Diana Forsythe Prize

The Diana Forsythe Prize was created in 1998 to celebrate the best book or series of published articles in the spirit of Diana Forsythe’s feminist anthropological research on work, science, and/or technology, including biomedicine. The Prize is awarded annually at the meeting of the American Anthropological Association by a committee consisting of one representative from the Society for the Anthropology of Work (SAW) and two from the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC). It is supported by the General Anthropology Division (GAD) and Bern Shen.

2018 Award Plaques. Photo credit: Robert Myers


2021 Alex Blanchette: Porkopolis (Duke University Press 2020)

2021 (Honerable mention) Radhika Govindrajan: Animal Intimacies (University of Chicago Press 2018)

2020 Mythri Jegathesan: Tea and Solidarity: Tamil Women and Work in Post-War Sri Lanka (University of Washington Press  2019)

2020 (Honerable mention) Alondra Nelson: The Social Life of DNA:Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (Beacon Press)

2019 Lilly Irani: Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India (Princeton University Press 2019).

2019 (Honorable Mention) Juno Salazar Parreñas: Decolonizing Extinction :The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation (Duke University Press, 2018)

2018 Sara Ann Wylie:  Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds (Duke University Press 2018)

2018 (Honorable Mention) Sophia Roosth: Synthetic: How Life Got Made (University of Chicago Press 2017)

2017 Sareeta Amrute: Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin (Duke University Press, 2016)

2017 (Honorable Mention) Emilia Sanabria: Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2016)

2016 Eben Kirksey: Emergent Ecologies (Duke University Press, 2015)

2016 (Honorable Mention) Everett Yuehong Zhang: The Impotence Epidemic: Men’s Medicine and Sexual Desire in Contemporary China (Duke University Press, 2015)

2015 Gabriella Coleman: Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous (Verso, 2014)

2014 (Honorable Mention) Sharon Kaufman: Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the Line (Duke University Press, 2015)

2014 S. Lochlain Jain: Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us (California Press, 2013)

2014 (Honorable Mention) Adriana Petryna: When Experiments Travel: Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects (Princeton University Press, 2009)

2013 Heather Paxson: The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America (University of California Press, 2012)

2012 Rene Almeling: Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (University of California Press, 2011)

2011 Alexander Edmonds: Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex and Plastic Surgery in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2010)

2010 Elly Teman: Birthing a Mother, The Surrogate Body and the Pregnant Self (University of California Press, 2010)

2009 Emily Martin: for Bipolar Expeditions: Mania and Depression in American Culture (Princeton University Press, 2007)

2008 Joao Biehl: Will to Live: AIDS Therapies and the Politics of Survival (Princeton University Press, 2007)

2007 Marcia Inhorn: Local Babies, Global Science: Gender, religion and in vitro fertilization in Egypt (Routledge, 2003)

2006 Jan English-Lueck: Cultures@SiliconValley (Stanford University Press, 2002)

2005 Joe Dumit: Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity (Princeton University Press, 2004)

2003 Cori Hayden: When Nature Goes Public: The Making and Unmaking of Bioprospecting in Mexico (Princeton University Press, 2003)

2002 Lucy Suchman: for the body of her work

2001 Stefan Helmreich: Silicon Second Nature: Culturing Artificial Life in a Digital World (University of California Press, 1998)

2000 David Hess: for the body of his work

1999 Rayna Rapp: Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Impact of Amniocentesis in America (Routledge, 1999)