Anthropology's Politics

Anna Jordan

Cover design for a book about the political and economic pressures that shape how U.S. scholars study and teach about the Middle East, and the tension between politics and academic research in this part of the world. We photographed a series of small typographic sculptures made out of cut paper and layered them with structured digital type to create a visual effect of letterforms that seem to expand and explode out of themselves. The final book cover centers around a multifaceted waterfall of type that flows through a more organized grid, representing the idea that the study of anthropology in the Middle East is shaped and affected by the chaotic political landscape. Published by Stanford University Press in 2015.

Anne Jordan
Mitch Goldstein