American Ethnological Society (AES) Sharon Stephens Prize 2021 (Up to $1,000)

American Ethnological Society (AES) Sharon Stephens Prize 2021 (Up to $1,000)

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Nominations for the American Ethnological Society (AES) Sharon Stephens Prize 2021 are now open. 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.

The American Ethnological Society is the oldest professional anthropological organization in the United States. Founded in 1842 to encourage emerging anthropological research on human cultures.


  • A $1000 will be given to a selected scholar.


  • Ethnographies and critical works in contemporary theory – single-authored or multi-authored but not edited collections – are eligible.
  • The book should be a first monograph by a junior scholar, have been published in the last two years (copyright of 2019 or 2020), and may not have been previously submitted for this prize.
  • Letters of nomination must come from scholars; self-nominations and nominations from presses are not invited.


Each member of the jury should receive a copy of the nomination letter, a hard copy of the book and Either a PDF or e-book by the extended June 1, 2021 deadline, at their emails and addresses below.

Naveeda Khan (Chair)
Johns Hopkins University
213 Chancery Road
Baltimore, MD 21218
[email protected]

Elizabeth Ferry
Department of Anthropology MS 06
Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454
[email protected]

Sameena Mulla
Social and Cultural Sciences
Marquette University
2338 E. Oklahoma Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
[email protected]

Hoon Song
Department of Anthropology
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
4346 Blaisdell Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55409
[email protected]

Books and letters of nomination must be received by the deadline for full consideration. Nominating scholars, authors and publishers, please contact Naveeda Khan via [email protected] if you have any questions regarding the submissions process.

For more information, visit Sharon Stephens Prize.