Sharon Stephens Prize


The next competition is in 2020. Details TBA.



The Sharon Stephens Prize is awarded biennially for a junior scholar’s first book. The prize goes to a work that speaks to contemporary social issues with relevance beyond the discipline and beyond the academy.


Ethnographies and critical works in contemporary theory–single-authored or multi-authored but not edited collections–are eligible. The book should be the first monograph by a junior scholar, have been published in the last two years (copyright of 2017 or 2018), and may not have been previously submitted for this prize.


The jury for the prize is chaired by an AES councilor, who selects two or three other scholars as jury members.


Letters of nominations must come from scholars; self-nominations and nominations from presses are not invited.


Announcements regarding the deadlines and other specifics will be posted on this website, as well as through the Anthropology News “AES Section News” column and other e-mail based publicity.


Please send nominating letter, link to ebook version, and a hard copy of the book by May 15 to each of the Sharon Stephens Prize committee members listed below. For mailing addresses of committee members, please contact the chair of the committee, Dr. McCaffrey, in advance of the deadline.

Please note: May 15, 2019 is the hard deadline for receipt of all materials.

Katherine McCaffrey (Chair)

Jon Bialecki

Shirley Lindenbaum

Nayanika Mathur