Travel Grants

St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant

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”

Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Travel Grant

In 2013, SANA introduced a new prize, the Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Travel Award. Building on SANA’s history of support for those whose work and/or identities places them outside the disciplinary mainstream, this prize provides support for conference travel for the rapidly increasing number of scholars who labor in positions outside the tenure-track system. This year’s award goes to David Flood for his paper “Fence Me In: Individualism, ‘PC Language,’ and the Generative Nature of Social Categorization in Working-Class Worlds”

 

About the Eleanor “Happy” Leacock Travel Grant
This grant honors Eleanor “Happy” Leacock’s outstanding career as an independent scholar and her labor as a semi-employed faculty member prior to securing full-time employment at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. In 1972, she was appointed Professor and Chair of Anthropology at City University of New York’s City College, where she was instrumental in rebuilding the department. Leacock simultaneously assumed her position at CUNY’s Graduate Faculty, training and inspiring a new generation of activist anthropologists.

Submissions should relate to the study of North America and, in keeping with Leacock’s contributions to feminist, urban, and activist anthropology, address issues of inequality based on gender, race, class, ethnicity, and/or sexuality. The first recipients of the award were Pem Buck (Elizabethtown Community and Technical College) and Christopher Carrico (Independent Scholar), who attended the spring 2013 SANA meetings in Durham, NC. Independent Scholar, Leni M. Silverstein, received the Leacock Award for travel to the 2013 AAA meetings in Chicago.

Additional guidelines:

Applicants must work as Independent Scholars, as faculty at community colleges, and/or in a contingent capacity for a college or university. This includes part-time instructors, adjunct instructors, and full-time, non-tenure-track instructors.

This 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 everyone eligible to apply for this grant regardless of society’s labels or anthropology’s disciplinary boundaries.However, applicants must be SANA members presenting at the current year’s AAA conference.

Since the SANA St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grant funds currently enrolled graduate students, they are ineligible for this grant, even if they meet the qualifications.

Travel grants will not be awarded to any individual more than once.

Preference will be given to those who have applied in the past and have not yet received a Leacock Award.

St. Clair Drake Student Travel Grants Awarded at the 2016 AAA Meetings

PhD Recipients: 

  • Jessica Katzenstein, Militarizing the Crisis: Effects of Military Equipment on U.S. Law Enforcement. Affiliation: Brown University
  • Rebecca Hasselbeck.  Off to the Races: Migrant Lives, Work, and Legal Status in the Horse Racing Industry. Affiliation: UC-Irvine

MA Recipients: 

  • 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

Who was St. Clair Drake?

Margot D. Weiss has written a biography on the pioneering social anthropologist and activist. Read it here.