AABA hosts a monthly webinar series to bring out community together in a time of social-distancing. On this web page, you'll find a list of our past scientifically-oriented webinars. We also hosted three professional development webinars addressing how the covid-19 pandemic affects our professional lives.

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Towards A Publicly Engaged Biological Anthropology

The field of biological anthropology encompasses a range of fascinating but often socially contested concepts and issues such as human origins and evolution, genetics, race and racism, sex, gender and sexuality, and other dimensions of human difference. Some elements of the discipline, including common practices of fieldwork and local collaboration (or lack thereof), continue to reinforce harmful patterns of behavior grounded in colonialism, racism, and Eurocentrism. The US and the world at large face a social climate of growing polarization and distrust of science and scientists, and (in some cases) active political censorship and sanction. Given these challenges, how can biological anthropologists engage with their students and diverse communities about the work of our discipline in ways that are inclusive, equitable, just, and impactful?

This webinar will highlight examples of impactful education and public engagement activities by AABA members as well as voices from beyond our discipline. The session will include an open discussion as well as a breakout session for attendees to share and learn with other members. We will also invite attendees to share resources and reflections on a shared “Miro” board. This webinar is co-organized with the AABA Education Committee.

Date/time: January 30, 2024, 1:00 pm EST

Webinar panelists:

  • Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Ranhorn (she/her). Assistant Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change & Research Scientist, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Elaine Guevara (she/her). Lecturer, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
  • Dr. Eshe Lewis (she/her). Project Director, Public Scholars Training Fellowship Program, SAPIENS Magazine
  • Dr. Rob O’Malley (he/him) (moderator). Public Engagement Associate, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School & AABA Education Committee Co-Chair

Webinar recording

Post-webinar resources:

Resources on community-centered research

Article on teaching undergraduate biology to undermine racial essentialism (Guevara et al., 2023)

Teaching resources related to the article linked above


AABA Task Force for Ethical Study of Human Remains and AABA Committee on Community Partnership

The AABA Task Force for Ethical Study of Human Remains is focused on developing a roadmap for determining what constitutes ethical study and disposition of human remains and biological samples with consent when research is warranted. This roadmap is to be based on the desires and attitudes of descendant communities and feedback from members of the AABA. The Task Force will also release a white paper with an overview of survey results from a survey focusing on how members of the AABA work with human remains. Survey data were collected in March during our conference. The white paper will be made available in advance of the webinar.

The webinar will expand on results from the survey. In addition, members of the Task Force will be available for dialog, questions, and discussion. The webinar will provide opportunities to discuss next steps and activities for future project phases. We encourage AABA members to respond to the ideas, perspectives, and insights presented during the webinar.

Discussion with the AABA Task Force for the Ethical Study of Human Remains Webinar Recording

Task Force Co-Chairs: Drs. Fatimah Jackson (Howard University), Ben Auerbach (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

Additional Panelists:

  • Drs. Jennifer Caldwell, assistant professor, Louisiana State University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center,
  • Carter Clinton, postdoctoral scholar, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Anthropology,
  • Joseph Jones, lecturer, William and Mary, Department of Anthropology,
  • Carmen Mosley, NAGPRA Repatriation Manager, Museum of Us.

Understanding Genetic Ancestry and Its Implications

What can genetic ancestry tell us about our ancestors and disease risk? How might it influence the ways people identify themselves and communities? What are the promises and pitfalls of commercializing genetic ancestry technologies? This month, the American Association of Biological Anthropologists (AABA) is partnering with the American Association of Anthropological Genetics (AAAG) to bring a panel of three experts working in industry and academia who will discuss the broader implications of genetic ancestry for researchers, society, individual health, and identity. Join us to discuss this fascinating topic and examine the meaning and nuances of the concept of genetic ancestry.

Organizer: C. Eduardo Guerra Amorim (California State University Northridge)


  • Graham Coop (University of California, Davis)
  • Gen Wojcik (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Janina Jeff (Population Geneticist & Host/Creator of In Those Genes Podcast)

Co-Sponsored by AABA and AAAG

Understanding Genetic Ancestry and Its Implications Webinar Recording

Supplemental information: Please view this work by Graham Coop, which covers the webinar topics and includes some additional details.

The 4-Part #Hackademics Series (Hacks for Succeeding in Academia)

Does the academic career path seem like a mystery? An unsolvable puzzle? Maybe you could use some insider insight as to how to make it all work? AABA has the webinar series for you: #Hackademics

Building off of the series recently published in the American Journal of Human Biology by our sister organization the Human Biology Association, we bring you a series of discussions by those same authors. For details about these four conversations, be sure to check out the #Hackademics webpage.

#Hackademics 1: Balancing Family, Drama, Fieldwork, AND Teaching?

#Hackademics 2: On Mentoring and Un-Teaching in Anthropology

#Hackademics 3: The Cultureshocks of Coming Home and Communicating across Disciplines

#Hackademics 4: Sharing with the Public & Getting the Academy to Count It


Planning for the 2022 Annual Meeting

December 13, 2021

View the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Join in for updates and a Q&A on the plans for the 2022 annual meeting scheduled for March 2022.

  • Steve Leigh, AABA President
  • Leslea Hlusko, AABA Vice President
  • Lori Strong, AABA Conference Executive Director

2021 Dialogues in Decoloniz(s)ation Series

This webinar series explores two questions:

What does decolonization entail?

What strategies might be employed to achieve a decolonized biological anthropology?

