2019 SANA + SUNTA Spring Conference
May 2nd – 5th at the Caribe Hilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico

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SANA Statement on U.S. Immigration Practices

The Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA) condemns in the strongest possible terms recent actions taken against migrants by the current administration. In particular, we call for a permanent moratorium on the practice of separating children from parents on the U.S.-Mexico border, and we demand that children and their families be reunited and released from U.S. detention facilities into the U.S. interior. We further demand that the administration end criminalization of migrants, recognize asylum claims based on threats of gender-based and organized violence, and, in general, treat asylum seekers and all migrants with dignity, care, and respect. Moreover, we call on the administration to acknowledge and address long-standing U.S. policies that have contributed to the erosion of safety and stability in migrants’ home societies across Latin America and the world. As a society with members who have expertise on human mobility across the North American continent, as well as on state-sponsored violence against migrants and others who are socially and legally devalued, we emphatically reject the racist, xenophobic, and patriarchal ideologies and policies advanced by this administration and others before it. ​​

JANA: Journal of the Anthropology of North America

The peer-reviewed Journal for the Anthropology of North America (JANA) has launched in the spring of 2018. The inaugural issue features research articles, a book review, and two new sections: Come to Terms and Snapshot.

Find the first issue and links to each piece at:

Aims and Scope of JANA:

Journal for the Anthropology of North America (JANA) – formerly North American Dialogue – is the peer-reviewed publication of the Society for the Anthropology of North America. We publish research that fosters dialogue about North America and its far-reaching effects. JANA is a forum for North Americanist scholars, activists, and practitioners to disclose findings, raise issues, describe fieldwork, and offer political and theoretical analyses in a timely fashion.

JANA publishes two issues per year, in the spring and fall. Members of the Society for the Anthropology of North America receive JANA as a benefit of their membership. Please visit to learn about becoming a member.

2018 SANA Book Award Call for Nominations

The Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharf Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America is awarded every year for a single or multiple authored book (not edited collections). Nominated books need to have been published in 2017.  They should:

a.      deal with an important social issue within the discipline of anthropology;
b.      have broader implications for social change or justice; and
c.      be accessible beyond the discipline of anthropology.

Authors, publishers, or other scholars may nominate a book. Nominations must include a letter of nomination specifying how the book meets the criteria, a C.V. or bio-bibliography of the author, and three copies of the book. The nomination letter and C.V. may be sent by E-mail or postal service to each of the three committee members.  Ordinarily, publishers send hard copies of the book to each of the committee members, but the author may do so as well. Both nomination material and books must be received by August 1, 2018.

Contact information for Selection Committee:

Aimee Meredith Cox,, 515 Madison Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11221

Susan Falls,, 19 East 39th Street, Savannah, GA, 31401

Jeff Maskovsky,,  Ph.D. Program in Anthropology, The CUNY Graduate Center, Rm 6402-10, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016-4309

The Prize will be announced at the 2018 American Anthropological Association (AAA) meetings, Wednesday, November 14 – Sunday, November 18, San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, CA​.

SANA in Anthropology News

An Anthropology of North America for the World

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

There were many excellent nominations this year for the SANA Book award. The committee decided to share the award this year between two awardees.


 Honorable mention  goes to to Sarah Horton for They Leave their Kidneys in the Fields: Illness, Injury and Illegality among US workers (UC Press).

St. Clair Drake Award Winners 2017

Four St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grants were awarded to PhD students to support travel to the 2017 AAA Meeting. The student travel grant is awarded on a competitive basis and reviewed by a committee comprised of members from the SANA board. 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.

Kessie Alexandre, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University “Between Gray and Green: Telling Times of Decay and Resilience through Urban Greening”

Brieanne Berry, Ph.D. student, Anthropology & Environmental Policy Program, University of Maine                                                                                                                                                                “They Come From Away: On the Commoditization of Maine’s Discard Markets”

Sarah Molinari, PhD Student, Anthropology Program, CUNY Graduate Center                  “Contested Debt, Popular Protest and the Question of Sovereignty During Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis”

 Eva Weiss, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology,Temple University                      “Love Triangle: Migrants, Citizens and ICE Agents in an Era of Mass Deportation”

Yolanda Moses awarded 2017 SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America

Yolanda Moses was awarded the 2017 SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America. Inaugurated in 1994, the SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement recognizes scholars with a notable 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, or policy involvements outside academia. 

Anthropology News

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