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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!

Call for COHORT 2 Editors for the SEA Podcast Mergers and Acquisitions

The Society for Economic Anthropology is seeking proposals from prospective COHORT 2 editors for the M&A series over the 2022-23 season. Each guest editor will have the chance to curate a collection on a topic of interest to him/her/them and with relevance to economic anthropology! We welcome creative approaches including (but not limited to) interviews, panel discussions, round tables and multimedia supplements. No experience with podcasts or sound editing is necessary, though admittedly helpful. Several COHORT 1 editors will continue over the next year to mentor COHORT 2 editors!

If you are interested in editing a thematic series for the podcast, please email us at with a description of your series concept and potential interviewees by July 1, 2022.

Seeking editor for Economic Anthropology

The Society for Economic Anthropology seeks applications for Editor of the SEA journal, Economic Anthropology, an AAA publication through Wiley Online and indexed in AnthroSource. The Editor serves for a three-year term and oversees production of two journal issues per year.

The position as Editor offers excellent opportunities for advancing the scholarship of economic anthropology and for contributing to the life force of the SEA. In 2021, Economic Anthropology had the highest impact factor (3.439) among all journals housed within the American Anthropological Association and ranked 7th among the 93 anthropology journals listed in Journal Citation Reports (Clarivate Analytics). The impact factor builds on the robust quality of article downloads, as well as on the welcoming community of scholars that have contributed to and supported the journal.

The position begins officially in April 2023 at the SEA spring meeting. However, current Editor Brandon Lundy requests a transitional plan begin January 2023. This plan would include collaboration to ensure a seamless transition. Specific tasks of the Editor include evaluating submissions, locating peer reviewers, overseeing copyediting, communicating with authors, peer reviewers, guest editors, the SEA editorial board and production personnel at Wiley. The editor supervises the flow of submissions through each step of production, maintaining timetables for two issues at different points in the production process, keeping records, and providing quarterly reports to the SEA Board and writing an Annual Report to the AAA. Templates for communication and database records are established. The Society also encourages ongoing announcements of journal publications via the Society’s email and social media outlets.

Qualities of a successful Editor will include a strong background in writing, excellent communication, time management and record keeping skills. The position averages 10 hours/week to stay atop steady demands. The SEA may be able to offer modest financial support for the Editor and suggests applicants seek additional support from their institution. Additional support could include course release(s) for professional service, travel money to the annual AAA and SEA meetings to recruit authors and reviewers and market the journal, and/or graduate assistant(s) and undergraduate students to serve as a managing editor and journal interns, respectively.

To apply, please send:

  1. An abbreviated CV that documents the applicant’s qualifications for this position.
  2. A statement of interest (500-750 words) in which you discuss why you would like to edit the journal, your vision for the journal and how to grow EAs national and international reputation, and what strengths, experience and capabilities you would bring to the editorship.
  3. A brief statement about the support you anticipate receiving from your institution.

Please send Applications to: Carolyn Lesorogol, Chair, EA Search Committee at

Deadline for Submissions: October 3, 2022.

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