UBC Anth Colloquia: Molly Malone

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Room 134    |  Anthropology & Sociology Building, 6303 NW Marine Drive

“Alternative Anthropologist”: Navigating a Path Beyond the Academy


In recent years, anthropology as a discipline has become more self-aware of the glaring contrast between aspirational norms of academic anthropology and the volatile realities of the job market (Platzer and Allison 2018), with graduate students and their mentors seeking guidance around “alternative academic” (or “alt-ac”) career preparation. This talk focuses on three themes that shaped Dr. Malone’s decision-making and strategy as she finished her PhD and contemplated her future: listening to Indigenous people on the Northwest Coast (and beyond) about their experiences with anthropologists and anthropology; the nature of academic precarity and the fight for contingent academic labour rights; and the desire to have children and balance work with family life.


Dr. Molly Malone received her PhD in sociocultural anthropology from UBC in 2014 and currently works for the Firelight Group–an Indigenous-owned consulting firm that provides research, policy, planning, mapping, negotiation, and advisory services–where she focuses primarily on Indigenous rights and title in Canada and the US.