2023 Halperin Awardees:

Jing Hao Liong, Duke University
Project: “The ‘Ethics’ of Eliminating Forced Labor: Social Enterprises and Migrant Labor in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”
Advisor: Anne-Maria Makhulu

Montserrat Perez Castro Perez, Dartmouth College
Project: “Sustainable hope: Affect, labor and social difference in the corporate sustainability of the palm oil value chain in Mexico”
Advisor: Susanne Friedberg

2022 Halperin Awardees:

Dean Blumenfeld: Arizona State University
Project: “Debt, Labor, and Specialization at the Colonial Latifundia: The Archaeological Investigation of Hacienda del Rincon, Mexico”
Advisor: Christopher Morehart

Bruno Ubiali: University of Georgia
Project: “What is Productive Land? Indigenous and Farmers’ Cultural Notions of Land in an Agricultural Frontier Expansion”
Advisor: Don Nelson

2021 Halperin Awardees:

Jose Becerra, Purdue University
Project: “Trade-offs Between the Logistics Economy and Community Health: Disproportionate Exposure to Air Pollution Among Marginalized Communities in the Inland Empire”
Advisor: Andrew Flachs

2020 Halperin Awardees:

Esra Padgett, City University of New York
Project: Technologies of Transaction: Possibilities and Limitations of Cryptocurrency in the US Adult Industry
Advisor: Angela Reyes

Rachael Stephens, University of Pennsylvania
Project: “Valuating real estate equity and valuing social equality: property valuation and school finance inequality in Greater Hartford, Connecticut”
Advisor: Kathleen D. Hall

2019 Halperin Awardees:

Gabriela Montero Mejía, University of Kentucky
Project: Social adaptations and utilitarian technologies in the New Spain: A perspective from the Eastern Lower Papaloapan Basin
Advisor: Christopher A. Pool

Dominic Piacentini, University of Maine
Project: Foraging and Property Negotiation: Economic Entanglements in Appalachia
Advisor: Christine Beitl

2018 Halperin Awardees:

Megan Parker, University of Kentucky
Project: Documenting Change in Domestic Household Production in the Northern Basin of Mexico Before and After Spanish Conquest
Advisor: Scott R. Hutson

Dawn Rivers, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Project: Cooperativism or Capitalism in the Basque Country: Self-employment in Post-industrial Capitalist Economies
Advisor: Rudolf Colloredo-Mansfeld

The 2017 Halperin Awardees:

Qing He, University of Wisconsin
Project: The Fearful and the Feared: Baoan as a commodity of the economy of fear in gated communities in post-socialist China

Bradley Jones, Washington University-St. Louis
Project: Cultivating Alternatives: Conflict and collaboration in Alternative Food Economies in Appalachia and New York

Eduardo Romero, Columbia University
Project: Gardeners or Criminals? Tracing the affective, economic, and ecological lives of small-scale loggers in Peruvian Amazonia

The 2016 Halperin Awardees:

Shelly Biesel, University of Georgia
Project: (Im)mobility in Northeast Brazil: Assessing Livelihood Strategies in the Age of Climate Change and Social Safety Net Policies

Ruth Dike, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky
Project: Food, Space, and Labor: Moroccan Women Working in Souqs and Supermarkets

Hannah Marshall, Brown University
Project: ‘Economic Rehabilitation’: An Ethnographic Study of Vocational Training for Incarcerated Ugandan Women

The 2015 Halperin Awardees:

John M. Villecco, American University
Project: Local Effects of Chinese -Funded Infrastructural Development on the Kenyan Coast

Beth Geglia, American University
Project: Distributive and Concentrative Effects of Economic Collectives in Honduran Communities: A Pre-SEZ Study

Jonah Lipton, London School of Economics
Project: ‘Ebola is the only work in Sierra Leone right now’: an ethnographic study of informal work, care, and family life in Freetown.

The 2014 Halperin awardees:

Andrea L. Rissing, Emory University
Project: “Beginning Farmers and Agricultural Success in Iowan Sustainable Agriculture.”

Katie Olemanski, Rutgers University
Project: “Poster (Girl)Child: Gendered Education Projects in Rural Tanzania.”

Samuel Dira Jilo, Washington State University
Project: “Resilience: Learning to save and ‘Producing Big’ among subsistence producers in Ethiopia.”

The 2013 Halperin Awardees:

Tristan Jones, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University
Project: “Canada’s Mordor”: Indigenous Lives, Labor and Struggle in the Canadian Tar Sands”

Nicole Katin, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University
Project: “Ethnographic Study of conservation induced displacement in Núcleo Itariru, Southeastern Brazil

Caroline McKusick, University of California, Davis
Project: “Contested Airwaves: The Politics of Minority Media in Turkey”

The 2012 Halperin Awardees:

Deniz Daser, Rutgers University.
Project: “Living Work, Working Lives: Migrants and their Labor in New Orleans”.
Advisor: Rocio Magana.

Lauren A. Hayes, University of Arizona.
Project: “Talking Proper”: Appalachian Women in the Workplace.
Advisors: Jennifer Roth-Gordon and James Greenberg.

Andrew Ofstehage, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Project: “Development and Dispossession in Soylandia”.
Advisor: Rudolf Colloredo-Mansfeld.