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ALLA Awards Announcements


The ALLA Distinguished Career Award

The ALLA Distinguished Career Award is a biannual prize awarded to an outstanding senior anthropologist to recognize contributions to the field of Latina/o/x anthropology.  A distinguished career is demonstrated through one’s record of research and publication, teaching, service to ALLA/AAA, and public engagement, such as community, activist and policy efforts that serve to enhance broad-based understandings of Latina/o/x lives and communities in the United States. Nominations require a letter detailing the nominee’s achievements in scholarship, service, teaching, and community engagement, as well as supporting materials, including a CV and an example of his/her scholarship that best exemplify the nominee’s distinguished career.  ALLA encourages self-nominations for this award.

Nominations (which include a nominating letter, CV, and supporting materials, including no more than one example of scholarship) should be sent electronically to each of the committee members by October 15, 2019. Please direct questions about the nomination process to Pat Zavella ([email protected]), chair of the ALLA Distinguished Career Award Committee.


2019 ALLA Distinguished Career Award Committee

Pat Zavella (Chair), University of California, Santa Cruz [email protected]

Sergio Lemus, [email protected]

Jennifer Nájera, University of California, Riverside [email protected]

Gilberto Rosas, University of Illinois Champaign Urbana [email protected]




The Association for Latina and Latino Anthropologists (ALLA) invites submissions for the ALLA Student Paper Award. The Student Paper Award is given for the best paper that addresses at least one of the following: 1) issues related to US Latinas/os and their communities from an anthropological perspective; 2) research conducted by Latina/o anthropologists, however defined.

The competition is open to individuals who are graduate students at the time of submission (including ABDs). Papers should be no more than 5000 words (20 double-spaced pages) in length and will be read by a committee of ALLA members. The winner will receive a cash award of $350 and the finalist will receive a cash award of $150. Both will be announced in Anthropology News, the ALLA website and social media.

Submissions for the student paper award must be received by September 1. The committee is expected to reach a decision September 21 and will communicate with applicants soon after. Please email a PDF of your paper along with a cover letter with contact information for the author to [email protected]

*Entrants must be current members of ALLA.