2016 Award Winners

Richard Bauman Honored for Exemplary Service to Anthropology

Richard BaumanAAA is pleased to announce the 2016 recipient of the Franz Boas Award for Exemplary Service to Anthropology is Richard Bauman. Bauman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Communication and Culture, and Folklore at Indiana University. Bauman’s work significantly reshaped linguistic anthropology to make it a stronger presence within the discipline and enhanced anthropology’s visibility in such disciplines as communication, media studies, folklore, history, linguistics, literary and performance studies.

Bauman served as president of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology (1991–1993); on the AAA’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Administrative Advisory Committee; on the Advisory Council of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research; and as president of the Semiotic Society of America. One of his most important contributions to the discipline has been as an exemplary mentor to graduate students and scholars at early stages of their careers.

Jason De León Receives 2016 Margaret Mead Award

Jason De LeonCongratulations to Jason De León, the 2016 recipient of the Margaret Mead Award for his scholarship, including the book, The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Sonoran Desert Migrant Trail.

The following quote from the nominators speaks to the intellectual quality, clarity and understandability and breadth of impact of De León’s work:

“Jason is a brilliant young anthropologist and a charismatic public intellectual. His new book is a tour de force that brings diverse anthropological methods, social science and humanities epistemologies, and bodies of scholarly theory to bear creatively and effectively on an urgent contemporary social problem and political tragedy.”

Jeremy Sabloff Honored for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology

Jeremy Arac SabloffJeremy Arac Sabloff is the 2016 recipient of the Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology.

The core of Sabloff’s work exemplifies a rare intellectual commitment to the balancing of science and humanism. His profound scholarly and ethical contributions to the study of the rise and fall of ancient Maya civilization, Mesoamerican urbanism, and new theoretical and methodological approaches, have made a lasting impact on anthropological archaeology in the Americas and beyond.

Shirley Fiske Receives 2016 Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology

Shirley FiskeShirley Fiske is this year’s recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology, which “offers an opportunity to honor exemplary anthropologists for outstanding recent achievements that have contributed to the development of anthropology as an applied science.”

Since graduating from Stanford in 1975, Fiske has put into practice, in her own words, “a strong belief in the practical and predictive value of the concept of culture and the explanatory value of anthropology.” Fiske served as chair of the AAA Task Force on Global Climate Change and her work will serve as a baseline for future anthropological work on climate change, as well as inspiring a new generation of anthropologists in the value of public service.

Seth Holmes Honored for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology

Seth HolmesSeth Holmes is this year’s recipient of the Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology for his book Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farm Workers in the United States.

Holmes writes a trenchant ethnography that offers new possibilities for an engaged, empathic anthropology. Holmes’ immersive ethnography of the Triqui migrant experience exemplifies excellence in anticipatory anthropology on multiple levels. Through an “embodied anthropology of migration,” he captures the courage and tenacity of forced migrants, who are often caught by border patrols and imprisoned, as was Holmes himself. Holmes urges ethical and pragmatic solidarity with Mexican farmworkers in the US, pointing to future possibilities for immigration reform and for sharing our world more equally.

Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology Goes to Bianca Williams

Bianca WilliamsThe AAA and Oxford University Press are pleased to announce the recipient of the AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology is Bianca Williams.

The courses Williams regularly offers are not only theoretically rigorous, but exciting and relevant to students’ lives. Williams details her approach to teaching in a recently published chapter submission entitled “Radical Honesty: Truth-telling as Pedagogy for Working through Shame in Academic Spaces.” Through her courses, students learn about more than the raced and gendered dynamics in US society—they learn about themselves, and their role in changing the world in which they exist.

Mark Schuller Receives 2016 Anthropology in Media Award

Mark SchullerAAA is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 Anthropology in Media Award is Mark Schuller. Since receiving his PhD in 2007, Schuller has become one of the most productive and dedicated scholars on the contemporary anthropological scene.

Schuller’s book, Killing with Kindness, is a study of how the conditions under which international aid is distributed to local NGOs in Haiti render that aid significantly less effective than it otherwise might be. Schuller also co-producer/co-director of the film, Poto Mitan: Haitian Women, Pillars of the Global Economy, in which five Haitian women tell their own stories and offer their own analyses of the ways in which globalization has served to worsen living conditions for the majority of the population. Along with the publication of scholarly articles, Schuller also maintains a blog about Haiti on the Huffington Post, which attracts a broad readership. Through the blog Schuller uses scholarship to shape the public’s understanding of contemporary issues of concern and critical significance.

