Condon Prize for Best Student Essay in Psychological Anthropology

The Society for Psychological Anthropology solicits entries for the 2013 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 2014 SPA Business Meeting in Washington DC.

Papers submitted for consideration must follow these guidelines:

  1. No evidence of the author’s identity may be provided in any way through the text or by reference in the paper.
  2. The author’s name, address, email, student affiliation, and the title of the paper must be provided in an email message to which the paper is attached, and the paper should only be identified by title – and not by author’s name – in the attachment.
  3. Authors must be students at the time of submitting the paper, but they need not be members of the Society for Psychological Anthropology.
  4. The paper must not be published, or currently under review for publication at the time of submission.
  5. Papers must not exceed 9,000 words inclusive of references.
  6. Papers must follow the American Anthropological Association style guide, available at:
  7. Papers must be emailed as a single Microsoft Word documents to Dr. Harold Odden, SPA’s Secretary-Treasurer, at by August 1, 2015.

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"