GAD Prize and Award Calls for Nominations


The General Anthropology Division (GAD) of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) invites nominations and self-nominations for the 2023 GAD New Directions Award. This award calls attention to the myriad ways anthropologists are expanding anthropological perspectives and making anthropology public in the twenty-first century. The award recognizes work in two categories, Individual and group, both of which carry an honorarium of $1,000.

Nomination Criteria

The award seeks to identify anthropologists and anthropological work, as well as bodies of work, from the broadest range of forms and media including, but not limited to: columns or op-eds in national newspapers or magazines; regular blog posts or digital bodies of work; websites devoted to anthropological themes; critical or theoretical anthropological analysis of social media; articles in popular print magazines; anthropological print and digital magazines; photographic exhibitions, art exhibitions, theatrical or dance performances of an anthropological nature; audio or video series or specials illuminating the human condition; films that examine anthropological topics; public anthropology contributions of all forms. The award also recognizes responsible presentation of anthropological work for publics beyond the academy and demonstrated commitment to ethical considerations and methodological rigor.

Award Categories

  • Individual award: two collaborators may share the individual nomination. Collaborations of three or more should be nominated in the group category.
  • Group award: for work by two or more individuals. Group award nominations must be made under an official group name (with a specified contact person)

Nomination Deadline: July 1, 2024

Nominations, including self-nominations, for work published, produced, exhibited, or performed should include an email specifying whether the nomination is individual or group and justifying the nomination with appropriate links, citations, or attachments.

Send nominations to Juno Salazar Parrenas, GAD Awards Committee Chair:


The General Anthropology Division has long supported innovative scholarship that transcends the seemingly all too rigid boundaries that divide various fields of anthropology.

The Cross-Field Award is awarded annually by GAD for a peer-reviewed journal article published in the preceding three years that demonstrates exemplary scholarship from any theoretical or methodological perspective (including applied research) that transcends two or more fields of anthropology, broadly construed, or is interdisciplinary in nature. The award carries an honorarium of $1000.

Articles published within the past 3 years are eligible.

Nomination Deadline: July 1, 2024

To nominate an article, email Juno Salazar Parrenas (, GAD Awards Committee Chair. Please include 1) the subject line “GAD Award”; 2) a .pdf of the article; and 3) a short note supporting the nomination. Self-nominations are welcome.