2018 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 2018 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 2018 APLA book prize will be awarded at the American Anthropological Association meeting in San Jose, California 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.


The Association will recognize work that best exemplifies creativity and rigor in the ethnographic exploration of politics, law, and/or their interstices. Either single- or multi-authored books are eligible, however edited volumes, reference works, or second editions of previously published works are excluded from consideration.  The book must have been published during the year prior to the competition (2017).  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.

The Committee will look for books that: are ethnographically strong; advance theoretical insights related to political/legal anthropology; have original and well-substantiated arguments; speak to compelling issues and problems beyond its geographic location/particular topic; are well-written; and have the potential to be a major work in its field/s.

Nomination Process

For consideration, authors or their publishers should send a cover letter and a copy of the nominated book no later than May 1, 2018 directly to each of the APLA book prize committee members:

Denise Brennan (Prize Committee Co-Chair)
Department of Anthropology
Georgetown University
Car Barn, Suite 308
Washington, D.C. 20057

Christine Folch (Prize Committee Co-Chair)
Cultural Anthropology
Duke University
205 Friedl, Box 90091
Durham, NC 27708

Manissa Maharawal
Department of Anthropology 
Hamilton Building 
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Antina von Schnitzler
Graduate Program in International Affairs
The New School
72 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10011

Nitzan Shoshan
Centro de Estudios Sociologicos, El Colegio de México
Carretera Picacho Ajusco 20
Col. Ampliación Fuentes del Pedregal
CP 14110 Tlalpan
Ciudad de México, Mexico

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