A variety of awards are available to submit to for the 2022 AAA Annual Meeting. Learn more by visiting the Section Awards and the AAA Awards pages on the AAA’s main webpage. Please note that these links will take you to an external site.

2023 Awards Winners


Dr. Ira E. Harrison Legacy Award

  • Cheryl Rodriguez
  • Irma Mclaurin

ABA Presidential Service Award

  • Jemima Pierre
  • Aisha Beliso-De Jesús
  • Mieka Brand Polanco
  • Karen G. Williams
  • Lee D. Baker


Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecturer

  • Sonya Atalay, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Gordon R. Willey Prize

  • Tsim D. Schneider, UC-Santa Cruz

Student Diversity Travel Grants

  • Tony J. Chamoun, Syracuse University
  • Cheng Liu, Emery University

Student Membership Award

  • Diane Slocum, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill


  • Winners to be announced


2023 AFA Career Award Winner

  • Lila Abu-Lughod

Michelle Rosaldo Book Prize Winner

Honorable Mention

Forman Award Winners

  • Gaia Guatri (undergrad winner)
  • Alison Hanson (grad winner)

Dissertation Award Winner

  • Caroline Hodge, Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania, for the project, “Bodies of Knowledge: Constructing Reproductive Bodies in Contraceptive Counseling after Dobbs”

Zora Neale Hurston Travel Award Winners

  • Shilpa Parthan Menon, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Illinois Chicago
    “Public Funds and Privatized Risk: Trans Reproductive Labor and Neoliberal Welfare in South India”
  • Noha Fikry, PhD Candidate, Anthropology, University of Toronto
    “Rooftop reciprocities: Extending kitchens & feeding wandering animals in Egypt”
  • Precious Adejumobi, Department of Anthropology, University of Oregon
    “Medicine on the Bus: Alternative Healthcare for Women on Transportation Routes in Lagos, Nigeria”


Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Essay Award

  • Winner: Lindsey Kaufman, Washington University in St. Louis: “Informal Bedside Care in Zambia: A Response to Colonial Economic Starvation and Hospital Understaffing”
  • Honorable Mention: Pristina Koon, University of Michigan: “The Language of Justice: Examining Socio-and Metalinguistic Factors of the Special Court for Sierra Leone”

Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Essay Award

  • Winner: Agathe Leborgne, Sciences Po and École du Louvre: “Water deities: Icons for the African-American diaspora? Interpretations and reuse of pan-African entities in Nona Faustine’s, Wangechi Mutu’s and Tabita Rezaire’s works”
  • Honorable Mention: Zoë Berman, University of Chicago: “Ubunyarwanda and the Evolution of Transitional Justice in Post-Genocide Rwanda”


AMHIG Graduate Student Paper Award

  • Brittany Franck, “On the Possibilities of Care in the Field: Methodological Reflections from Peer Research”


APLA Book Prize in Critical Anthropology

  • Winner: After Stories: Transnational Intimacies in Postwar El Salvador by Irina Carlota Silber
  • Honorable Mentions: In the Shadow of the Palms: More-Than-Human Becomings in West Papua by Sophie Chao and Translating Food Sovereignty: Cultivating Justice in an Age of Transnational Governance by Matthew Canfield


Ruth Benedict Book Prize Committee

  • Winner: Omar Kasmani for Queer Companions: Religion, Public Intimacy, and Saintly Affects in Pakistan (Duke, 2022)
  • Honorable Mention: Joseph Russo for Hard Luck and Heavy Rain: The Ecology of Stories in Southeast Texas (Duke, 2023)

AQA Distinguished Achievement Award

  • Dr. William Leap (Emeritus Professor, American University)

The Tale of a Suffocated Fish: Heteronormativity, Islamic Exegesis, and the Impossibility of Queer Possibilities

  • Febi R. Ramadhan
  • Doctoral Candidate
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Northwestern University


ARHE Policy Brief Professional Award

  • Dr. Magdalena Stawkowski,

ARHE Policy Brief Student Award

  • Taylor J. Arnold


Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award

  • Sam Dinger “Coordinating care and coercion: styles of sovereignty and the politics of humanitarian aid in Lebanon”


George and Louise Spindler Award

  • Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Carlos Montezuma Professor & Dean, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

