2018 Awardees. Photo credit: Robert Myers


The General Anthropology Division of the American Anthropological Association is pleased to invite nominations for its 2021 New Directions Award. Now in its sixth year, the award has been divided into two categories—an Individual Award and a Group Award—both of which carry an honorarium of $1,000. The GAD New Directions Award calls attention to the myriad ways anthropologists are expanding anthropological perspectives in the twenty-first century. It recognizes the accomplishments of both individuals and groups/collectives across diverse media and formats as forms of public anthropology. Common to these is the responsible presentation of anthropological information for a larger public beyond the academy as well as a demonstrated commitment to ethical considerations and methodological rigor.

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.

  • Individual Award nominations (two collaborators may share the individual nomination. Collaborations of three or more must be nominated in the Group category).
  • Groups must be comprised of at least two individuals and Group Award nominations must be made under an official group name (with a specified contact person)

Current GAD board members, members of the boards of GAD interest groups (i.e. CASTAC, FOSAP, TAIG, and HOA), and GAD affiliated projects (e.g. Anthropology Now) are not eligible for nomination. The GAD Awards Committee reserves the right to withhold either or both awards in a given year if no nomination is deemed meritorious.

2021 Nominations Deadline: July 1, 2021
Nominations, including self-nominations, for work published, produced, exhibited, or performed should include an email specifying whether the nomination is for an Individual or Group and justifying the nomination with appropriate links and citations. Please send nominations to Kathryn Kozaitis, Chair, GAD Awards Committee: kozaitis@gsu.edu

2020 Awardees
Winner, Group Award: Elemental Productions
Winner, Individual Award: Thurka Sangaramoorthy

2019 Awardees
Winner, Group Award: The Center for Imaginative Ethnography (https://imaginative-ethnography.com/)

Winners, Individual Award: Ilana Gershon, ChorSwang Ngin

2018 Awardees
Winner, Group Award: Somatosphere (http://somatosphere.net/)

Winner, Individual Award: C. Todd White (https://www.tangentgroup.org/)

2017 Awardees
Winner, Group Award: SAPIENS (sapiens.org)
Winner, Individual Award: Katie Hinde for Mammals Suck… Milk!

2016 Awardees
Winner: Kristina Killgrove, for her work on mental floss, Forbes, and Powered by Osteons
Honorable Mention: Caitrin Lynch and Sara Hendren for Engineering at Home (engineeringathome.org)