Alisse Waterston is Professor, Department of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She is Editor of Open Anthropology, the public journal of the American Anthropological Association, set to launch in 2013. Professor Waterston is author of two ethnographies on urban poverty in the US (Love, Sorrow and Rage: Destitute Women in a Manhattan Residence, and Street Addicts in the Political Economy), and of the edited volumes An Anthropology of War: Views from the Frontline and Anthropology off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing (co-edited with Maria D. Vesperi). Alisse Waterston is currently a Soros International Scholar affiliated with Tbilisi State University in Gender Studies. She serves on the Executive Board, American Anthropological Association and chairs the Anthropological Communications Committee.