Since 2015, the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) has awarded a graduate student paper prize in recognition of excellent work by rising scholars. In 2016 the prize was renamed in honor of the memory of David Hakken, for his pioneering work at the intersection of ethnography and cyberspace.

The prize is awarded to a paper that exemplifies innovative research at the intersection of anthropology and science and technology studies, demonstrating theoretical sophistication and an appreciation of the methodological challenges facing the anthropology of science and technology.

The winner of the prize will be recognized during the AAA meetings, and will receive a certificate and $100 cash award, sponsored by the AAA’s General Anthropology Division. They will also receive written feedback from the Prize Committee’s review of their paper.

2020 Submission Guidelines

  • Papers should be blinded, with the author’s name and any implicating citations removed. Please remember to include your name and affiliation in the email with your submission.
  • Papers should have numbered pages.
  • Papers must be between 7,000 and 8,000 words, not including references, and they must be unpublished at the time of submission (papers that have been submitted for publication are permitted).
  • Authors must be graduate students at the time of submission.

The committee will be unable to consider any paper that does not follow these guidelines.

Please send papers for consideration to [email protected], as email attachments in Word format. Submissions must be received by Friday, July 31 to be considered for this year’s prize. Any questions can be directed to Co-Chairs Emily Brooks and Rebekah Cupitt at [email protected].

For more information about CASTAC, please visit our website. CASTAC also awards the Forsythe Prize, for the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, or technology, including biomedicine. For more information on the Forsythe Prize, see the Forsythe Prize page.

2019 Awardees

Winner: Alexandra S. Middleton for “The Datafication of Pain: Trials and Tribulations in Measuring Phantom Limb Pain”

Honorable Mention: Stephen Paff for “Anthropology by Data Science: The EPIC Project with Indicia Consulting as an Exploratory Case Study.”

2018 Awardees
Winner: Timothy McLellan  (Cornell University) for “Comparing Theories of Change: The Temporal Transformation of Scientific Practice.”

Honorable Mention: Laura Meek (UC, Davis) for “The Grammar of Leprosy: Temporal Politics and an Impossible Subject.”

2017 Awardees
Winner: Nicole Welk-Joerger (PhD Candidate, University of Pennsylvania) for “Achieving Eden in the Amish Anthropocene.”
Honorable mention: Héctor Beltran (PhD Candidate, UC Berkeley) for “Staging the Hackathon: Codeworlds and Code Work in México.”

2016 Awardees
Winner: Kellie Owens (Northwestern University) for “Too Much of A Good Thing?: American Childbirth, Intentional Ignorance, and the Boundaries of Responsible Knowledge.”
Honorable Mention: Shreeharsh Kelkar (MIT) for his “Platformizing Pedagogy: MOOC Infrastructures and the Transformation of Roles.”