Milena Melo Named AAA Fellow

Milena MeloThe American Anthropological Association and the Committee on Minority Affairs in Anthropology (CMIA) are pleased to announce the selection of Milena Melo as recipient of the 2016 AAA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. Melo is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Anthropology department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As a low-income, undocumented, female student of color, Melo is highly motivated to ensure the inclusion of voices and experiences of those who are unable to be present when policies are made. She is committed to conducting anthropological research that reduces barriers to healthcare, social inequality, and disenfranchisement faced by marginalized and minority populations in the United States.

“Given her focus on issues related to anthropology, healthcare and public policy, Milena Melo’s works will make a significant contribution to the field of anthropology,” said CMIA chair Raymond Codrington. “Her work is prescient, and exemplifies the type of efforts that the CMIA Dissertation Fellowship was established to support.”

Patricia Zavella Honored for Career Contributions to Gender Equity

Patricia ZavellaThe American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA) has honored Dr. Patricia Zavella (University of California, Santa Cruz) with the 2016 CoGEA Award in recognition of her sustained academic career devoted to the study of women’s work, gender discrimination and inequalities based on sex.

“The committee was particularly impressed by Dr. Zavella’s trail-breaking contributions to Chicana feminism,” said CoGEA chair Rebecca Galemba. “She has inspired current and future scholars, students, and activists to fight for social justice and combat interlocking forms of discrimination.”

Dr. Zavella’s research has earned her a high-ranking place among feminist scholars and especially among scholars of Chicano/Latino women.

2016 AAA Leadership Fellows Apply Anthropology to Today’s Pressing Issues

Julia Wignall, Courtney Kurlanska and Alisa Perkins have been named the 2016 American Anthropological Association (AAA) Leadership Fellows.

As a practicing anthropologist, Julia Wignall dedicates the majority of her time to improving the patient and family experience as the sole anthropologist working at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Wignall received her master’s in applied anthropology from California State University, Long Beach in 2013.

Courtney Kurlanska is a public anthropologist working to bridge the divide between research and practice. She completed her PhD research on the political economy of rural microfinance in Nicaragua in 2012 at the State University of New York, Albany. Kurlanska is particularly interested in the ways communities adapt to difficult economic conditions.

Alisa Perkins received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2012 and currently serves as assistant professor in comparative religion and global and international studies at Western Michigan University (WMU). Perkins’ ongoing research draws on theories of race, gender, cultural citizenship, and urban space to examine how Arab, South Asian, and African American Muslims in the Detroit metro area negotiate expressions of religious identity in public and political realms.

Anthropology and Environment Section

2016 Junior Scholar Awards (2 awardees)

  • Radhika Govindrajan, Assistant Professor, University of Washington. Radhika’s article, “Monkey Business: Macaque Translocation and the Politics of Belonging in India’s Central Himalayas” is published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (Volume 35, Number 2: 246-62).
  • Kristina Lyons, Assistant Professor, University of California Santa Cruz. Kristina’s article “Decomposition as Life Politics: Soils, Selva, and Small Farmers under the Gun of the U.S.- Colombia War on Drugs” is published in Cultural Anthropology (Volume 31, Number 1: 55-80)

Roy A. Rappaport Prize graduate student award was awarded to:

  • Amy Zhang, Yale University, “Reconfiguring the Black Soldier Fly for urban waste management in Guangzhou”

Archaeology Division

  • Gordon R. Willey Award, presented on Nov. 17, 2016 to Cathy Cameron (U CO, Boulder) for best archaeological journal article published in Am Anth:”How People Moved among Ancient Societies: Broadening the View”
  • Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecture, presented on Nov. 17, 2016 to Randall McGuire (U Binghamton), “Talking Dog’s Tale: Archaeology is Anthropology.”

