2019 Halperin Memorial Fund recipients

The Society for Economic Anthropology is pleased to announce the two recipients of this year’s Halperin Memorial Fund award for pre-dissertation research:

Gabriela Montero Mejía, University of Kentucky: “Social adaptations and utilitarian technologies in the New Spain: A perspective from the Eastern Lower Papaloapan Basin”

and

Dominic Piacentini, University of Maine: “Foraging and Property Negotiation: Economic Entanglements in Appalachia”

A heartfelt thank you to the review committee: Rachel Briggs, Rachael Goodman, Thomas Hakansson, Lauren Hayes, and Daniel Souleles. And congratulations and best of luck to both Gabriela and Dominic!

Read more about Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund award here.

2019 M. Estellie Smith Memorial Award winner!

The Society for Economic Anthropology is pleased to announce the winner for this year’s M. Estellie Smith Memorial Award:

Ellen Kladky, University of California – Irvine
“Pedagogies of Love: Family, Finance, and Social Intervention Programs in Appalachia”

Congratulations to Ellen and a big thank you to this year’s review committee: Nora Haenn, Cindy Isenhour, AJ Faas, Sarah Oosterhoudt, and Marissa Smith.

Read more about M. Estellie Smith and the memorial fund award here.

2016 Schneider Prize winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Schneider Prize winners! The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition is a student paper competition that honors SEA’s first president and and encourages new scholars in the field of economic anthropology. Harold Schneider, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, was known for both his path breaking research and his dedication as a teacher.

Graduate:

Winner – Sarah Kelman (UC Santa Cruz) “In Search of a ‘Culture of Entrepreneurship:’ Tales from Malaysia’s Startup Ecosystem – Dr, Lisa Rofel (Faculty Advisor)

Runner-Up – Samantha King (UNC – Chapel Hill) “The Enduring Invisibility of Women’s Work: Engendering Contemporary Agarian Transition in the Rural Caribbean” – Dr. Colin West (Faculty Advisor)

Undergraduate:

Winner – Mariel Kennedy (University of Notre Dame) “Bad Assets: A Study of Debt Collection in Pune, India” Dr. Rahul Okha (Faculty Advisor)

Runner-Up – Meagan Jones (Ohio State University) “Among and Beyond the Stalls: Hybrid Social Networks in the Westland Flea Market” Dr. Jeffrey Cohen (Faculty Advisor)

Halperin Memorial Fund: Call for Applications 2017

The Rhoda Halperin Memorial Fund celebrates the life and work of Rhoda Halperin by supporting PhD students in anthropology who emulate her love of economic anthropology and concern for people on the social margin. In memory of Rhoda’s convivial collegiality, the Fund also encourages student professional development through participation in the scholarly meetings of the SEA and AAA. To meet these goals, students engaged in economic research focused on social exclusion and poverty are provided small grants for preliminary dissertation fieldwork and subsequent travel money to present their findings at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual conference.

Because Rhoda Halperin’s career exemplified the integration of anthropological theory with social activism, for the purposes of this award, economic anthropology is broadly defined to include applied and non-applied perspectives, research that engages with issues of poverty, exclusion from the political process, and access to education.

ELIGIBILITY
a. Any student enrolled in an anthropology (or allied field) doctoral program, regardless of citizenship or nation, is eligible for the award.
b. Strong preference is given to students early in the dissertation process rather than to those who are further along and have already developed their proposals.
c. The funds are not intended for language study.

APPLICATION AND DEADLINE
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may apply for the award by providing the following materials by the deadline listed below. All materials should be submitted via email to Daniel Murphy (halperinaward@gmail.com) by December 15, 2016. We will announce awards by February 15, 2017.
a. Proposal Cover sheet
b. Abstract (100 words)
c. Project description, < 500 words about research goals, itinerary, primary research tasks,
potential outcomes
d. Curriculum Vitae
e. Letter of recommendation (included or under separate cover)
Application forms are here.

THE AWARD
Recipients receive $2,000 for preliminary PhD research, issued upon acceptance of the award and notification to the Treasurer of the SEA
Recipients receive a one-year membership in the Society for Economic Anthropology.
Recipients receive $500 to supplement the costs of traveling to the SEA spring conference during the year following the research award to present a poster or paper on the dissertation research or background work.

DONATIONS TO THE FUND
The Halperin Memorial Fund is a fund of the Society for Economic Anthropology, a Section of the American Anthropological Association, which is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations to The Halperin Memorial Fund are typically exempt from federal income tax, as are membership fees, but please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation. When you make a donation to support the Halperin Memorial Fund by check, please make your check to “SEA/American Anthropological Association” and note that the donation is for the Halperin Memorial Fund.
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Daniel Murphy
Chair of Halperin Memorial Fund Committee
Society for Economic Anthropology