This is a call for 2016 nominations for the 23rd annual SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America. The Prize will be awarded at the upcoming Minneapolis AAA Meeting.

The scope of the Prize is explained in the following statement adopted by SANA in 2002:

“The SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America is awarded to a senior anthropologist for broad-based contributions to research, teaching and service related to the development of critical studies of North America, including the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The award recognizes a distinguished long-term program of research and publication, and also takes into account contributions in other areas, such as teaching and training, SANA/AAA service, and community, activist, practice, or policy involvements outside academia.”

Nominators should send a (1) nomination letter of 1-2 pages, (2) copy of the candidate’s CV, and (3) any other supporting material, to: Julian Brash (

Deadline: October 10, 2016.

Final selection among nominees is by vote of the SANA Executive Board, upon recommendation by the SANA Nominations Committee.

SANA Nominations Committee:

Julian Brash (Chair)
Lynn Bolles
Courtney Lewis
Jeff Maskovsky
Maria Vesperi


Past SANA Prize recipients include these 27 individuals:

2015 Emily Martin

2014 Johnetta Cole

2013 Lee Baker

2012 Michael Blakey

2011 Ellen Lewin

2010  Catherine Lutz & Patricia Zavella

2009  Leo Chavez

2008  Jane Collins

2007  Lynn Stephen

2006  Karen Brodkin

2005  Micaela di Leonardo & Merrill Singer

2004  Faye V. Harrison

2003  Sandra Morgen

2002  Brett Williams

2001  Ida Susser

2000  Judith Granich Goode

1999  Roger Sanjek

1998  Anna Lou Dehavenon, Delmos Jones, & Jagna Scharff

1997  Leith Mullings

1996  Louise Lamphere & Carol Stack

1995  Renato Rosaldo

1994  Elliot Liebow


The Society for the Anthropology of North America announces the St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant for travel to the 2016 AAA conference, titled “Evidence, Accident, Discovery,” held from November 16th to the 20th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPT 30, 2016.

The committee will distribute up to four grants of $500 each.

To apply, submit your paper abstract, university affiliation, and contact information in the body of an email to by September 30, 2016. Please indicate whether you are in an M.A. or Ph.D. program. No additional materials are needed.

Applicants must be SANA members. The membership fee is only $10 for students – please see for instructions on how to join.

  • The student travel grant is awarded on a competitive basis and reviewed by a committee comprised of members from the SANA board. This travel grant is intended for currently enrolled graduate students without a PhD. Only students who are presenting papers at the conference will be considered for the grant.
  • A total of 4 awards will be made: 2 awards will be given to Ph.D. students; 2 awards will be given to M.A. students.
  • Papers should relate to the study of North America and – in keeping with the work of the grant’s namesake, St. Clair Drake – preferably consider the politics of everyday life in North America such as those pertaining to race, ethnicity, class, gender, and/or sexuality. Priority will be given to those that address Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
  • Preference will go to those students who have previously applied for the SANA travel grant and have not yet received one.
  • The total dollar amount allocated to travel grants is limited; therefore, the number and dollar amount of grants awarded depends on the number of applicants and their travel needs.
  • Travel grants will not be awarded to any individual two years in a row.
  • SANA is an intentionally inclusive community of anthropologists and encourages every student to apply for the St. Clair Drake grant regardless of society’s labels or anthropology’s disciplinary boundaries. However, applicants must be SANA members presenting at the 2016 AAA meeting.

 Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America

Duke University Press 2013
Duke University Press 2013

The Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America was awarded to Lynn Stephen & Collaborators, for the book We are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements (Duke 2013)

Two books were awarded honorable mentions:

Audra Simpson, for the book Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke 2014)

Kenneth MacLeish, for the book Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertaintly in a Military Community (Princeton 2013)