Our goal is to provide a space where participants can explore the impact that colonial practices have had on biological anthropology, including on our curricula, our practices, and our narratives. To facilitate grounding general topics (e.g. decolonizing curricula, fieldwork, authorship) within regional issues and concerns (e.g. decolonizing African palaeosciences), and with an eye towards incorporating diverse views and perspectives, these webinars will feature experts from around the world actively engaging in these issues in their home countries.


July 13, 2021

View the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Co-organizers: Lauren Schroeder and Rebecca Rogers Ackermann


  • Dr. Wendy Black (Iziko Museums of South Africa)
  • Ms. Robyn Humphreys (University of Cape Town)
  • Dr. Fredrick Manthi (National Museums of Kenya)
  • Dr. Charles Musiba (University of Colorado Denver)
  • Dr. Yonatan Sahle (University of Cape Town)
  • Moderator: Prof. Rebecca Rogers Ackermann (University of Cape Town

Co-sponsored by AABA COD-International and COD-TASK

Co-organizers: Dr. Lauren Schroeder and Dr. Rebecca Rogers Ackermann

Part II: Southern, Southeastern and Australasia

October 6, 2021

Watch the video here

Co-organizers: Sheela Athreya, Martin Porr, Rebecca Rogers Ackermann, and Lauren Schroeder


  • Dr. Amber Aranui, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Dr. Matthew Go, SNA International, supporting the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, USA
  • Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta, Urban Slender Loris Project, Bangalore, India  and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Mr. David Johnston, Australia National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Dr. Erin Riley, San Diego State University, CA USA


Dr. Sheela Athreya, Texas A&M University-Qatar

Dr. Martin Porr, The University of Western Australia

The Insider's Guide to AABA's 2021 Virtual Conference

March 8, 2021

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Anne Grauer, AABA President

Description: Join us for a demo of the virtual platform AABA will be using for our annual conference scheduled for April 7-28, 2021. See all the cool features, get a sense of how the events will work, and learn how to upload your presentation. You can also learn more about the meeting on our 90th annual conference webpage.


  • Steve Leigh, AABA President-elect
  • Leslea Hlusko, AABA Vice President & Program Chair
  • Lori Strong, Burk Associates

Black in BioAnthropology: Journeys, Belonging and Legacy

February 4, 2021

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Dag Abebe (City University of New York)

Description: This panel discussion explored Black scholars' experiences in biological anthropology as part of the #BlackinBioAnth week (February 1-7, 2021) created and organized by Black in BioAnthropology (BiBA). This live event was co-hosted by the AABA.


  • Dr. LaShanda Williams (EMD Serono/Merck)
  • Delande Justinvil (PhD Student, American University)
  • Myeashea Alexander (@TheRockStarAnthropologist, Sci. Communicator)
  • Dr. Denné Reed (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Dr. Allison Nesbitt (University of Missouri, School of Medicine)

Black in BioAnthropology: Kick-off Keynote by Dr. Stephanie Poindexter

February 1, 2021

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Megan Henriquez (City University of New York)

Description: This keynote address by primatologist and conservation biologist Dr. Stephanie Poindexter (University of Buffalo) was part of the #BlackinBioAnth week (February 1-7, 2021) created and organized by Black in BioAnthropology (BiBA). This live event was co-hosted by the AABA.


The Ups, Downs, Ins & Outs of Computational Genomics in Anthropology

November 23rd, 2020

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Many thanks to our sponsor for this webinar, The Royal Society. Follow them on twitter @theroyalsociety

Organizer: Xinjun Zhang (postdoc, anthropological geneticist at UCLA)

Description: Over the last decade, computational genomics has brought a whirlwind of new insights to human evolution. We have so far witnessed a rapid emergence of genomics data and quantitative methods. This month, AABA brings you a panel of four experts to talk about their fascinating research in human demographic history, with a particular focus on the start-of-the-art analytical methods used in anthropological genomics nowadays, including their assumptions, strengths, and weaknesses.


Voices from Down Under: Biological Anthropology in Australia and New Zealand

October 13, 2020

Watch the video of this webinar on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Tanya Smith, Griffith University 


  • Rebecca Kinaston, University of Otago, Recent bioarchaeological research from Indonesia
  • Cyril Grueter, University of Western Australia, Secondary sexual traits and complex sociality in primates
  • Clare McFadden, Australian National University, Situating bioarchaeology in multidisciplinary approaches to palaeodemography and palaeoepidemiology
  • Andy Herries, La Trobe University, New hominin fossil discoveries from Drimolen Cave, South Africa, and their relevance to the evolution of Paranthropus and Homo erectus 

Co-sponsored by The Australasian Society for Human Biology (ASHB) www.australasianhumanbiology.com

Community Discussion on AABA's 2021 Annual Meeting

September 15, 2020

Watch the video of the community discussion on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Anne Grauer, AABA President


  • Steve Leigh, , AABA Vice President & Program Chair
  • Leslea Hlusko, AABA Vice President & Program Chair
  • Brett Burk and Lori Strong, Burk Associates

The evolution and history of human diseases: from the archaic hominins to the Black Death and Sars-Cov-2

August 24, 2020

Watch the video of the human diseases panel on AABA's YouTube channel.

Organizer: Eduardo Amorim (University of Lausanne)


  • A New History of the Black Death (and Why It Matters for the History of Pandemics: Monica H. Green (Independent Scholar)
  • The impact of infectious diseases on human evolution: Lluis Quintana-Murci (Institute Pasteur and Collège de France)
  • Patterns of genomic diversity in SARS-CoV-2: Lucy van Dorp (University College London)

Questions, comments, or webinar ideas? Please email AABA Vice President Leslea Hlusko.

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