Send your work to the nice people at Jeunesse!

It is often difficult to find just the right place to publish critical, interdisciplinary work in childhood studies. However, I am lucky enough to be one of the editors at Jeunesse, where we publish a wide variety of pieces from the humanities, social sciences and beyond, all focused on childhood and culture. Please consider sending us your work! You can also reach out to me directly if you have questions about Jeunesse as an outlet for your scholarly work. 

Call for proposals for new AEQ Editorial Team

Anthropology and Education Quarterly
Call for a new editor or editorial team

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) calls for proposals to provide editorial stewardship for its journal, Anthropology and Education Quarterly (AEQ) for a three-year term to begin on January 1, 2020 and conclude on December 31, 2022. AEQ is a peer-reviewed journal that draws on anthropological theories and methods to examine educational processes in and out of schools, in US and international contexts. Articles rely primarily on ethnographic research to address immediate problems of practice as well as broad theoretical questions. The fundamental responsibility of the new editor(s) will be to expertly guide the solicitation, peer review, selection, and publication of articles and special issues. The editor(s) will be expected to safeguard collegiality in the field and promote authors’ intellectual development and career progress by providing timely and constructive reviews, publication decisions and publication of accepted manuscripts. Responsibilities will also include promoting the journal, the field, and researchers by providing presentations, workshops and materials to potential authors at the American Anthropological Association meetings and other relevant professional meetings.

Proposal Considerations
A successful proposal will articulate: a clear vision for journal stewardship; highly qualified leadership grounded in educational anthropology; a plan for the timely processing, review, and publication of high quality manuscripts grounded in educational anthropology; an infrastructure that includes institutional support (e.g. physical space, finances, dedicated graduate assistants or other staffing); and special features such as a plan for mentorship of junior authors or graduate student reviewers and staff, outreach at conferences, or dynamic use of social media. Proposals will be assessed according to vision, organizational structure and financial infrastructure.
AEQ is a well-established journal, the flagship for Council on Anthropology and
Education, and the flagship for the educational anthropology generally. What will be the signature elements of you or your team’s journal stewardship? WIll there be a special emphasis on developing any specific aspect of journal content (e.g. field reflections, academic articles, book reviews, special issues) in any specific direction? What will be you or your team’s approach to promoting collegiality in the review process, mentorship of junior authors or enhancing the standing of the journal among educational researchers?
Organizational Structure:
Who will be on the team? What roles and responsibilities will be covered and by whom? What are the intellectual leaders’ and participants’ primary disciplinary inclinations? Beyond an editor (or editors) and a managing editor, roles may include but are not limited to associate editors, special issue editors, graduate assistants, or an active board of reviewers. CVs of key personnel should be appended to the proposal.
Financial Infrastructure:
Provide an annual budget, expectation of support from the Council on Anthropology and Education and a brief, clear budget narrative that includes a statement of direct and in-kind institutional support. Letters of institutional support should be appended to the proposal.

Contacts and Deadline

Potential applicants should contact CAE incoming President Peter Demerath ( with queries regarding the budget, the publication process in the context of our parent organization and publisher, or other aspects of AEQ’s operations.

Send proposals as a single PDF document to CAE Treasurer Eric Johnson ( and CAE incoming President Peter Demerath ( The proposal deadline is April 1, 2019.



Hi Folks! 

I promised you all not one but two separate NEW books this fall and I did NOT disappoint. The second edition of the one and only original SHANE is out! You can find out all the information here on the publisher website.

The first Shane book, which I published in 2007, was a labor of love and of learning, and I wrote it in graduate school, when I was a much better cartoonist and storyteller than I was an ethnographer. When I was approached to update the beloved classic edition, I had mixed feelings– on one level, it needed updating, but on another, it was an absolutely massive job that was intimidating as a scholar, artist, fieldworker and creative person who is– like so many creative people– so in love with my character and the world I have made for her. But, needs must when the devil drives and I sat down and got it done.

The new edition is fantastic and completely, totally new. Longer, better, sharper and updated for a new era of ethnographic learning and fieldwork, this volume shines. I honestly think it may be my finest work yet. I hope you all love it as much as the original. I think I do. If you want more details about what is different, what is the same, and what is brand spanking new, check out the website or peer squinting into the tiny screenshot below. 🙂  

Trauma, Memory, and Political Upheaval

I am so pleased to have work appearing in Christine Kray, Tamar Carroll and Hinda Mandell’s (Eds) powerful volume, Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election. This book, quite frankly, names names and pronounces swift and clean judgement on what was ultimately a spectacle that preceded the degradation of a democracy. I’ve written elsewhere about transgender children and children’s and families’ trauma under Trumpian faux populism, but this chapter represents a unique moment. I was inspired by the editors to offer searing, but scholarly, critique. The authors in this book are unafraid and I’m so pleased to be among them.