Student Diversity Travel Awards (n=5), presented on Nov. 17, 2016 to the following students presenting papers at the AAA meeting:

  • Luisa Aebersold, (U Texas), Indigenous Plant Use as Analogues for Early Anthropogenic Change
  • Joseph Aguilar, (U Penn), Seeking Strength & Protection: Tewa Mobility during the Pueblo Revolt Period
  • Tiyas Bhattacharyya, (U Ill), Greeks, Gandhara, and Globalization
  • José Miguel Kanxoc, (Universidad de Oriente), Interdisciplinary Views of Gardens Produced through Ethnographic Research in Tahcabo, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Aja Marie Lans, (Syracuse U), Articulating and Dissecting George S. Huntington

Student Membership Awards (n=8), presented on Nov. 17, 2016 to the following students presenting papers at the AAA meeting:

  • Tiyas Bhattacharyya, (U Ill), Greeks, Gandhara, and Globalization
  • Lisa Bright, (Michigan State U), Bioarchaeological Evidence of Caregiving from a Historic-era County Hospital
  • Shaheen M. Christie, (U Wisc-Milwaukee), An Assessment of Non-local Individuals in Roman Britain
  • Maia Dedrick, (UNC-Chapel Hill), Interdisciplinary Views of Gardens Produced through Ethnographic Research in Tahcabo, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Jose Miguel Kanxoc Kumul, (Universidad de Oriente), Interdisciplinary Views of Gardens Produced through Ethnographic Research in Tahcabo, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Michael Spears, (U AZ), Participant in “Theory and Praxis in Decolonizing the Federal Historic Preservation Program”
  • Adam Sutherland, (U Ill), Recognizing De-Globalization in the Lower Illinois River Valley during the Woodland Period
  • Andrea Torvinen, (AZ State U), Integrating Ceramic Data through Metatypology

Association for Africanist Anthropology

  • Elliot P. Skinner Award: Best book with an African theme by a single author
    • James Ferguson, Give a Man a Fish: Reflections on the New Politics of Distribution, Duke University Press, 2015.
      Honorable mention: glass plaque
    • J. Lorand Matory, Stigma & Culture: Last-Place Anxiety in Black America, University of Chicago Press, 2015
      Honorable Mention: glass plaque
    • Richard Werbner, Divination’s Grasp: African Encounters with the Almost Said, Indiana University Press, 2015

Association for the Anthropology of Policy

Graduate student paper prize

  • Negar Razavi (Univ. of Pennsylvania) for “Off the Record and in the Loop: Excavating Power in the Washington Foreign Policy Establishment.”

Association of Black Anthropologists

Johnnetta B. Cole Student Travel Award

  • Angela Crumdy

ABA Legacy Awards

  • Yolanda Moses and Leith Mullings

Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists

Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Andrea Bolivar, Ph.D. Candidate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and a Chancellor’s Fellow at Washington University in Saint Louis. Andrea’s paper, “Ethnography and TransgenderLatinas Experiences in Sex Work in Chicago,” was selected as the ALLA Graduate Student Paper Award winner.
Honorable Mention
  • Tobin Hanson, Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oregon. Tobin’s paper, “Legal Citizenship and Social Belonging: Criminal Aliens and Deportation toMexico,” was awarded honorable mention for the ALLA Graduate Student Paper Award.

2014-2016 Book Award Prize

Book Award Winner
  • Roberto G. Gonzales. 2015. Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America. CA: University of California Press.
Book Award Honorable Mentions:
  • Gina M. Pérez. 2015. Citizen, Student, Soldier: Latina/o Youth, JROTC and the American Dream. NY: New York University Press.
  • Jason De León. 2015. The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. CA: University of California Press.

Distinguished Career Award

Patricia Zavella

Biological Anthropology Section

Distinguished Lecture

  • Karen Rosenberg, University of Delaware. Costly and Cute: Large, Helpless Infants and Human Evolution, November 17, 2016
    WW Howell’s Prize
  • Agustín Fuentes, University of Notre Dame, Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting Myths about Human Nature University of California Press, 2012

Council for Museum Anthropology

  • Award: Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology
    Recipient (exhibit): c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city
    Affiliations: The Museum of Vancouver, the Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Center, the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver.

The CMA awards committee chose the exhibit c̓əsnaʔəm: the city before the city, to be this year’s recipient of the Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology. The exhibit, spanning three different venues, represents an ambitious, multi-sited, truly collaborative effort that brings attention to the impacts of on-going acts of settler colonialism for Native and non-Native peoples alike. In 2012, members of the Musqueam community, Treaty Lands and Resource offices, public educators, and members of the museum community in British Columbia recognized an opportunity to innovatively address the past through an approach centered on current events in Vancouver. A vigil lasting 200 days, held by Musqueam community members and other First Nations peoples gathered at a burial site in downtown Vancouver and scheduled for development, prompted this collaborative exhibit.

