Rob Borofsky

Director, Center for a Public Anthropology

Professor of Anthropology, Hawaii Pacific University
Editor, California Series in Public Anthropology
Editor, Public Anthropology: An Open Access Series