Alisse Waterston is a cultural anthropologist who studies the human consequences of structural and systemic violence and inequality. She is Professor, Department of Anthropology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Alisse 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 is Editor of Open Anthropology, a bold new experiment in scholarly publishing unveiled by the American Anthropological Association (AAA). She is a Soros International Scholar affiliated with Tbilisi State University in Gender Studies. Alisse is President-elect of the American Anthropological Association, to serve as its Vice President (2014-2015) and President in 2016-2017.