SAA Awards

Dissertation Award

Members (other than student members) of SAA may nominate a recent graduate whose dissertation they consider to be original, well written, and outstanding. A three-year membership in SAA is given to the recipient.

  • Nominations must be made by non-student SAA members and must be in the form of a nomination letter that makes a case for the dissertation. Self-nominations cannot be accepted.
  • Nomination letters should include a description of the special contributions of the dissertation and the nominee's current address. Nominees must have defended their dissertations and received their Ph.D. degree within three years prior to September 1, 2008.
  • Nominees are informed at the time of nomination by the nominator and are asked to submit THREE COPIES of the dissertation IN PDF FORMAT ON CD-ROM to the committee by October 15, 2008 (to be mailed to the committee chair, Adria LaViolette). IF THIS FORMAT IS NOT POSSIBLE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHAIR.
  • Nominees do not have to be members of SAA.
Deadline for Nomination

October 15, 2008


Adria LaViolette
SAA Dissertation Award Committee
Department of Anthropology
University of Virginia, P.O. Box 400120
Charlottesville, VA, 22904-4120

Phone: 434-982-2631
Fax: 434-924-1350

1988 Judith A. Habicht Mauche
(Harvard University)
1990 David J. Bernstein
(State University of New York
at Stony Brook)
1991 David Anderson
(University of Michigan)
1992 Lynette C. Norr
(University of Illinois)
1993 Cathy Lebo
(Indiana University)
1994 Mary Van Buren
(University of Arizona)
1995 David R. Abbott
(Arizona State University)
1996 Daniel R. Finamore
(Boston University)
1997 Alvaro Higueras-Hare
(University of Pittsburgh)
1998 Mark D. Varien
(Arizona State University)
1999 Karen G. Harry
(University of Arizona)
2000 Alex Barker
(University of Michigan)
2001 Andrew I.L. Duff
(Arizona State University)
2002 Silvia R. Kembel
(Stanford University)
2003 Wesley Bernardini
(Arizona State University)
2004 Ian G. Robertson
(Arizona State University)
2005 Severin Fowles
(University of Michigan)
2006 Elisabeth Hildebrand
(Washington University in St. Louis)
2007 Matthew Liebmann
(College of William and Mary)