The CMA awards committee was impressed with the ability of three entities, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), the Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Center (MCERC), and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) to coordinate such a creative exhibit and utilize innovative technologies that support and highlight Indigenous ways of sharing knowledge. For example, an interactive table allowed visitors to select replica archaeological objects and place them on the table, thereby activating options for visitors to listen to stories, songs, and view video clips shared by Indigenous community members and project collaborators.

Student Paper Prize

  • Valerie Giesen
    “At Least I’ve Done Something!’ Living with Integrity: Ethical Engagements in Israel/Palestine”

Distinguished Scholar Award

  • Suad Joseph

National Association for the Practice of Anthropology

Student Paper Prize Competition

  • 1st Place: Taapsi Ramchandani (Syracuse University), “Narratives of Development: An Anthropological Investigation into Narratives as a Source of Inquiry in Development Planning.”
  • 1st Runner-Up: Marion Tanis (Kennesaw State University), “Politically Curated: Locating Identity Construction in the Digital Sphere.”
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Josiah Johnston (University of North Texas), “The Environmental Anthropology of Homelessness: Toward a Theoretical Foundation.”

Volunteer Award

  • Tom Greaves (Bucknell University)

Emerging Leaders in Anthropology

  • Catherine Whittaker: University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science,
    In partnership with Archaeology Division: Charlotte Williams. Princeton University, Anthropology Department

Carrie Hunter-Tait Travel Award

  • Crystal Sheedy. University at Albany.
  • Benjamin Bridges. Elon University, Anthropology Department

Society for Cultural Anthropology

Society for East Asian Anthropology

  • Francis L. K. Hsu Book Prize: Jie Yang (Simon Fraser University) for Unknotting the Heart: Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in China.
  • David Plath Media Award: Aya Domenig (Independent) for “The Day the Sun Fell.”
  • Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Best Student Paper: Adam Liebman (U.C. Davis) for his paper entitled “Waste-Product Trading and Colloquial Urban Sociality in Kunming, China.” An honorable mention was awarded to Megan Steffen (Princeton) for her paper entitled “The Value of Emptiness: Zhengzhou’s Empty Houses and the PRC’s Housing Bubble.”

Society for Economic Anthropology

Harold K. Schneider Paper Prize, Graduate Winner

  • Sarah Kelman (UC Santa Cruz) “In Search of a ‘Culture of Entrepreneurship:’ Tales from Malaysia’s Startup Ecosystem” (paper)

Harold K. Schneider Paper Prize, Graduate Honorable Mention

  • Samantha King (UNC – Chapel Hill) “The Enduring Invisibility of Women’s Work: Engendering Contemporary Agarian Transition in the Rural Caribbean” (paper)

Harold K. Schneider Paper Prize, Undergraduate Winner

  • Mariel Kennedy (University of Notre Dame) “Bad Assets: A Study of Debt Collection in Pune, India” (paper)

Harold K. Schneider Paper Prize, Undergraduate Honorable Mention

  • Meagan Jones (Ohio State University) “Among and Beyond the Stalls: Hybrid Social Networks in the Westland Flea Market” (paper)

Halperin Award

  • Shelly Beisel (University of Georgia) – (Im)mobility in Northeast Brazil: Assessing Livelihood Strategies in the Age of Climate Change and Social Safety Net Policies (project)

Halperin Award

  • Hannah Marshall (Brown University) – ‘Economic Rehabilitation’: An Ethnographic Study of Vocational Training for Incarcerated Ugandan Women (project)

Halperin Award:

  • Ruth Dike (University of Kentucky) – Food, Space, and Labor: Moroccan Women Working in Souqs and Supermarkets (project)

Society for Humanistic Anthropology

Victor Turner Book Prize

  • Victor Turner Book Prize 1st Place, Anna Tsing, Mushroom at the End of World, Princeton, 2015
  • Victor Turner 2nd Place, Cristiana Giordano, Migrants in Translation: Caring and the Logics of Difference in Contemporary Italy, University of California Press, 2014
  • Victor Turner 3rd Place, Aimee Meredith Cox, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship, Duke, 2015
  • Victor Turner Hon. Mention, Gastón R. Gordillo, Rubble: The Afterlife of Destruction, Duke, 2014
  • Victor Turner Hon. Mention, Liisa H. Malkki, The Need to Help: The Domestic Arts of International Humanitarianism, Duke, 2015