The editors write, “Anthropologist Sally Campbell Galman, in her ethnography of the parents of transgender children in chapter 20, found them employing ‘negative memory’ in the aftermath of the election, looking to historical referents, particularly 1930s Vienna, to reframe their family narratives from hopeful to traumatic. Concern over the rollback of transgender rights and persistence in advocacy for their children, Galman shows, led some parents to reframe activism as they ‘constructed the everyday as a form of protest'”(p. 17)

I wrote my chapter while the horrors of the Trump administration were unfolding, acknowledging then, as now, that we have yet to hit bottom and are certainly still falling. I put this work forward in hope, however, as the editors note in the final page of acknowledgements, “On April 4, 2018, as we write these final lines for the book, the nation is marking the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination. May we all strive to live up to the dream” (p. xvi).

Keep fighting the good fight, folks. We ain’t beat yet. 


Galman, S. C. (2018). This is Vienna: Parents of transgender children from pride to survival in the aftermath of the 2016 election. In C. Kray, H. Mandell & T. Carroll (Eds.), Nasty women and bad hombres: Historical reflections on the 2016 presidential election (pp. 276-290).  Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press.



Last year I had the pleasure of attending a Mermaid and Merculture themed conference in Copenhagen (!) with the Island Studies group. Not only was the conference itself fantastic, several of the papers came together as a beautiful theme issue of the journal Shima, in which I am so honored and delighted to be included. Link here to my paper, Enchanted Selves: Transgender Children’s Persistent use of Mermaid Imagery in Self-Portraiture

This is a fantastic interdisciplinary issue. Enjoy! 

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the bookstore…

When I said I was busier than ever over the last year, I was not kidding. While Naptime at the OK Corral was released a few weeks ago (and was the #1 new release in social science on Amazon…and promptly sold out not once but three times…) would you believe I have another new book coming to a bookstore near you in just a few weeks? Of course you wouldn’t– BUT ‘TIS TRUE.

This book is the second edition of the original Shane book that got the whole thing started, way back in 2007. And what a second edition it is. To be honest, there is so much new exciting material packed into its *doubled* pages that it is well and truly a new book.  It’s still the same Shane you all loved from a decade ago, but tricked out and updated for the challenges and joys of ethnographic practice in today’s fields. Stay tuned for the release this fall!  


The old cover just can’t compete.

all images © 2018 sally campbell galman


Author Q&A for The New Book

I am so excited to see the brand new book, Naptime at the OK Corral, out in print at long last. It looks amazing! When I opened the box of my author copies I was thrilled to see the beautiful job Routledge had done putting the piece together. Here’s the big box of goodness right here:

This book is probably my best and most exciting work yet, and you can learn even more about the book, as well as view a preview chapter, and learn my highly bizarre writing strategies in the author Q&A here:



Naptime at the OK Corral

That’s right, folks, after a bazillion hours at the drafting table and doing participant observation in doll corner, Shane is BACK in Naptime at the OK Corral: Shane’s Beginner’s Guide to Childhood Ethnography

The beloved heroine of students and faculty alike returns in this third volume of the acclaimed series, focusing on the basic how-to’s and foundations of ethnographic studies of children and childhoods. The book opens with Shane trying to land a post-doc working in a department of cultural anthropologists studying children and childhood. Rather predictably, Shane initially sees children as nothing more than small adults. But in this book she’ll be forced to reorient herself, yet again. As usual, she is aided by the spirits of the ancestors, of senior colleagues, of talking guinea pigs and gigantic head lice, and through it all by her esteemed guide, Billy the Literal Kid.

This illustrated guide will orient the reader to the fundamental challenges in doing ethnographic research with children. The book begins by briefly exploring the history of research on children, with children, for children and “by” children. Throughout, it is about doing research with children rather than on them, highlighting their participant rather than object nature.

Topics covered include:

  • Foundations of child development
  • Defining childhood
  • The history, essential theories and major works in the anthropology of childhood
  • Children’s culture and popular Kinderculture
  • Ethical concerns and IRBs
  • Foundations of naturalistic inquiry with children
  • Introduction to ethnographic methods with child participants, including detailed guidance in observation and interview methods
  • Practical guidelines for analyzing children’s artwork and other visual products
  • Addressing the complexities of adult researcher subjectivities and roles

This book is intended for the novice ethnographic researcher and student alike with learning at its core and is designed to encourage wider and deeper reading. It is a useful tool for teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate students in Education, Anthropology, Childhood Studies, Nursing, Communications, Media Studies, Art Education, and more, as well as an essential volume for any faculty bookshelf.

You can get your own copy here!

Nasty Women and Bad Hombres

I am so excited to be part of this new book coming from University of Rochester Press, edited by Christine Kray, Tamar Carroll and Hinda Mandell. My contribution, “This is Vienna: Parents of Transgender Children from Pride to Survival in the Aftermath of the 2016 Election,” addresses the experiences of transgender children and their families during the 2016 presidential campaign, and in the immediate, frightening aftermath.

You can pre-order using the discount code, above!