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The American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology in Public Policy Award honors anthropologists whose work has had a significant, positive influence on the course of government decision-making and action. A biennial award of the AAA Committee on Public Policy (CoPP), the prize is made to an anthropologist nominated for a specific, policy-relevant accomplishment made within the past five calendar years. Public policy is broadly defined to include measures created by any type or level of government and addressing the full range of contemporary human problems.

The Anthropology in Public Policy Award shares a common goal with the AAA Solon T. Kimball Award in acknowledging anthropology's important contributions to public policy. Yet, in contrast to the Kimball Award, which seeks to advance the development of anthropology as an applied science, the Anthropology in Public Policy Award focuses specifically on recognizing particular instances in which anthropological insights and analyses have resulted in the implementation of effective and beneficent policies in the last five years.

Recipients receive $500 and a commemorative plaque. CoPP may also invite the recipient to give a public lecture in one of the two public policy forums it sponsors during the AAA Annual Meeting. The AAA waives the meeting registration fee for the awardee. The inaugural recipient in 2013 was Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes. In 2015, the selection committee elected to award two nominees, Drs. Ted Hamann and Barbara Rose Johnston.  In 2017 it was awarded to Dr. Richard Moore.

Nominations consist of a two-part process:

Step 1: Submit a letter of nomination (approximately 1-2 pages), summarizing the nominee’s accomplishments in public policy by April 7, 2017.

Step 2: A full nomination packet will then be solicited for three finalists by April 30, 2017. This final package will be due May 31, 2017, and must include:

(2) Three to five letters of support, which may be sent under separate cover but by the stated deadline. Letters may be from professional collaborators or non-anthropologist stakeholders such as members of a client group, policymakers, or community members.

(3) One to three supporting items that provide evidence of the nominee’s policy impact, such as academic and news articles, white papers, CVs, podcasts, or websites.

All nomination materials must be submitted in English and fonts should be no smaller than 12 points. Self-nominations and joint nominations (if two or more anthropologists worked together on a policy-related problem) are welcome. Send any questions and all nomination materials to:


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