Ethnographic Fiction/Creative Non-fiction prize

  • 1st Place: Katrina Daly Thompson, “Secrets of a Swahili Marriage”
  • 2nd place: Alexandra Vieux Frankel, “Waiting for Firat”
  • 3rd place: Xenia A. Cherkaev “How grades had been gotten for Penguins and Money”

Ethnographic Poetry Prize

  • 1st Prize: Eleanor Stanford, “Afterbirth,” “Dona França,” “Dona Bela, Midwife of Lençóis”
  • 2nd prize: Abigail Carl-Klassen, “Mennonite border crossing”
  • 3rd prize: Francesca Mezzenzana, “Sacha Muskuy” (Forest Dream)

Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

SLACA Book Prize

  • Jason De León, Affiliation: University of Michigan

Society for Linguistic Anthropology

SLA Undergraduate Essay Contest

  • Co-winners: Jack LaViolette (UPenn) for “Cyber-Metapragmatics and Alterity on reddit.com”; Alessandra Rosen (Hunter College) for “Yoga is Made for You: Meta-Voicing Yoga Brand and Type.”
  • Honorable mentions: Emily Corvi (Hunter College); Alice Frederick (Princeton U); Carla Nieves (University of Puerto Rico).

SLA Graduate Essay Contest

  • Co-winners: Molly Bloom (UCLA) for “Liminal Spaces, Titanium Braces: Narrating Possibilities of Re-Categorization in Relation to Wheelchairs”; Janet Connor (University of Chicago) for “Norwegian Qualia of Quiet and Noise as Heard through a Migrant Classroom.”
  • Honorable mentions: Crystal Sheedy (SUNY Albany); Nora Tyeklar (University of Texas at Albany).

Edward Sapir Book Prize

  • Stanton Wortham (Boston College) and Angela Reyes (Hunter College), co-authors. Discourse Analysis: Beyond the Speech Event.
    Award for Public Outreach and Community Service: (for work effectively impacting public awareness of social issues involving language and communication and represents significant service to a particular community outside of the academy): Ana Celia Zentella (UCSD).

Society for Medical Anthropology

Board Awards

Charles Hughes Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Elizabeth Lewis (University of Texas), “What’s in a Name? Undiagnosed in a Diagnostic Age”

Steven Polgar Professional Paper Prize

  • Mette Svendsen (University of Copenhagen), “Selective Reproduction: Social and Temporal Imaginaries for Negotiating the Value of Life in Human and Animal Neonates.”

Eileen Basker Memorial Prize

  • Joanna Kempner (Rutgers University), “Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health”

MASA Graduate Student Mentor Award

  • Charles L. Briggs (University of California, Berkeley)

The Career Achievement Award

  • Merrill Singer (University of Connecticut) AND Lenore Manderson (Monash University)

Board Travel Awards

  • Elsabe du Plessis (U Manitoba), “The Performativity of Quantitative Data Collection on a Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health and Nutrition Intervention in Eastern Kenya.”
  • Julie Johnson Searcy (Indiana), “Our Grandmothers Didn’t Have the Diseases We do – Prenatal Care, HIV testing, and Gender in South Africa.”
  • Anne Marie Montgomery (Columbia) “‘Let Sleeping Camels Lie’ – Negotiating Islam, HIV Risk, and Social Change in Morocco.”
  • Jessica Newman (Yale), “Producing ‘Problem Women’: Social Worker Frustrations in Single Mother and HIV/AIDS NGOs in Morocco.
  • Aidan Seale-Feldman (UCLA), “Transient, Accidental, Improvised: Psychosocial Care in Post-Disaster Nepal.”

SIG Awards

AIDS and Anthropology Research Group Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award

  • Janet McGrath, Case Western Reserve University, awarded to a living anthropologist in recognition of her or his exceptionally meritorious contributions to the improvement of the health of people infected with or at risk of infection with HIV.

Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Graduate Student Travel Grant

  • Lesly-Marie Buer, University of Kentucky, “’I’m Stuck’: Women’s Navigations of Social Networks and Prescription Drug Misuse in Central Appalachia”

Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Parsa Bastani, Brown University, “Thinking Beyond the State’s Risk Management Measures: Infrastructures of Care among Poor Drug Users in Tehran”

Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group Annual Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Philippa Fielding, University of Sussex, “A Discussion on the Psychiatrization of War Survivors in the ‘Developing’ World within the Context of an ‘Epidemic’ of ‘PTSD’”

Anthropology and Mental Health Interest Group Annual Professional Paper Prize

  • Whitney Duncan, University of Northern Colorado, “Transnational Disorders: Returned Migrants at Oaxaca’s Psychiatric Hospital”

Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Integrative Medicine Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Venera Khalikova, University of Pittsburg, “Rhetoric and Biopolitics of the “Homegrown” Medicine in India”

Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Integrative Medicine Group Graduate Student Travel Grant

  • Maja de Langen, University of Amsterdam, “Interactions with Persistent Pain: Knowing and Enacting the Painful Body.”

Council on Anthropology and Reproduction Most Notable Recent Collection (Book)

  • Silvia De Zordo, University of Barcelona, and Milena Marchesi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, “Reproduction and Biopolitics: Ethnographies of Governance, “Irrationality” and Resistance.”

Council on Anthropology and Reproduction Graduate Student Paper Award

  • Elyse Singer, Washington University in St. Louis, “From Reproductive Rights to Responsibilization: Fashioning the Liberal Subject in Mexico City’s New Public Abortion Program.”

Critical Anthropology of Global Health Study Group Rudolf Virchow Award

  • Graduate Award – Thando Malambo

Critical Anthropology of Global Health Study Group Rudolf Virchow Award: Undergraduate Award

  • Maggie Acosta, Bowdoin University

Disability Research Interest Group Travel Award (Emerging Scholars in the Anthropology of Disability)

  • Christine Sargent, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Zhiying Ma, University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

Dying and Bereavement Special Interest Group Graduate Student Paper Award, Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Osman Balkan, University of Pennsylvania, “Between Civil Society and the State: Bureaucratic Competence and Cultural Mediation among Muslim Undertakers in Berlin.”

Society for Psychological Anthropology

Lifetime Career Award

  • Richard Shweder, Professor, University of Chicago

Stirling Prize for Best Book in Psychological Anthropology

  • Julia Cassaniti, Asst. Professor, Washington State U, Living Buddhism: Mind, Self and Emotion in a Thai Community (2015, Cornell University Press) (awarded at SPA business meeting at AAA 2016)

Boyer Prize for Contributions to Psychoanalytic Anthropology

  • Aaron Denham, Senior Lecturer, Macquairie University, Sydney, Australia. For his paper: A Psychodynamic Phenomenology of Nankani Interpretive Divination and the Formation of Meaning. Ethos 43(2):109-134. 2015.

Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology

  • Amir Hampel, a doctoral candidate from the University of Chicago’s Department of Comparative Human Development, was selected to win the prize for his paper entitled “Equal Temperament: Autonomy and Identity in Chinese Public Speaking Clubs.” (awarded at SPA business meeting at AAA 2016)

Robert Lemelson Student Fellowships

  • Mirjam Holleman, University of Alabama, Constructing Cultural Models of Disability and Citizenship in Katowice, Poland. $4,500
  • Eva Melstrom, UCLA, An exploration of the lived experiences of diverse psychosocial economies of mental health care in Ethiopia. $6,000
  • Carolyn Merritt, UCLA, Discourses of Individual and Social Well-Being in Swedish Folk High Schools. $6,000
  • Sanja Miklin, Chicago. Suicide Nation?: Suicide meanings, resilience and coping scripts in Japan $6,000
  • Pablo Delaporte, Stanford, A comparative critical phenomenology of drug addiction among Mestizos in the Huallanga Valley, Peru. $5,500
  • Kathy Trang, Emory. Social suffering and idioms of distress among Vietnamese male sex workers. $4,800

International Early Career Scholar Travel Grant

  • Nicola D’Souza, McGill University, Mapping the body, voicing the margins: Inner-city youth and the embodiment of violence in Kingston, Jamaica, $1,650
  • Francesca Mezzenzana, College de France, Forest spirit encounters: perspectives on learning to perceive spirits in indigenous Amazonia, $2,077

Society for the Anthropological Sciences

Student Awards

H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prize

  • Nicole Henderson, University of Alabama — Medical Disease or Moral Defect? Stigma Attribution and Cultural Models of Addiction Causality

