Senior Book Prize


May 15, 2018



The Senior Book Prize is awarded bi-annually for a book by a senior scholar. The prize goes to a work that speaks to contemporary social issues with relevance beyond the discipline and beyond the academy.


Ethnographies and critical works in contemporary theory–single-authored or multi-authored but not edited collections–are eligible. The book should have been published in 2016 or 2017, and may not have been previously submitted for this prize.


Criteria may include: originality, rigor, and maturity of research; an innovative approach to ethnography; theoretical sophistication and depth; thematic prescience; and an enduring contribution to Anthropology and beyond.


The jury for the prize is chaired by an AES councilor, who selects two or three other scholars as jury members.


Letters of nomination must come from scholars; self-nominations are not invited.


Announcements regarding the deadlines and other specifics will be posted on this website, as well as through the Anthropology News “AES Section News” column and other e-mail and social media-based publicity.


Please send (1) a nomination letter; (2) a hard copy of the book; and (3) either a PDF or e-book to each of the AES Senior Prize judges by the May 15 deadline, to the addresses below. Books and letters of nomination must be received by the deadline for full consideration.

Jury Members:

Roberto Gonzalez (Chair)
Department of Anthropology
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0113

Anne Allison
Department of Cultural Anthropology
Duke University
230 Friedl Building, East Campus
Durham, NC 27708-0091

Tania Li
Department of Anthropology
University of Toronto
19 Russell St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2S2

Jacqueline Solway
69 Borden St.
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2M8