CAE Outstanding Book Award

  • Brooke Schwartz Bocast, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Montana State University

CAE Outstanding Book Honorable Mention

  • Sally Wesley Bonet, Associate Professor of Educational Studies, Colgate University

CAE Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award

  • Amelia Simone Herbert, Assistant Professor of Education and Urban Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University

CAE Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award Honorable Mention

  • Molly Hamm-Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Social Foundations of Education, University of South Florida

CAE Douglas Foley Early Career Award

  • Jen Stacy, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies, California State University Dominguez Hills

CAE Concha Delgado Gaitán Presidential Fellows

  • Dr. Michelle Aguilera, Assistant Professor, Early Literacy Education, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Dr. Eulalia Gallegos, Postdoctoral Fellow, Chicanx History, University of Idaho
  • Dr. Molly Hamm-Rodríguez, Assistant Professor, Social Foundations, University of South Florida
  • Dr. Valeriya Minakova, Recent PhD Graduate, Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Griselda Solano, Two-Way, Emergent Bilingual Support Teacher/ Interventionist , Denton ISD

CAE Shirley Brice Heath New Scholar Awards

  • Keisha Wiel, Temple University
  • Andrea Vasquez, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Pamela Reyes Galgani, University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Fatima Raja, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Eulalia Gallegos Buitron, University of Idaho
  • Alejandra Sanmiguel-López, University of Texas at El Paso
  • Philip White, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Jonathan Marino, University of Wisconsin Madison


 Paper prize winner

  • Alyssa Basmajian, “Reproductive Gerrymandering, Bureaucratic Violence, and the Erosion of Abortion Access in the United States.”

Monograph prize winner

  • Claire Wendland, “Partial Stories: Maternal Death from Six Angles”

Monograph prize honorable mentions

  • Vania Smith-Oka
    Becoming Gods: Medical Training in Mexican Hospitals
  • Elyse Singer
    Lawful Sins: Abortion Rights and Reproductive Governance
  • Cecilia Van Hollen
    Cancer and the Kali Yuga: Gender, Inequality and Health in South India


Diana Forsythe Prize

  • Bettina Stoetzer’s Ruderal City: Ecologies of Migration, Race, and Urban Nature in Berlin (Duke UP 2022).

David Hakken Graduate Student Paper Prize:

  • Winner: “Compositing the Body: Ethics of Mediation Among Professional Photographic Retouchers;” Matthew Raj WebbNew York University
  • Honorable Mention: “Facing Blockchain’s Double Bind: Trustless Technologies and “IRL Friends” in Berlin’s NFT Community;” Spencer Kaplan, Yale University


Emerging Scholar Award

  • Katrina Fuller, “Care is a Pendulum: Deathcare Practices in New York City at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”


Exemplary Cross-Fields Scholarship Prize

  • Winners: Jessica Hendy, Matthäus Rest, Mark Aldenderfer, and Christina Warinner, article in Current Anthropology, “Cultures of Fermentation.”
  • Honorable Mention: Jelena Golubović, Kathleen Ingls, and Cheyanne Connell, article in American Ethnologist, “Gendered disruptions in academic publishing during COVID-19.”

New Directions Prize (Individual):

  • Xenia Cherkaev

New Directions Prize (Group):


MES Book Award

  • Winner: Nomi StonePinelandia: An Anthropology and Field Poetics of War and Empire

MES Student Paper Prize

  • Winner: Hazal Aydın“Open Body, Theatrical Intimacy and Sexual Harassment: Understanding Gendered Embodiments Through Turkey’s Theatre Industry.”
  • Honorable mention: Tony J. Chamoun, “Violent Histories in a Diasporic Register: Between Bodily Durabilities, Sacrificial Others, and Racialized Strangers”

2023 Photography Prize

  • Winner: Çağla Ay
  • Honorable Mentions: Peter Habib, Rita Reis


NAPA Volunteer of the Year

  • Reshama Damle

NAPA Undergraduate Student Paper Award

  • Sara Gace

NAPA Graduate Student Paper Award

  • Justin Lee Haruyama


RUSH Student Paper Prize

  • Winner: Alyssa Basmajian, “Reproductive Gerrymandering, Bureaucratic Violence, and the Erosion of Abortion Access in the United States.”
  • Honorable Mention: Yuki X. Chen, BA student at The City University of New York for paper, “Beyond Colorblind Medicine: A Case for Medical Anthropology”


