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Dr. Ann Stoler has been selected to receive the 2022 Gender Equity Award. In addition to honoring scholars who work toward ending discrimination against women in anthropology, this award celebrates feminist scholars working to raise awareness of discrimination in anthropology on the grounds of gender presentation of any kind.
Dr. Stoler has worked for some thirty years on the politics of knowledge, colonial governance, racial epistemologies, the sexual politics of empire, and ethnography of the archives. Her first book, Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra’s Plantation Belt (1985), theorized what is now recognized as the intersectionality of political processes, long before the term was in wide circulation, centering on the linkages and co-constitution of race, gender, and class. As she has continued to analyze these questions in four additional books, four edited volumes, and countless articles, her work has become essential reading on the gendered, and sexed, contours of empire well beyond the discipline of anthropology. Her most recent book, Interior Frontiers: essays on the entrails of inequality (2022) amplifies and extends the ways in which sexuality, sentiment, and race together carve out force fields in which colonial governance operates
Dr. Stoler is currently the Willy Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. She is also the director of the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry. Throughout her career as a professor, her fearless leadership has transformed the lives of her students and colleagues while creating institutional change.