Sharon Stephens Prize


The June 1st 2021 deadline has now passed. Decisions will be made in time for the 2021 AAA meeting.



The Sharon Stephens Prize is awarded biennially for a junior scholar’s first book. 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 be a first monograph by a junior scholar, have been published in the last two years (copyright of 2019 or 2020), and may not have been previously submitted for this prize.


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


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


Announcements regarding the deadlines and other specifics will be posted on this website, and other email based and social media platforms.


Each member of the jury should receive (1) a copy of the nomination letter; (2) a hard copy of the book; and (3) either a PDF or e-book by the extended June 1, 2021 deadline, at their emails and addresses below. Books and letters of nomination must be received by the deadline for full consideration. Nominating scholars, authors and publishers, please contact Naveeda Khan ( if you have any questions regarding the submissions process.

Jury Members

Naveeda Khan (Chair)

Elizabeth Ferry

Sameena Mulla

Hoon Song