Society for Anthropological Sciences Student Travel Award

  • Margaret du Bray, Arizona State University — Anger and Sadness: Emotional Responses to Climate Change in Four Island Nations

Society for Anthropological Sciences Student Travel Award

  • Avery McNeece, University of Alabama — “Making a Bill”: How Ways of Speaking Impact Behavior in Healthcare Settings

Society for the Anthropology of Europe

SAE/Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Fellowship

  • Kieran Kelley, University of Chicago, “Living with Drugs in the Republic of Ireland” Presented at SAE Business Meeting (Minneapolis), 18 November 2016

William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology

  • Maple Razsa, Colby College, Bastards of Utopia: Living Radical Politics after Socialism

SAE Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Winner: Ognjen Kojanic, University of Pittsburgh, “Countering the Exclusion of the Working Class Through Worker­Ownership in Neoliberal Croatia” Presented at Café Europa (Minneapolis), 17 November 2016
  • Honorable Mention: Natasa Garic-Humphrey, University of California-San Diego, “Negotiating ‘True’ Politics: Intergenerational Dynamics During 2014 Social Uprising in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina”

Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition

Christine Wilson Award, Undergraduate Award

  • Cynthia Baur, Dickinson College, “An Analysis of the Local Food Movement in Carlisle, Pennsylvania”

Christine Wilson Award, Graduate Award

  • Imogen Bevan, University of Edinburgh, “Care is Meat and Tatties, Not Curry”

Society for the Anthropology of North America

SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America

  • Setha Low, (Affiliation, CUNY Graduate Center)

St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grants

PhD Recipients:

  • Jessica Katzenstein, Militarizing the Crisis: Effects of Military Equipment on U.S. Law Enforcement. Affiliation: Brown University
  • Rebecca Hasselbeck, Off to the Races: Migrant Lives, Work, and Legal Status in the Horse Racing Industry. Affiliation: UC-Irvine

MA Recipients:

  • Maja de Langen: Panel (Roundtable): Keywords for Imaging Studies in Medicine and Life Sciences. Affiliation: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Allison Taylor Stuewe: Invoking the Arab Muslim Terrorist Specter on the US-Mexico Border. Affiliation: University of Arizona

Society for the Anthropology of Religion

Clifford Geertz Book Prize

  • Saba Mahmood, University of California-Berkeley
    Project/Paper/Accomplishment: Book: Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Clifford Geertz Prize Honorable Mention

  • James B. Hoesterey, Emory University
    Project/Paper/Accomplishment: Rebranding Islam: Piety, Prosperity, and a Self-Help Guru. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Society for the Anthropology of Work

Eric R. Wolf Prize

  • Mary Beth Schmidt (University of Kentucky)

SAW book prize

  • Angela Steusse (University of South Florida) for the book, Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South

Conrad Arensberg Prize

  • Winner for life contributions to the anthropology of work is Gerald M Sider (City University of New York)

Diana Forsythe Prize

  • (co-sponsored by GAD/CASTAC and SAW) is Eben Kirksey (University of New South Wales) for the book, Emergent Ecologies.

Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology

Senior Scholar (shared):

  • Setha Low, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Nancy Foner, CUNY Hunter College

Leeds Book Prize

  • John F. Collins, CUNY Queens College for Revolt of the Saints: Memory and Redemption in the Twilight of Brazialian Democracy (Duke University Press, 2015)

Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Camille Frazier (UCLA) for “Rising Temperatures and the Visceral Temporality of Urban Development in India’s ‘Air-Conditioned’City.”

Undergraduate Student Paper Prize

  • Vanessa Koh (University of Pennsylvania) for “The (Im)Possibilities of Hope.”

City & Society, Best Published Paper of the Year

  • Clare Melhuish (University College London), Monica Degen (Brunel University) and Gillian Rose (The Open University) “’The Real Modernity that is Here’: Understanding the Role of Digital Visualisations in the Production of a New Imaginary at Msheireb Downtown, Doha.”

Society for Visual Anthropology

Lifetime achievement award

  • Paul Hockings


  • Democrats, dir. Camilla Nielsson


  • Women in Sink, dir. Iris Zaki


  • Ishaare: Gestures and Signs in Mumbai, dir. Annelies Kusters


  • I am Not Leaving Eldon, dir. Jessica Bollag