Junior Scholar Award

The annual Junior Scholar Award of the Anthropology and Environment Society will be awarded each year at the Association’s annual meeting.

The award is for early-career scholars who are untenured and/or within five years of having obtained a Ph.D.  The purpose of this $250 award is to encourage talented junior scholars to continue working in the domain of anthropology and environment by recognizing their exemplary scholarship.  Judging will be based on refereed journal articles, which must be at least in galley or page-proof stage of publication.

We invite anthropologists and colleagues in other disciplines to nominate candidates for the award based on their knowledge of the field and the work of junior scholars. Authors are also invited to nominate one of their own articles.

Nominated articles should be sent to Jeffrey Johnson (johnsonje@ecu.edu), together with brief memos that nominate the author(s) and identify the key contributions and qualities of the nominated work.  The deadline is October 13, and the award is announced at the AAA Annual Meeting.

Conflict of Interest Statement: All AES award committees follow NSF guidelines regarding potential conflict of interest between applicants and reviewers.

2013 Junior Scholar Award (I)

The Anthropology & Environment Society has awarded its Junior Scholar Prize to Dr. Drew Gerkey, who recently joined the Department of Anthropology at Oregon State University.  The AES Junior Scholar prize is given annually to an early-career scholar for an exemplary article in the area of environmental anthropology.

Dr, Gerkey won for his 2013 article “Cooperation in Context: Public Goods Games and Post-Soviet Collectives in Kamchatka, Russia” which appeared in Current Anthropology 54(2):144-176.

This innovative article combines ethnographic research with economic experiments to investigate cooperation among salmon fishers and reindeer herders on the Kamchatka Peninsula.  His research uncovered connections between the abstract structure of economic games and naturally occurring contexts of cooperation in Kamchatka, illustrating how cultural norms, values, and institutions shape expectations and frame strategies for solving dilemmas inherent in cooperation.

Dr. Gerkey shared the 2013 Junior Scholar prize with Dr. Jessica Barnes of University of South Carolina.

2013 Junior Scholar Award (II)

Press Release: Univ. of South Carolina professor Jessica Barnes awarded Junior Scholar Prize for 2013

The Anthropology & Environment Society has awarded its Junior Scholar Prize to Dr. Jessica Barnes, Assistant Professor in USC’s Department of Geography.  The AES Junior Scholar prize is given annually to an early-career scholar for an exemplary article in the area of environmental anthropology.

Dr. Barnes won for her 2013 article “Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink: The false promise of virtual water,” which appeared in Critique of Anthropology 33(4) 371–389.  This article provides an insightful and timely examination of the concept of virtual water, which now plays an important role in as a tradable commodity in environmental management, and explores how key agro-environmental functions of water are being ignored.

Dr. Barnes shared the 2013 Junior Scholar prize with Dr. Drew Gerkey of Oregon State University.

Past Junior Scholar Award Winners

2012 Junior Scholar Award

The Anthropology & Environment Society awarded its Junior Scholar Prize to Univ. of British Columbia anthropologist Shaylih Muehlman for her 2012 article Rhizomes and Other Uncountables: The Malaise of Enumeration in Mexico’s Colorado River Delta, in American Ethnologist 39(2): 339‐353.

James Igoe, chair of the award committee, writes that “Rhizomes and Other Uncountables examines how pressures to measure and manage water in the along the Colorado Rivershed have led to the breaking up the system into countable components.  This has had significant material and symbolic consequences for residents of the Colorado River Delta as they deal with disappearing water, imminent extinctions, and loss of speakers of endangered languages.”

2011 Junior Scholar Award

Peter Rudiak-Gould (Oxford University) won the Junior Scholar award this year for his paper, “Promiscuous corroboration and climate change translation: A case study from the Marshall Islands” forthcoming in Global Environmental Change this year. We had nine nominations for the award this year.

2010 Winner

Colin West Domestic Transitions, Desiccation, Agricultural Intensification, and Livelihood Diversification among Rural Households on the Central Plateau, Burkina Faso. American Anthropologist. 111(3):275-288, 2009.

2009 Winner

Carlos Garcia-Quijano Managing Complexity: Ecological Knowledge and Success in Puerto Rican Small-Scale Fisheries. Human Organization 68(1):1-17.

2008 Winner

Molly Doane The Political Economy of the Ecological Native. American Anthropologist 109 (3): 452-462, 2007.

2007 Winner

Ken Bauer Common Property and Power: Insights from a Spatial Analysis of Historical and Contemporary Pasture Boundaries among Pastoralists in Central Tibet, Journal of Political Ecology, Vol. 13, 2006

2006 Winner

Genese Sodikoff Land and Languor: Ethical Imaginations of Work and Forest in Northeast Madagascar, History and Anthropology, Vol. 15, no. 4, December 2004

Paul Nadasdy Transcending the Debate over the Ecologically Noble Indian, Ethnohistory, Vol. 52, no. 2, Spring 2005

2004 Winner

Cori Hayden From market to market: Bioprospecting’s idioms of inclusion. American Ethnologist 30(3): 359-371, 2003.

Melissa Checker `We All Have Identity at the Table’: Negotiating Difference in a Southern African American Environmental Justice Network. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power 11(2):171-194, 2004.

2003 Winner

Hugh Raffles Local Theory: Nature and the Making of an Amazonian Place. Cultural Anthropology 14(3):323-60, 1999.

David McDermott Hughes Cadastral politics: the making of community-based resource management in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Development and Change 32(4):741-68, 2001.

2002 Winner

Michael Paolisso Blue Crab and Controversy on the Chesapeake Bay: A Cultural Model for Understanding Watermen’s Reasoning about Blue Crab Management. Human Organization 61(2):226-239, 2002.

Paige West Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations and the Nature of Ethnographic Inquiry. Social Analysis 45 (2):55-77, 2001.

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