SAE’s Douglass Book Prize 2023

  • Robert Desjarlais and Khalil Habrih, “Traces of Violence: Writings on the Disaster in Paris, France”
  • Bettina Stoetzer, “Ruderal City: Ecologies of Migration, Race and Urban Nature in Berlin”


Inaugural Future of Food Anthropology Fellows

  • Dr. Vanessa Casteñeda is Assistant Professor of Afro-Latin American Studies at Davidson College
  • Carolyn Mason is a PhD student in Medical Anthropology at Southern Methodist University

Christine Wilson Awards

  • The graduate paper winner is Amanda Kaminsky, University of Michigan, with “Artisanal Slaughter: The Challenges of Goat Meat in Vermont”
  • The undergraduate paper winner is Hunter McKenzie Calvert, Oregon State, with “Relationships as Infrastructure: Understanding student food insecurity and motivating OSU community solutions”

Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award

  • The Thomas Marchione Food-as-a-Human-Right Student Award winner is Erica Zurawski, the University of California Santa Cruz, with her project titled “Spatial Food Justice: Policy Mobilities of the ‘Food Desert’ Concept and the Socio-Legal Production of Inequitable Food Landscapes”

SAFN Student Research Award

  • Winner to be announced


2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Winner: Dr. Lynn Bolles


Conrad M. Arensberg Award

  • Winner: Harsha Walia

SAW Book Award


  • Laboring for Justice: The Fight Against Wage Theft in an American City by Rebecca Berke Galemba
  • The Eyes of the World by James H. Smith

Honorable mention: 

  • A Man Among Other Men: The Crisis of Black Masculinity in Racial Capitalism by Jordanna Matlon

Eric R. Wolf Prize


  • “Who Made Mead? The Native Research Assistant as Intellectual” Amrina Rosyada, Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University

Honorable mention:

  • “Working When Time Allows: The Value of Artisanal Work in the Chiapas Highlands” Rachel Barber, Doctoral student in the Social Sciences program at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • “Motherland and Mother Earth: Indo-Fijian Claims to Belonging Through Agricultural Labor and ‘Hard Work'”Ipsita Dey, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Princeton University

SCA Business Meeting

Gregory Bateson Book Prize

  • Jafari Allen, Darren Byler, and Maya Mikdashi

Cultural Horizons Prize

  • Ruth Elizabeth Goldstein


  • Christopher Krupa of the University of Toronto for A Feast of Flowers: Race, Labor, and Postcolonial Capitalism, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2022).


Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize

  • Heather Anne SwansonSpawning Modern Fish: Transnational Comparison in the Making of Japanese Salmon. (University of Washington Press, 2022)


Victor Turner Prize

  • 1st Prize: Alan Mikhail, My Egypt Archive, Yale University Press
  • 2nd Prize: Naveeda Khan, River Life and the Uprising of Nature, Duke University Press
  • 3rd Prize: Michael Jackson, The Genealogical Imagination: Two Studies of Life over Time, Duke University Press
  • Honorable Mention: Levi Vonk with Alex Kirschner, Border Hacker: A Tale of Treachery, Trafficking, and Two Friends on the Run, Bold Type Books

Edie Turner Prize

  • Munira Khayyat, A Landscape of War: Ecologies of Resistance and Survival in South Lebanon, University of California Press
  • Joseph C. Russo, Hard Luck and Heavy Rain: The Ecology of Stories in Southeast Texas, Duke University Press
  • Bharat Jayram Venkat, At the Limits of Cure, Duke University Press

SHA Ethnographic Poetry Competition

  • 1st place: Two Row Repair II & III (two poems) – DEBRA VIDALI
  • 2nd place: Cootie Catcher (single poem) – YIXUAN WANG
  • 3rd place: Two Lovers, God, and Everything in Between (single multi-part poem) – FEBI RAMADHAN
  • Highly Commended: Anti-trauma (set of three poems) – SUSAN HARIS


Graduate Student Paper Prize

  • Alex Rewegan, “Cannabinoids in the (Reproductive) System: Historicizing the Sciences of Cannabis and Pregnancy.

