2017 APLA Book Prize

The Shelf by José Duarté. CC BY-NC-ND.

The Association for Political and Legal Anthropology (APLA) is pleased to invite nominations for the 2017 APLA Book Prize competition. The association will recognize work that best exemplifies creativity and rigor in the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices. The 2017 APLA book prize will be awarded at the American Anthropological Association meeting in Washington, DC and will be reviewed in PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review. It also carries an award of $1,000. 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 during the year prior to the competition (2016).  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. Authors of nominated books must be members of APLA. Authors of the book prize and honorable mention are expected to serve on the APLA book prize committee the following year.

Nomination Process

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, 2017 directly to each of the APLA book prize committee members:

Jessica Winegar (Prize Committee Chair)
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Middle East and North African Studies
Northwestern University
1810 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60208

Jeremy M. Campbell
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Roger Williams University
25 Hudson Street
Providence, RI 02909

Catherine Fennell
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Columbia University
452 Schermerhorn Extension, MC 5523
1200 Amsterdam Avenue
NY, NY 10027

Samuel Martínez
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies
University of Connecticut
Beach Hall 402
354 Mansfield Road, Unit 1176
Storrs, CT 06269

Jeffrey Martin
Assistant Professor of Anthropology and East Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Illinois
109 Davenport Hall
607 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana IL, 61801

Address inquiries to the Chair of the Book Prize Committee, Jessica Winegar, j-winegar@northwestern.edu. Visit our website at www.politicalandlegalanthro.org to learn more about APLA.

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