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This is the site of Dr. Alex Posecznick, anthropologist, university administrator, scholar, and author.

Some detailed and substantive reflections can be found on this blog, while occasional thoughts can be found on Twitter.

Selling Hope and College, an ethnography of college recruitment and precarity was  released by Cornell University Press in April 2017.  You can find updates and sneak-peaks into the book by following the Selling Hope Facebook Page.


An anthropologist by training, Alex Posecznick manages the master’s and doctoral program in Education, Culture, and Society, and the master’s program in International Education Development at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, where  he also serves as a member of the Associated Faculty. His professional expertise blends both a strong background in research and in academic policy and administration, providing him with a unique perspective on the culture of higher education and privilege.

He has published in Ethnography and EducationPolicy Futures in Education, and coedited a special issue of Learning and Teaching, which examines the relationship between the university, academics, and the state. He has reviewed publications in Policy Futures in Education, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Environmental Education Research, Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, Ethos: Jour2016_headshot01_bwnal for the Society of Psychological Anthropology, and American Anthropologist; as well as the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting. He was co-chair of the Council on Anthropology and Education’s committee on post-secondary education for a number of years and was named a CAE Presidential Fellow in 2013. Dr. Posecznick has presented numerous papers at such venues as the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting, Penn’s Ethnography in Education Research Forum, and Oxford’s Ethnography and Education Conference. He has also written for the popular anthropology blog Savage Minds. Recently, Dr. Posecznick has had a more active voice in the Ethnography in Education Research Forum, housed in GSE’s Center for Urban Ethnography.

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