In Memoriam Guidelines

Anthropology News is the association’s major vehicle for information about deaths of our colleagues, but it is only as good as the information received. As a service to the discipline, please notify AN editor Natalie Konopinski as soon as you learn of a death so we can let members know and locate an author.

If you are volunteering to contribute a death notice, note that they may be up to 500 words and are always enhanced by a photo (jpeg preferred). Please check facts with the deceased’s family and colleagues prior to submission. Send your submission to AN editor Natalie Konopinski.

The American Anthropologist commissions longer obituaries of selected anthropologists after their AN death notices appear; different authors are preferred. The American Anthropologist will approach potential authors of AA obituaries. For information and suggestions, contact AA obituaries editor, Ira Bashkow.

All AN notices will be published online at We publish the timeliest tributes in the next available print issue.

Submission Details

  • Include: full name, date of birth, date and place of death, age at death, graduate and final affiliation, accomplishments and contributions to the discipline, and immediate survivors.
  • Verify death and check facts with the family and/or through the deceased’s department.
  • AN notices are a maximum of 500 words in length.
  • Photographs should be submitted as JPEG or TIFF files. For print, the images need to be minimum of 300 dpi. Please note that the images for the print version may be cropped to a headshot.
  • Focus on the highlights of the person’s career and contributions to the discipline.
  • Personal opinions, reminiscences and eulogies are appropriate, if there is space.
  • We copyedit all contributions for style, grammar, and length.
  • Additional remembrances are welcome in the comments portion of the online AN notice.

See the In Memoriam page of the website for recent examples.