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Squeaky Wheel Award Recipients

2003 - Sue Kent

The Squeaky Wheel Award is to be awarded posthumously this year to Susan Kent. Kent's research on foraging societies focused on both equalities and structural inequalities of all kinds, including gender. As an ethnoarchaeologist she was always aware of the nuances of differences between different classes of people. She organized a session on gender in African prehistory and edited a book from the session papers (Gender in African Prehistory) at a time when this topic was just beginning to become respectable. For many who contributed papers, it was a new topic and an exciting challenge to organize and consider data in a new way. Her service in AAA included membership in COSWA, to which she gave her usual devoted attention. Kent was a mentor to women students at many universities, not just Old Dominion University where she taught, and was always generous with her time, experience and advice. Her own personal network of anthropologists in all subfields was vast, and she helped connect students into it. The award will be presented at the COSWA session presentation on Children in Anthropological Studies and Mothers in Academia on Friday from 8:00-11:45 am at the Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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