Julian Steward Award

The Anthropology and the Environment Society of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) awards the Julian Steward Award biannually for the best monograph in environmental and ecological anthropology. The prize was awarded in 2013 to Erik Mueggler (University of Michigan) for his book The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet (Univ. of California Press).  This year’s prize will be awarded during the AAA annual meeting in Denver, CO. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2015. Entries must have been published within the last two years. For those interested in providing book entries for the 2015 Julian Steward Award please send one copy of the book (total of 3 copies) to each of the following members of the review committee:

Jeffrey C Johnson
Department of Anthropology
University of Florida
PO Box 117305
1112 Turlington Hall
Gainesville, FL  32611-7305

Michael R. Dove
Department of Anthropology
Yale University
134-136 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511-2189

Erik Mueggler
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Michigan
204-A West Hall, 1085 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107

If you need further information or have any questions please contact Jeffrey Johnson (johnsonje@ufl.edu).

2013 Julian Steward Award

Univ. of Michigan anthropologist Erik Mueggler awarded Julian Steward Prize 

The Anthropology & Environment Society has awarded its Julian Steward Prize to Erik Mueggler for his 2011 book The Paper Road: Archive and Experience in the Botanical Exploration of West China and Tibet (Univ. of California Press). Erik Mueggler is professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

The Julian Steward Prize is given only every second year to the most outstanding book in the arena of environmental anthropology.  The Anthropology & Environment Society is a major section of the American Anthropological Association.  The announcement was made in December at the annual convention by president Glenn Davis Stone.

The Prize committee commended Prof. Mueggler for his lyrical account of the journeys of two early twentieth-century botanists who explored the borderlands between China, Tibet and Burma, and their collaborative relationships with Yunnan villagers.   The book presents colonial science as an intimate, personal affair, and shows the effects of local knowledge.  The text beautifully infuses biography, ethnography, botany and geography with captivating tales of daring adventure.



Anthropology & Environment Society

Prof. Erik Mueggler’s website

Conflict of Interest Statement:

All A&E award committees follow NSF guidelines regarding potential conflict of interest between applicants and reviewers.

Past Julian Steward Award Winners

2011 Winner

The 2011 Julian Steward Award went to Michael R. Dove won the 2011 Julian Steward Award for The Banana Tree at the Gate: A History of Marginal Peoples and Global Markets in Borneo (Yale University Press, 2010).

The “Hikayat Banjar,” a native court chronicle from Borneo, characterizes the irresistibility of natural resource wealth to outsiders as “the banana tree at the gate.” Michael R. Dove employs this phrase as a root metaphor to frame the history of resource relations between the indigenous peoples of Borneo and the world system. In analyzing production and trade in forest products, pepper, and especially natural rubber, Dove shows that the involvement of Borneo’s native peoples in commodity production for global markets is ancient and highly successful and that processes of globalization began millennia ago. Dove’s analysis replaces the image of the isolated tropical forest community that needs to be helped into the global system with the reality of communities that have been so successful and competitive that they have had to fight political elites to keep from being forced out.

2009 Winner

The 2009 Julian Steward Award went to David Crawford, for his book entitled, Moroccan Households in the World Economy: Labor and Inequality in a Berber Village, published by Louisiana State University Press in 2008.

David Crawford
Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and International Studies
Fairfield University
North Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824

2008 Winner

No prize given.

2007 Winner

The fifth award went to Steven Lansing for his book, Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali (Princeton University press, 2006).

J. Stephen Lansing
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0030

2006 Winner

The fourth award was presented to Julie M. Cruikshank for her book, Do Glaciers Listen: Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters and Social Imagination (University of Washington press, 2005).

Julie M. Cruikshank
Department of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
6303 Northwest Marine Drive,
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z1

2005 Winner

Dr. J. Terrence McCabe won the third annual Julian Steward Award for his book Cattle Bring Us to Our Enemies: Turkana Ecology, Politics, and Raiding in a Disequilibrium System, published by the University of Michigan Press.

J. Terrence McCabe
Professor of Anthropology &
Professional Staff: Environment and Behavior Program
Institute of Behavioral Science
Univ. of Colorado, Boulder 80309

2004 Winner

The winner of the second Julian Steward Award was Dr. Paul Nadasdy’s Hunters and Bureaucrats: Power, Knowledge, and Aboriginal-State Relations in the Southwest Yukon, published by University of British Columbia Press.

Paul Nadasdy
Department of Anthropology and the American Indian Program
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

2003 Winner

The first award of $500 was  presented to Roberto González of San José State University for his book Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca (University of Texas Press, 2001) at the 2003 AAA meeting in Chicago.

Roberto González
Department of Anthropology
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José State University
San José, CA 95192-0113

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