Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the Richard G. Condon Prize for the best student essay in psychological anthropology. The winner will be awarded $500 and one year’s free membership in the Society for Psychological Anthropology. The winning essay will be published in Ethos after working with the Editor for final preparation of the manuscript.

The prize is named for the late Richard G. Condon, whose work included the study of adolescence, family, and change among the Canadian Inuit. Psychological anthropology is defined broadly to include interrelationships among psychological, social and cultural phenomena. Essays will be judged on their relevance to psychological anthropology, organization and clarity, and their theoretical and methodological strengths. The winner will be recognized at the SPA Business Meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:

  1. Submitted papers must be emailed as a single Microsoft Word document to Dr. Harold Odden, SPA’s Secretary-Treasurer, at The deadline is August 1, 2015.
  2. Please provide the author’s name, mailing and email addresses, student affiliation (university and department), and the title of the paper in the email message to which the paper is attached.
  3. No evidence of the author’s identity may be provided in any way through the text or by reference in the paper.
  4. The author must be an undergraduate or graduate student at the time he or she submits the paper, but he or she need not be a current member of the Society for Psychological Anthropology. Please confirm your status as a student in the email and provide an estimated date of graduation.
  5. The submitted paper must not be published in any form, or currently under review for publication in any outlet in the U.S. or abroad.
  6. Papers must not exceed 9,000 words inclusive of all references, endnotes and acknowledgements.
  7. Papers must follow the American Anthropological Association style guide.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Harold Odden at

All award and selection committees abide by the SPA’s Conflict of Interest Statement and Recusal Policy.


Past Condon Prize Winners
2014Nofit Itzhak, "Making Selves and Meeting Others in Neo-Shamanic Healing"
2013Jing Xu, "Becoming a Moral Child amidst China's Moral Crisis"
2012Sara Lewis, "Trauma and the Making of Flexible Minds in the Tibetan Exile Community"
2011Saiba Varma, "The Silent Bio in Psychosocial: Counselors and Psychiatrists in Indian-administered Kashmir"
2010Sonya E. Pritzker, "The Part of Me that Wants to Grab: Embodied Experience and Living Translation in U.S. Chinese Medical Education"
2009 Kristin Yarris, "The pain of 'thinking too much': Dolor de cerebro and social hardship among rural Nicaraguan women"
2008no prize awarded
2007Sarah Henning David, "What's Not to Know? A Critique of Pascal Boyer's theory of religion through a reexamination of Emile Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life"
2006 Michael Baran, "Girl, you are not Morena"
Merav Shohet, "Narrating anorexia: 'Full' and 'struggling' genres of recovery"
2005no prize awarded
2004Julia Cassiniti, "Cultural Psychology of Buddhism in Thailand"
2003no prize awarded
2002Eileen Anderson-Fye, "Never Leave Yourself: Ethnopsychology as Mediator of Psychological Globalization among Belizean Schoolgirls"
2001Diana Smay, "Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD): The Disease of Ritual."
2000no prize awarded
1999 Chris McCollum, "The Cultural Patterning of Self Understanding: Evidence from Middle-Class Americans' Stories of Falling in Love."
1998no prize awarded
1997Keith McNeal, "Queens in America: An Exploration of Cultural Models, Gay Drag,and Gender Ambivalence"