Browne Honored with Boas Award for Exemplary Service
Katherine E. Browne’s academic research and engaged anthropology have energized the fields of economic anthropology, disaster studies, and visual ethnography. She is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Colorado State University.
In her first book, Creole Economics: Caribbean Cunning under the French Flag (2004), Browne investigated the informal economy among Afro-Creole people in Martinique. Continuing her interest in the relationship between community and economic values, Browne shifted her research focus to New Orleans to address the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast. Her NSF-funded documentary film on this work, Still Waiting: Life after Katrina, was broadcast on more than 300 PBS stations and was followed by her 2015 monograph, Standing in the Need: Culture, Comfort and Coming Home After Katrina. Subsequently, Browne presented a co-authored document to a House committee considering senior appointments to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Browne’s research and engaged anthropology extend to the classroom. She has earned Colorado State University’s two most prestigious teaching awards and is widely praised by her students.
As president of the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA), Browne led others in reimagining the association. By joining the SEA with the AAA as a new section—and recreating the SEA’s online visual and publication presence—Browne built new audiences for the field.
With tireless compassion, Browne has pursued a rigorous anthropological understanding of the lives people make under vulnerable circumstances. She is a powerful model for what can happen when imagination and commitment inform the heart of anthropology.
Jennifer Mack Honored with SfAA/AAA Margaret Mead Award
Jennifer Mack’s The Construction of Equality (2017) is an innovative foray into urban design, architecture, and anthropology, combining meticulous archival research of nation-state building and modernization in Sweden and rich ethnography of the daily life of Syriac immigrants living in Södertälje on the periphery of Stockholm. Mack illustrates how design aesthetics and urban planning principles, housing size and style imagine an ethnically homogeneous “equality” framed by Swedish “values.” These are in sharp contrast to the styles and communities of the assyrier and syrianer, enacted through cultural associations and football clubs, Syriac Orthodox and other Christian churches, theatre, and the architecture of the homes of those who have realized economic success and of those who have not. In a compelling and beautifully written account, Mack weaves together cultural intimacy, migrant enclaves, and city planning, and in doing so she demonstrates how ordinary acts and everyday life resignify space and belonging.
At a moment when ideals of multiculturalism and diversity are rapidly being replaced in Europe and elsewhere by nationalist policies, state techniques of exclusion, and border security, Mack’s monograph is timely. Her account of urban planning, its execution through the settling of Syrians within a Swedish city, and its materialization of debates over migration, belonging, and identity, would have made Margaret Mead proud.
The Margaret Mead Award is awarded jointly by the Society for Applied Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association.
Crown Wins Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in the Field of American Archaeology
Patricia L. Crown is a Southwestern archaeologist whose work is as big picture, pioneering, and exemplary as that of A. V. Kidder. She earned her PhD from the University of Arizona in 1981 and is currently the Leslie Spier Distinguished Professor at the University of New Mexico and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Crown has studied the Hohokam, Mogollon, and Ancestral Pueblo peoples. Following her graduate work using ceramics to explore migration in the Southwest United States, Crown joined the staff of the Arizona State Museum’s Cultural Resources Management Division, where she was tasked with synthesizing the results of the Salt-Gila Project, the first “mega-project” in Arizona cultural resources management (CRM). Crown then engaged in the archaeology of the Chaco World and collaborated with Jim Judge to bring about a major comparative study of Chaco and Hohokam, Prehistoric Regional Systems in the American Southwest (1991). She followed this work with a synthesis of Salado Polychrome pottery that redefined the Salado phenomenon and helped transform 60 years of earlier interpretations of these ceramics and their producers. Crown’s work was pivotal in reintroducing the study of migration into archaeological interpretations of change and societal transformation in the Southwest/Northwest; it also has contributed broadly to many topics of anthropological significance (e.g., the origins and adoption of pottery containers, pottery specialization, women’s role in changing cuisine, and learning and apprenticeship).
Most recently, Crown, along with her co-director, W.H. Wills, conducted major work at the iconic site of Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon. Because of the preservation focus of the National Park Service, almost no research-based excavations had been conducted within the park or Chaco Canyon itself for decades.