Graduate Student Travel Award

  • Sugandh Gupta, “‘The Goddess will take care of me’: Competing Faiths of Drug recovery in Jammu and Kashmir, India.”


The New Voices Book Prize


  • Piers Kelly, The Last Language on Earth: Linguistic Utopianism in the Philippines (2022, Oxford University Press)
  • Scott MacLochlainn, for The Copy Generic: How the Nonspecific Makes Our Social Worlds (2022, University of Chicago Press)

Honorable Mention

  • Xochitl Marsilli-Vargas, Genres of Listening: An Ethnography of Psychoanalysis in Buenos Aires (2022, Duke University Press)

Gumperz Graduate Essay Prize


  • Timothy Y. Loh
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Faculty advisor: Stefan Helmreich
    Title of paper: al-lugha al-’umm/‘arabi mukassar: Competing discourses about Jordanian Sign Language (LIU) in Amman
  • Jiarui Sun
    University of Chicago
    Faculty advisor: Constantine Nakassis
    Title of paper: Digital Rituals in Danmu: The Enregisterment of Online Nationalism in China

Runners up

  • Katherine Arnold-Murray
    University of Colorado, Boulder
    Faculty advisor: Kira Hall
    Title of paper: Settle for Biden: The scalar production of a normative presidential candidate on Instagram
  • Sarah Rosenau
    University of Pittsburght [sp?] (formerly University of CO, Boulder)
    Faculty advisor: Scott Kiesling (formerly Kira Hall)
    Title of paper: Appropriating Appropriation: Mock Koreaboo

SLA Undergraduate Paper Prize

Senior Thesis winner

  • Allyson Emmett
    Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame
    Faculty advisor: Nell Haynes
    Name of paper: Gender & Linguistic Change: Perceptions of English Influencing Changes in Spanish in the U.S.

Course paper winner

  • Joelle Jackson
    Indiana University (Bloomington)
    Faculty advisor: Kathryn Graber
    Name of paper: (Re)animating Treasured Texts: Volunteers’ Visibility and Voice in Participatory Archival Transcription

Honorable mentions in both categories

  • JS Brown
    Appalachian State University
    Faculty advisor: Mary-Caitlin Valentinsson
    Name of paper: Cultivating Time and Space in Digital Advertising and Corporate Branding
  • Thayer H. Ackerman
    Appalachian State University
    Faculty Advisor: Mary-Caitlin Valentinsson
    Name of paper: The Chronotopes of Columbia


New Millennium Book Award

  • Helena Hansen, Jules Netherland, and David Herzberg, “Whiteout: How Racial Capitalism Changed the Color of Opioids in America”

Eileen Basker Memorial Prize

  • Natali Valdez“Weighing the Future: Race Science and Pregnancy Trials in the Postgenomic Era”

The Leah M. Ashe Prize for the Anthropology of Medically–Induced Harm

  • Katinka Hooyer, “The trauma pitch: how stigma emerges for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking disability compensation”

The Steven Polgar Professional Paper Competition

  • Aalyia Feroz Ali Sadruddin, “Death in an Ordinary Time: Reflections from Rwanda.”

Hazel Weidman Award for Exemplary Service

  • Marcia Inhorn

SMA Dissertation Award

  • Paula Martin, “Practicing Gender: The Meanings and Uses of Gender Affirming Care for Youth in the United States.”

Rivers Paper Prize

  • Sumin Yoon, “Gifted Care: Reconfiguring HIV/AIDS Caregiving in the Post-Treatment Era.”

Carole H. Browner Graduate Student Mentorship Award

  • Jennifer Hirsch

Carole H. Browner Undergraduate Student Mentorship Award

  • Bharat Jayram Venkat

Contingent Faculty Travel Award

  • Sachin Ghimire, “Social sufferings across the Nepal-India border; Fortification and marginality in the mist of COVID-19.”
  • Tanya Ahlin,”Transnational Care Collectives: Digital technologies in remote elder care”


Stirling Prize

  • Merav Shohet, for Silence and Sacrifice: Family Stories of Care and the Limits of Love in Vietnam (first book)
  • Chikako Ozawa-de Silva, for The Anatomy of Loneliness: Suicide, Connection, and the Search for Relational Meaning in Contemporary Japan (established author)

