Advisory Board

Dr. Edward B. Liebow

Edward B. Liebow, Ph.D. is Executive Director at American Anthropological Association.
Ed is responsible for AAA’s successful leadership and management according to the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and strategic direction set by the Executive Board. He serves as non-voting ex-officio on all Association boards and committees, and he’s responsible for the oversight of the association’s annual budget and investment funds. He evaluates member needs and interests, and propose programs and services to meet those needs with the overall goal of attracting and continually supporting AAA members, and encouraging member leadership and engagement. He determines staffing requirements for program delivery, and executes written contracts and agreements as needed.
He came to the position in 2013 after a long career with the Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest not-for-profit research and development organization. He first joined Battelle in 1986, the year he completed his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Arizona State University. He has conducted research and public policy analysis on a variety of energy, public health, and social policy issues concerning disadvantaged communities. While at Battelle, he rose from the rank of research scientist to project leader to director of research operations in the Seattle office.
Ed maintains a position as affiliate associate professor of anthropology and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Washington. He has been a visiting professor of Applied Anthropology and Comparative Economics at Università Carlo Cattaneo Castellanza, VA, Italy, a Senior Fellow of the Fulbright Commission, and have served on the faculty of the CDC-sponsored Summer Evaluation Institute. He has also served on the executive boards of the AAA, the Society for Applied Anthropology, the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference, and the Jack Straw Media Arts Foundation.
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