AAA/Oxford University Press Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching of Anthropology Recipient
Laura Tubelle de González has been teaching anthropology for 19 years in San Diego, California, mostly at San Diego Miramar College. Through her cultural and biological anthropology courses, she’s learned that talking less and doing more in the classroom engages students in ways that makes anthropology relevant to their lived experience. Her emphasis is on inclusion, authenticity, and transformative learning. She loves a classroom filled with talking and laughter
González has an expansive whole-student focus, which compels her to advocate for students in other areas that support their retention and success. This has included building an organic garden (2010), helping create a campus food pantry (2012), initiating and running Safe Zones training workshops (2015), and starting the first campus LGBTQ+ cross-campus alliance (2017).
González seeks out fieldwork and travel opportunities when she can, especially for the enrichment of her classroom. In 2013, she took a sabbatical in Mumbai, India, to study modern, urban, arranged marriage, which translated into educational materials and an ethnographic-based card game for the classroom. In 2017, she spent three days trekking with the chimpanzees of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania, and uses her images and videos in class to illustrate primate behaviors.
Knowing that engagement in the field makes a more informed teacher, González served as president of the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges from 2011 to 2012 and counts many members among her mentors. She is co-author, with Bob Muckle, of the four-field textbook Through The Lens of Anthropology (2016) and serves on the editorial board of Perspectives: An Open Invitation to Cultural Anthropology, the first peer-reviewed, open access cultural anthropology textbook.
Gina Athena Ulysse Wins Anthropology in Media Award
This year, we honor Gina Athena Ulysse, who identifies as artist-anthropologist-activist, for her powerful and effective work communicating anthropological insights to a broad general public. Through her anthropological writings, blogs, talks, and her widely shared performance pieces, Ulysse has worked to expand her reach, presence, and impact to connect with as many people as possible, both within and beyond anthropology, academia, and the United States. She presents a breathtaking list of spoken word performances across the country and the world each year, including a recent commission for the British Museum. In addition, her passionate analyses of a range of global injustices spark lively public discussion on the platforms on which she publishes (regularly for Huffington Post, Ms., Tikkun, and occasionally for a number of other outlets). Ulysse’s work is also widely available via a TED talk and other videos of performances and interviews. Her books range from ethnographic monographs to the trailblazing Why Haiti Needs New Narratives (2015), which was published in three languages, to her recently published poetry collection, Because When God Is too Busy (2017). In all of these varied venues Ulysse uses anthropology and the insights it provides, in her words “engaging the visceral with the structural,” as a means to address and work towards dismantling the racism, sexism, and other structures of inequality that cause such harm and terror in the world.
Kaufman Receives Robert B. Textor and Family Prize for Excellence in Anticipatory Anthropology
Sharon Kaufman’s two books, Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line (2015) and …And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life (2005), probe how and why the structures, ethos, and organization of our health care bureaucracy, largely hidden from public view, determine the kinds of medical treatments patients receive. The books investigate the present and future impacts of health care delivery on practitioners, patients, families, and the American public. They describe the sociopolitical and institutional sources of current US health care practice—and the disquiet that accompanies that practice—and suggest policy choices for health care reform.
Ordinary Medicine traces the ethical underpinnings of the multi-billion dollar biomedical health care enterprise, from research funding for treatments to what gets reimbursed by Medicare to what is considered standard and why to what patients and doctors talk about, agonize over, and decide to do. By providing a map to the sociocultural sources of our health care dilemmas, Kaufman offers a way to renew the goals of medicine, so it can serve as a social good in the twenty-first century. …And a Time to Die has resonated across society for a decade as greater numbers of practitioners and health consumers seek reasons for why the “technological imperative,” with its “do everything” ethos even as death approaches, continues to have such a tenacious hold on medical practice. Both volumes are taught and read widely (including internationally) among physicians, nurses, other health professionals, and scholars in many disciplines. Both pay attention to what the future will look like: ever-older patients receiving high-tech treatments, many of which prolong dying; a growing burden of dilemmas for families; and higher economic cost. As works in anticipatory anthropology, they are part of the national dialogue paving the way for preferable futures for our medical and care delivery system.
AAA President’s Awards
AAA President Alex Barker honored five incredible people with President’s Awards in 2018:
Ben Orlove was honored for his scholarship and contributions to documenting Anthropogenic Climate Change.
Vesna Vucinic, Junji Koizumi, Faye Harrison, and Chandana Mathur were honored for helping to unite global anthropology under the World Anthropological Union.