Boyer Prize

  • BOOK: Jeannette Mageo The Mimetic Nature of Dream Mentation: American Selves in Re-formation and
  • ARTICLE: Katherine Mason “Blenders, Hammers, and Knives: Postpartum Intrusive Thoughts and Unthinkable Motherhood,” published in Anthropology and Humanism in March 2022

Condon Prize

  • Pablo Seward Delaporte “‘Life Started Hitting her Like This, This, This’: Vulnerability, Relationality, and the Making of Hard Corporeal Selves”

Lifetime Achievement awards

  • Thomas Csordas
  • Tanya Luhrmann

Weaver-Tremblay Award / Prix Weaver-Tremblay

  • Dr. Colin Scott: Professor of Anthropology, McGill University

Richard F. Salisbury Award / Prix Richard F. Salisbury

  • Allie Miot-Bruneau (Doctoral Student / Doctorante, Université Laval)

Labrecque-Lee Book Prize / Prix Labrecque-Lee

  • Winner: Sonorous Worlds: Musical Enchantment in Venezuela by Yana Stainova, Assistant Professor at McMaster University (University of Michigan Press)
  • Honourable Mention: What Was Said to Me: The Life of Sti’tum’atul’wut, a Cowichan Woman by Ruby Peter with Helene Demers, Professor of Anthropology at Victoria Island University (Royal BC Museum)

CASCA Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE) / Prix d’excellence en enseignement de la CASCA:

  • Instructor Category: Dr. Karl Schmid, Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, York University
  • Faculty Category: Dr. Liesl Gambold, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University

Presentation of the Fellows of the Canadian Anthropology Society, 2023 / Présentation des membres émérites de la Société canadienne d’anthropologie, 2023:

  • Dr. Michael Lambek: Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto-Scarborough
  • Dr. Susan Vincent: Professor of Anthropology, St Francis Xavier University

Outstanding Graduating Anthropology Student Awards/Prix du meilleur étudiant en anthropologie diplômé:

Bachelor’s Award

  • Grayson Thate, Athabasca University
  • Cassandra Sundin, Saint Mary’s University
  • Devin Kyle, University of Saskatchewan
  • Althea Pilapil, Dalhousie University
  • Gabriel Jamieson, Simon Fraser University
  • Paige Leslie, University of Victoria
  • Makenna Mestinsek, Saint Francis Xavier University
  • Sonya Prasad, University of British Columbia
  • Pengpeng Chen, University of British Columbia
  • Alex DiGiovannantonio, Mount Royal University
  • Alyanna Denise Chua, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Leann Ling, University of Toronto Mississauga
  • Iakoiewáhtha Patton, University of Toronto St. George
  • Paula Rodrigo, Carleton University
  • Mercedes Admiraal-Gassman, University of British Columbia – Okanagan

Master’s Awards

  • Jenny Reich, Dalhousie University
  • Jessica Jack, University of Saskatchewan
  • Jennifer Argan, University of Victoria
  • Sofia Champion, University of Toronto
  • Emma Jing Li, University of British Columbia
  • Sonya Gray, Carleton University
  • Madelaine Lekei, University of British Columbia – Okanagan

PhD Awards

  • Bryce Anderson, Dalhousie University
  • George Mantzios, University of Toronto
  • Cassandre Campeau-Bouthillier, University of Victoria
  • Patrick Morgan Ritchie, University of British Columbia
  • Justin Raycraft, McGill University
  • Kirsten Francescone, Carleton University
  • Anne-Marie Rouillier, Université Laval

Medical Anthropology Network to CASCA: 2023 Best Paper Prize / Prix du meilleur article du Réseau de l’anthropologie médicale de la CASCA en 2023:

  • Andrée-Ann Métivier, Doctoral Student, Laval University

To be determined:

LingAnthLing Graduate Student Award/Prix LingAnthLing pour les étudiants diplômés

CASCA Women’s Network Award for Student Paper in Feminist Anthropology/Prix du réseau des femmes de la CASCA pour un article d’étudiant en anthropologie féministe

Women’s Network’s Lifetime Achievement/Réseau des femmes pour l’accomplissement de la vie