AAA anthropology in public policy award

The American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology in Public Policy Award honors anthropologists whose work has had a significant, positive influence on the course of government decision-making and action. A biennial award of the AAA Committee on Public Policy (CoPP), the prize is made to an anthropologist nominated for a specific, policy-relevant accomplishment made within the past five calendar years. Public policy is broadly defined to include measures created by any type or level of government and addressing the full range of contemporary human problems.

The Anthropology in Public Policy Award shares a common goal with the AAA Solon T. Kimball Award in acknowledging anthropology’s important contributions to public policy. Yet, in contrast to the Kimball Award, which seeks to advance the development of anthropology as an applied science, the Anthropology in Public Policy Award focuses specifically on recognizing particular instances in which anthropological insights and analyses have resulted in the implementation of effective and beneficent policies in the last five years.

Recipients receive $500 and a commemorative plaque. CoPP may also invite the recipient to give a public lecture in one of the two public policy forums it sponsors during the AAA annual meeting. The AAA waives the meeting registration fee for the awardee. The inaugural recipient in 2013 was Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes.

Nominations consist of a two-part process:

Step 1: Submit a letter of nomination (approximately 1-2 pages), summarizing the nominee’s accomplishments in public policy by March 30, 2015.

Step 2: A full nomination packet will then be solicited for three finalists by April 30, 2015. This final package is due May 15, 2015, and must include:

(1) One letter summarizing the impact of the nominee’s work on public policy:
* Explaining how anthropological knowledge has been translated into effective policy-related action; and
*  Specifying the approach/models employed and the effort’s tangible outcomes, including not only policy ramifications, but also the impact the effort has had on program or other relevant outcomes and on people’s lives.

(2) Three to five letters of support, which may be sent under separate cover but by the stated deadline. Letters may be from professional collaborators or non-anthropologist stakeholders such as members of a client group, policymakers, or community members.

(3) One to three supporting items that provide evidence of the nominee’s policy impact, such as academic and news articles, white papers, CVs, podcasts, or websites.

All nomination materials must be submitted in English and fonts should be no smaller than 12 points. Self-nominations and joint nominations (if two or more anthropologists worked together on a policy-related problem) are welcome. Send any questions and all nomination materials to: [email protected].