Executive Director’s Awards
The American Anthropological Association is pleased to recognize two individuals with the Executive Director’s Award for innovative contributions to the field.
Chip Colwell, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, received an award for his creative, resourceful, and risk-taking work as founding editor-in-chief of SAPIENS, a digital magazine launched in 2016, and now a podcast series about the human world. SAPIENS is committed to bringing anthropology to a broad public audience. It explores thought-provoking ideas about being human including how we communicate with one another, why we behave kindly and badly, where and when we evolved, our laws, our ethics, our cities, the environment, and much, much more.
Robert Lemelson, Elemental Productions and University of California, Los Angeles, is recognized for his innovative ethnographic filmmaking and his philanthropy. Lemelson pushed the boundaries of sensory ethnography that is gorgeously affecting, with rich multimedia production values. And, with his generous support, he is committed to the rising generation of promising students and early career anthropologists.
2018 Minority Dissertation Fellowship Recipient
The Minority Dissertation Fellowship Committee is pleased to award Saira Mehmood with the 2018–2019 Minority Dissertation Fellowship. Mehmood’s doctoral work, which looks at mental health services available to medically underserved racially minoritized communities in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana, is needed research. Moreover, her work is situated in medical anthropology examining race and disease in the United States, which is critically important for the further development of the subfield.
Not only does Mehmood demonstrate intellectual rigor and present a clear argument that is grounded in anthropology, but her work extends to and engages with other fields of research. The methods she uses are innovative in the sense that they draw on interdisciplinary techniques, toolkits, and insights including anthropology, public health, public policy, and government. With a strong public anthropology bent, her work is positioned to potentially contribute important findings to the field of anthropology as well as public health and public policy. Mehmood demonstrates clear practical applications for her work that clearly illustrates the importance of stellar anthropological research to address social issues in context.
Gender Equity Award
M. Gabriela Torres, Dianna Shandy, and Kathryn Clancy are recognized for their leadership and service to the profession in developing policies and procedures for addressing issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault for the American Anthropological Association. This is a critical time in our nation’s history when these issues are front and center. Their hard work in developing the AAA’s Comprehensive Policy on Sexual Harassment and Assault should be recognized, and we are proud of what they have accomplished in MPAAC’s first year.
2018 Leadership Fellows
The AAA is thrilled to introduce the 2018 class of Leadership Fellows: Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Carla Pezzia, and Matthew Reilly. The AAA Leadership Fellows Program provides a unique opportunity for anthropologists early in their careers to learn about leadership opportunities within the Association. Mentors provide fellows with an in-depth “behind the scenes” look at AAA’s governance system, offering a clear sense of the range of opportunities for leadership service to the Association, as well as advice on making room for AAA service along with research, teaching, and other services to the community and profession. Fellows shadow their mentors at the AAA Annual Meeting in meetings of the Executive Board, Association Committees, and Section Committees. In addition, fellows are invited to attend the AAA Donors Reception and a Leadership Fellows Social bringing together past and present cohorts of fellows.
New Knowledge Organization, Ltd.
I lead media research at an interdisciplinary New York City-based think tank. I consider myself primarily a linguistic anthropologist, with a focus on various kinds of large-scale communication and theories of community and identity. I’m particularly interested in the role of mass media in inequality.
There is relatively little overlap between the communities of practicing anthropologists and linguistic anthropologists, at least at the AAA. As a Leadership Fellow, I hope to create more connections between these groups, advocate for the needs of practicing anthropologists, support more mentorship opportunities for linguistic anthropologists. I did not have access to a lot of resources when I was looking at careers outside the academy, and I’d like to help change that.
My ongoing professional service has been in outreach and mentorship, both mostly informal. I’m excited to take on this kind of service in a more structured way and become more involved with the AAA.
Human Sciences Center,
University of Dallas
I am a medical anthropologist with particular interests in mental health care among medically underserved populations, both in the United States and Latin America.
I have previously served in leadership roles for the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) and the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, which sparked my interest in serving in other capacities for both the SfAA and AAA.
As a Fellow, I would like to figure out where I may be of most service to AAA and its members. I would like to actively engage with leadership to address issues experienced by traditionally underrepresented groups in the profession and in the AAA membership.
