Along with our new Student Liaison, Brooke Jespersen (see the announcement), we are very excited to welcome Amy Clotworthy and Tannistha Samanta, the new Co-Editors of the AAGE journal, Anthropology & Aging!! Amy and Tannistha accepted the position in December 2020 and since have been working to smoothly transition into their roles.
Amy Clotworthy holds a Ph.D. in ethnology and a Master’s degree in applied cultural analysis, both from the University of Copenhagen. In her current position as assistant professor at the Department of Public Health and the interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Aging (CEHA), she teaches and conducts research on how health and social policies targeting older people influence the sociocultural dynamics of later life. With an emphasis on everyday health practices, her research also investigates how the Danish healthcare sector, hospitals, and municipal authorities can improve professional practices by recognising the complexity of older people’s life histories as well as the individual needs and priorities they express in their personal narratives.
Amy has lived in Denmark since 2008. She is originally from the US, where she obtained her Bachelor’s from George Washington University and later worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., before developing a career in publishing and corporate communications.
Tannistha Samanta is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Sociology at FLAME University, Pune, India. She received her Masters and PhD from the Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park. Broadly, her research lies at the interdisciplinary crossroads of family sociology and gerontology where she focuses on living arrangements, social capital & health, older adult sexualities and theory development in aging studies. In another line of inquiry, she is interested in examining the complex nexus of motherhood, sexual politics and the biomedical markets. Her work on aging has been funded by research grants from the United Nations Population Fund, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Centre for Gender Equity & Health (University of San Diego), Population Foundation of India and very recently, the University of Haifa (Israel).
In addition to research, she remains committed to student engagement and contributing to an emerging community of young researchers. In this role, she continues to mentor several Masters and doctoral students and serves on academic committees and curriculum development boards. Tannistha teaches a range of courses including introduction to sociology; globalization and social change; aging and society and an introductory course on medical anthropology.
With the publication of A&A‘s most recent issue (found here), Amy and Tannistha take the helm! As they describe their vision for the journal and its next steps,
Over the years, Anthropology & Aging has demonstrated a strong commitment to publishing research that examines the plural ways of aging across cultural contexts. As new editors, we intend to build on this commitment; in particular, we aim to highlight research by early-career scholars as well as researchers working in a range of international settings. Our vision is to make the journal contemporary, diverse, and inclusive of a variety of perspectives. For our upcoming issues, we welcome contributions that offer practice-oriented, theory-driven, and ethnographically rich perspectives on people’s experiences of aging and the life course.
We all can be a part of making that vision a reality. Please join us in welcoming them, and reach out to them with your ideas for manuscripts or other contributions for the journal!