SLACA is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Roseberry-Nash Graduate Student Paper Award. See the Roseberry-Nash Award page for details.

2019 Awards

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (SLACA) is proud to extend its annual book award to Kathleen M. Millar (Simon Fraser University) for her book Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor in Rio’s Garbage Dump (Duke University Press).

SLACA is also pleased to recognize Alexander L. Fattal (UC San Diego) with an Honorable Mention for his book Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia (University of Chicago Press).
Daniel Salas (Dalhousie University)is the winner of the Roseberry Nash Graduate Student Award for his paper “Practices of Double Currency: Value and Politics in Rural Cuba”

Felipe Fernández Lozano (Freie Universität, Berlin) received an honorable mention for his paper Diseños para escalar la infraestructura. A propósito de la intervención estatal en el casco urbano de Buenaventura, Colombia.”

Annual SLACA Awards 

The Whiteford Graduate Student Award in Applied and Public Anthropology was created through the enduring support of anthropologists Michael B. and Scott Whiteford and honors their family’s enduring scholarly and financial contributions to anthropological study and applied service in Latin America. The award is bestowed on the best unpublished field research- based paper, from any subfield of anthropology, that explores, engages, and challenges applied anthropology in Latin America, the Caribbean, or among first-generation migrants from these areas. The papers can be written in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. The award is intended to help a graduate student attend the SLACA Spring (bi-annual) meeting and consists of a US $1000 prize. Eligible student must be registered in a graduate program in Latin American, the Caribbean or the United States.

The Roseberry-Nash Student Paper Award honors the work of two distinguished anthropologists, June Nash and the late William Roseberry, for their multiple contributions to the anthropological understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. The prize consists of US $1,000 and direct consultation with the editor of the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology toward the goal of revising the paper for publication. Papers should draw on relevant anthropological literature and present data from original research in any field of anthropology and can be written in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. Eligible student must be registered in a graduate program in Latin America, the Caribbean or the United States.

The Society for Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology Annual Book Award recognizes distinguished anthropological work in book form that advances understandings of the Americas in innovative and potentially transformative ways. The prize is restricted to an author’s first book only. To be eligible for consideration a book must be relevant to the field of Latin American and Caribbean anthropology and/or focus on Latin American migrant and diasporic populations. Works should be ethnographies or monographs. Textbooks and anthologies will not be considered, but works of original scholarship by more than one author may be submitted. Works in English, Spanish, and Portuguese will be accepted

Entrants for the book award must hold a current membership in SLACA. Graduate student entrants do not need to be SLACA members but winners are required to register as members before receiving their award.


Past award winners are available in our archives here.