The Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharf Memorial Prize for the Critical Study of North America is awarded every two years for a single or multiple authored book (not edited collections).  Nominated books need to be published in 2015 and 2016.  Books should be based on research about North America broadly conceived (The Arctic, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean). They should:

  • deal with an important social issue within the discipline of anthropology
  • have broader implications for social change or justice;  and
  • 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(s) 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 following committee members.  Ordinarily, publishers sent 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 MARCH 15, 2017.

Contact information for Selection Committee:

  • Louise  Lamphere, , Department of Anthropology, MSC01 1040, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. New Mexico 87131-0001
  • Jeff Maskovsky,,  Ph.D. Program in Anthropology, The CUNY Graduate Center, Rm 6402-10, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10016-4309
  • Lynn Stephen,, 316 Condon Hall, Department of
    Anthropology, University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403

The Prize will be announced at the AAA Meetings to be held in November 29-December 3rd, 2017 in Washington DC.

Setha Low awarded 2016 SANA Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America

Setha Low was awarded 2016 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. Dr. Low  – Professor of Environmental Psychology and Anthropology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York – has excelled in all of these areas.

SANA Board Nominations

The SANA nominations committee is accepting nominations for open positions on the SANA board (Treasurer, Secretary, Member-At-Large, Graduate Student Representative). Please contact Julian Brash ( for information.

Anthropology News

Materials for the SANA Section News in Anthropology News (AN) can be sent to Susan Falls (


St. Clair Drake Award Winners

Four St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grants were awarded to 2 MA and 2 PhD students to support travel to the 2016 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. However, applicants must be SANA members presenting at the 2016 AAA meeting.

MA Awardees
Maja de Langen:
Panel (Roundtable): Keywords for Imaging Studies in Medicine and Life Sciences
Affiliation: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Allison Taylor Stuewe:
Invoking the Arab Muslim Terrorist Specter on the US-Mexico Border
Affiliation: University of Arizona

Jessica Katzenstein:
Militarizing the Crisis: Effects of Military Equipment on U.S. Law Enforcement
Panel: The Security of Things
Affiliation: Brown University

Rebecca Hasselbeck:,
Off to the Races: Migrant Lives, Work, and Legal Status in the Horse Racing Industry
Panel: Legal Aporias and Migrant Lives
Affiliation: UC-Irvine


 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)