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The 2023 winners of the Halperin pre-diss and M. Estellee Smith dissertation awards!

Hello economic anthropologists!

On behalf of myself (as chair of the M. Estellie Smith committee) and Rachael Goodman (chair of the Halperin committee), we would like to announce and celebrate this year’s grant winners, and we would like to thank the committee members who evaluated the proposals.

(…Drum roll…this is like the Oscars for Econ Anth…)

The two winners of the 2023 Halperin Predissertation research award are:

Jing Hao Liong, Duke University, “The ‘Ethics’ of Eliminating Forced Labor: Social Enterprises and Migrant Labor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”


Montserrat Perez Castro Perez, Dartmouth College, “Sustainable hope: Affect, labor and social difference in the corporate sustainability of the palm oil value chain in Mexico”

The winner of the 2023 M. Estellie Smith dissertation award is:

Cameron Butler, York University (Toronto), “Fertilizing Settler Bodies: Tracing Global Phosphorus Transfers through Southern Ontario”

The Halperin committee was Rachael Goodman (chair), Lauren Hayes, Joseph Quick, and Christine Jeske.

The M. Estellie Smith committee was Bram Tucker (chair), Dawn Rivers, Christine Beitl, and Seyma Kabouglu.

YAAYYAYYAYY!!! Thanks all! Celebrate good times!

SEA 2023 Book Prize Call for Nominations

The SEA Book Prize Committee looks for the best book in economic anthropology published over the last 3 years. We invite nominations of exceptional books, including self-nominations. Nominations may come from non-SEA members as well, so spread this call widely.

The book prize includes a $500 award. It will be presented at the fall 2023 annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Toronto, ON during the SEA Friday afternoon business meeting. The winning book will also be announced in the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology News.

We also invite members of the SEA to join the Book Prize Committee, which will read the books and choose the winner.

Instructions for Nominations:
Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2023.
Nominations must include
1. Author(s)
2. SEA membership status
3. Book title
4. Publication date and publisher
5. A paragraph summarizing the book’s argument
6. A paragraph describing how the book fits into economic anthropology
7. Contact information for the person submitting the nomination (name, email, phone number)

Authors must be SEA members at the time of their book’s submission. SEA is a member organization of the American Anthropological Association. Nonmembers whose books are nominated will have the opportunity to join the SEA to be considered for this prize.

Books must be published between May 2020 and April 2023. Books previously considered for the SEA book prize are not eligible for resubmission.

Please email nominations to the book prize committee chair, Joanne Baron ( with the subject “SEA book prize nomination.” Volunteers to join this year’s book prize committee may also email the chair.

Previous winners of the Society for Economic Anthropology’s book prize are:

2003 Salaula: The World of Secondhand Clothing and Zambia by Karen Tranberg-Hansen

2005 Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World by Ted Bestor

2008 Global Outlaws: Crime, money and power in the Contemporary World by Carolyn Nordstrom and Home Cooking in the Global Village: Caribbean Food from Buccaneers to Ecotourists by Richard Wilk

2011 Coffee and Community: Maya Farmers and Fair Trade Markets by Sarah Lyons

2014 The Darjeeling Distinction: Labor and Justice on Fair-Trade Tea Plantations in India by Sarah Besky

2017 Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa by Deborah James

2020 Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio’s Garbage Dump by Kathleen Millar and Ethnography of Hunger: Politics, Subsistence, and the Unpredictable Grace of the Sun by Kristin Phillips

Announcing the 2022 Schneider Prize Winners!

The results are in for the 2022 Schneider Student Paper Prize!

Special thanks to Allison Truitt for heading up the award committee! She pulled together a stellar panel of jurists, Nicholas D’Avella, Jennifer Hubbert, Smoki Musaraj, Taylor Nelms, Cary Schuster, Erin Taylor, and Chris Vasantkumar. It’s great to see such support for our junior colleagues! Thank you, all!

And the winners are….

Undergraduate Winner
Lotte Jäger, Racial capitalism and #PayUp: A critical examination of the abandonment of Bangladeshi garment workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
Advisor, Rebecca Prentic, University of Sussex

Undergraduate Honorable Mention
Annalise Chelsen, “I’ve Curated Myself into a Corner and I Can’t Get Out”: Sustainable Fashion Influencers Under the Attention Economy
Advisor, Christine Jeske, Wheaton College

Graduate Winner
China Sajadian, “A Person With a Full Stomach Doesn’t Know Anyone”: The Moral Binds of Debt in a Syrian Refugee Camp
Advisor, Mandana Limbert, City University of New York

Graduate Honorable Mention
Sandro Simon, “Rhythming Volatility: Gleaning from and Salvaging for Capitalists”
Advisor, Franz Grause, University of Cologne

Congratulations all around!

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