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This biennial award supports rising anthropologists of policy by celebrating and promoting their contributions to the field. The winner is awarded $250 and recognized at ASAP’s Annual Meeting during the AAA Annual Conference. The winner’s bio, paper title, abstract, and visual representation of the winning manuscript are posted to the ASAP website as well as celebrated via ASAP’s social media outlets and AAA Communities. Call for 2022-23 submissions closed on June 6, 2023. Next award call will tentatively be January 2025. More information can found here.

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“Coordinating care and coercion: styles of sovereignty and the politics of humanitarian aid in Lebanon” is a timely—urgent, even—critique of humanitarian aid and participatory policy processes shaping and shaped by the global dynamics of forced migration. Congratulations Sam! See his website for more great policy research.

Photo credit: Sam Dinger, NGO-facilitated participatory meeting notes


A complete list of previous award winners can be found here.


Condensed versions of the winning paper are published in the ASAP Anthropology News column and to the ASAP website.

Left: 2021 Award Winner. EB Saldaña. Princeton U.

Automobility & Flexibility after Foster Care in Kentucky

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