I would also like to take the opportunity to learn more about the “business” of the Association to better understand my purpose in being a member as well as to better promote the Association and discipline to my students.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies, and International Studies
City College of New York
I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in race, class, colonialism, and capitalism in the Atlantic World. My two current research projects are based on the Caribbean island of Barbados and the West African nation of Liberia. My research interests also include the role that whiteness and white supremacy have played, and continue to play, in shaping archaeology.
Being a new faculty member at the City College of New York pushed me to apply for the program. The experience of coming to a public university with passionate and dedicated students and faculty and with limited resources, motivated me to seek opportunities to more effectively engage with a wider student base in underserved communities.
I am thrilled to be part of the Leadership Fellows Program. The past plays a crucial role in understanding our present and shaping our future, and it is my intention to work with the AAA to facilitate more substantive dialogue between archaeologists and cultural anthropologists with the shared goal of striving for social justice. I will work hard to encourage student involvement and participation in the AAA and strive to build an inclusive, public-facing association that affects change at all levels of society.
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Annual Book Prize
Annual Graduate Student Paper Prize
General Anthropology Division
Diana Forsyth Prize
Sara Ann Wylie
Exemplary Cross-Field Scholarship
New Directions Awards
C. Todd White, Individual
CASTAC/David Hakken Graduate Student Paper Prize
Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology
Anthony Leeds Award
Student Paper Prizes
Tzu-Chi Ou, Graduate Winner
Sarah Mahoney, Undergraduate Winner
Best Paper in City & Society
Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges
Student Award for Academic Excellence
Student Award for Creativity, Leadership, and Community Service
President’s Award for Contribution to Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology
Kelsie Aguilera, Lara Braff, Katie Nelson, and Beth Shook
Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology
Roseberry-Nash Graduate Student Paper Prize
SLACA Book Prize
Alex E. Chávez
Cultural and Agriculture
Netting Graduate Award
Society for Economic Anthropology
Megan Parker and Dawn Rivers
M. Estellie Smith Award
Schneider Student Paper Competition
Christina Cheung, Undergraduate Winner
Kelly McKowen, Graduate Winner
Society for the Anthropology Of Religion
Clifford Geertz Book Prize
N. Fadeke Castor
SAR Student Prize
Society for Linguistic Anthropology
SLA Undergraduate Essay Prize
Emily A. Ricker
SLA John Gumperz Graduate Student Paper Prize
SLA Interdisciplinary Public Engagement Award
Rusty Barrett, Jeremy Calder, Chantal Gratton, Jenny Davis, and Lal Zimman
SLA Award for Public Outreach and Community Service for 2018
Patty Jo Watson Distinguished Lecture
Charles R. Cobb
Gordon R. Willey Prize
Student Membership Awards
Annalisa Bolin, Kasey Diserens Morgan, Chandler Fitzsimmons, Laura Heath-Stout, Jade Robinson, Anne Sherfield, and Liam Wadsworth
Student Diversity Travel Grants
Nicole Smith and Aja M. Lans
Society for Cultural Anthropology
Gregory Bateson Prize
Cultural Horizons Prize
Association for the Anthropology Of Policy
Graduate Student Paper Prize
Middle East Section
MES Student Paper Award
MES Distinguished Scholar Award
Dr. Saba Mahmood
Society for the Anthropology Of Europe
William A. Douglass Prize in Europeanist Anthropology
Elif M. Babül
SAE-CES Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship
Graduate Student Paper Prize
Nina Dewi Horstmann
William A. Douglass Distinguished Lecture
Professor Loïc Wacquant
Society for East Asian Anthropology
Theodore C. Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper
Francis L.K. Hsu Book Prize
David Plath Media Award
Aaron Litvin and Ana Paula Kojima Hirano
Anthropology & Environment Society
Junior Scholar Award
Roy A. Rappaport Prize
Patrick F. Nason
Next Generation Award
Society for the Anthropology of Work
SAW Book Prize
Diana Forsythe Prize co-sponsored with GAD
Sara Ann Wylie
SAW Eric R. Wolf Prize
Juan Manuel Del Nido
Conrad Arensberg Prize
Society for Humanistic Anthropology
Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing
SHA Ethnographic Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Contest
SHA Ethnographic Poetry Contest
Society for Anthropological Sciences
H. Russell Bernard Student Paper Prizes
Erik Ringen and Amy Reinhardt
SAS Travel Awards
Sheina Lew-Levy, Summar Saad, Maria Lizette Rangel, and Nicole Henderson
Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition
Thomas Marchione Award
Christine Wilson Undergraduate Award
Jared Belsky and Mackenzie Nelsen
Christine Wilson Graduate Award
Association for Queer Anthropology
Ruth Benedict Prize
Kenneth W. Payne Prize
Career Achievement Award
Elizabeth Kennedy and Esther Newton
AQA Travel Grant
Fadhi Salam, Afshan Kamruden, and Christopher Baum
Central States Anthropological Society
Leslie White Award
CSAS Student Paper Competition
Oliver Shao, Graduate Winner
Alexander Norris, Undergraduate Winner
Society for Visual Anthropology
SVA Film & Media Festival Best Feature Film
“Heartbound,” directed by Sine Plambech
SVA Film & Media Festival Best Interactive Documentary
“The River Runs Red,” directed by Isabelle Carbonell
Jean Rouch Award
“The Impact,” Adreanna Rodríguez
SVA Film & Media Festival Best Short Film
“A Place in the Sun,” Christian Zipfel
SVA Film & Media Festival Best Student Film
“At the Crossroads,” Savyasachi Anju Prabir
Lifetime Achievement Award
Lila Abu Lughod
Society for Psychological Anthropology
Condon Prize for Best Student Paper in Psychological Anthropology
Zoe Berman, Mary Cook, Christos Panagiotopoulos, Rafaella Seymour, and Mengqing Shang
Biological Anthropology Section
W.W. Howells Book Award
BAS Distinguished Lecture
Barbara J. King
Association for Africanist Anthropology
Elliott P. Skinner Book Award
Bennetta Jules-Rosette Graduate Student Essay Award
Nancy “Penny” Schwartz Undergraduate Student Essay Award
Association for Feminist Anthropology
Senior Book Prize in Feminist Anthropology
Marisol de la Cadena
Sylvia Forman Student Paper Prizes
Maira Hayat, Graduate Winner
Allegra Wyatt, Undergraduate Winner
Zora Neale Hurston Travel Award Winners
Elisha Oliver and Symone Johnson
Society for Medical Anthropology
MASA Graduate Student Mentorship Award
Charles Hughes Graduate Student Paper Competition
Eileen Basker Memorial Prize
Career Achievement Award
AAA Meeting Student Travel Awards
McCall Bromelkamp, Chelsey Carter, Rebecca Henderson, Raphaelle Rabanes, Bonnie Ruder, and Feroz Ali Sadruddin
Contingent Faculty Travel Awards
Kasey Jernigan and Emily Metzner
AIDS and Anthropology Research Group Moher Downing Distinguished Service Award
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Integrative Medicine (IM) Special Interest Group Graduate Student Paper Prize
Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group Graduate Student Paper Prize
Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Study Group Graduate Student Travel Award
Richard Karl Deang
CAGH Rudolf Virchow Award
Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Professional Category
Elizabeth Roberts, Professional Category
Raphael Frankfurter, Graduate Student Category
Sabine Shaughnessy, Undergraduate Student Category
Dying and Bereavement Interest Group Paper Awards
Shannon Blanch, Emerging Scholar
Ji Yea Hong, Doctoral Student
Council on Anthropology and Reproduction Graduate Student Paper Prize
Council on Anthropology and Reproduction Book Award Prize for an Edited Volume
Jennifer Cole and Christian Groes
Council for Museum Anthropology
Council for Museum Anthropology Distinguished Service Award
Candace S. Greene
Michael M. Ames Award for Innovative Museum Anthropology
Suzanne Seriff and Marsha Bol
Council for Museum Anthropology Book Award
Margaret M. Bruchac
Council for Museum Anthropology Student Travel Awards
Elizabeth Derderian and Amanda Guzmán
National Association of Student Anthropologists
Carrie Hunter-Tate Award
Emerging Leaders in Anthropology Program
Evolutionary Anthropology Society
EAS Student Award
New Investigator Award
Helen Davis and Sean Prall
National Association for the Practice of Anthropology
Student Paper Prize Competition
Saira Akhtar Mehmood
American Ethnological Society
Senior Book Prize
David B. Edwards
Society for the Anthropology of North America
Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America
Maria D. Vesperi
Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Award
St. Clair Drake Award
Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists
ALLA Book Prize