APLA book prize


The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is pleased to launch its 2015 prize for the book that best exemplifies the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices. The 2015 APLA book prize will be awarded at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Denver. It carries an award of $1,000. The winning book will be reviewed in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review and may be featured at a roundtable or author-meets-readers session at the AAA meeting. An honorable mention may be identified by the committee, if appropriate.


To be eligible for consideration, a book must examine law and/or politics ethnographically, and must have been published in English. The book must have been published during the year prior to the competition (2014).  Either single- or multi-authored books are eligible, however edited volumes, reference works, or second editions of previously published works are excluded from consideration.  Books translated into English from another language are eligible for consideration.  In such cases, the year that the translation was published is considered the year of publication for purposes of eligibility.


Books may be nominated by the author(s), the press, or an APLA member. Nominations must be accompanied by a nominating letter. Send the letter and a copy of the nominated book no later than May 1, 2015 directly to each of the APLA book prize committee members: Lori Allen, Department of Anthropology, SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom; Karin Friederic, Wake Forest University, Department of Anthropology, 1834 Wake Forest Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106; Roberto Gonzalez, Department of Anthropology, San Jose State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA  95192-0113; and Andrea Ballestero, MS 20, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005. Address inquiries to the Chair of Book Prize Committee, Andrea Ballestero, [email protected]. Visit our website at www.politicalandlegalanthro.org  to learn more about APLA.