The Harold K. Schneider Student Prize in Economic Anthropology


The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition is a student paper competition established by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA) to honor its first president and to encourage 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.

Each year, the SEA invites both undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers on any aspect of economic anthropology or economic archaeology. Papers should contain a central thesis or argument, should be neither wholly descriptive nor wholly theoretical but, ideally, both and should be edited for clarity.

The winners in both the undergraduate and graduate categories will each receive a cash prize, a certificate of achievement, and a year’s membership in the SEA. The graduate winner will also be invited to make a presentation at the annual spring meeting of the SEA.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit electronic submissions only.
  • Manuscripts should be in English only and no longer than 8,000 words, including endnotes and references, and in American Anthropological style.
  • The electronic submission must be sent in Microsoft Word format. Use your last name as the document name (example: “mauss.docx”).
  • Reviews are blind. Please include a title page with your name and contact addresses (both mail and email), but do not include your name anywhere within the text of the document.
  • Indicate on the title page whether you are applying in the undergraduate or graduate category.
  • If the paper includes multiple .gif or .jpg images, please include them within the text as well in a separate document labeled with your name (example: “mauss_images.docx”).
  • All student submissions must be accompanied by a supporting note from a faculty sponsor, which should be submitted via e-mail.
  • Undergraduate award winners receive $150; graduate award winners receive $300.

Submissions, faculty support notes, and questions can be sent to Allison Truitt at atruitt [at] tulane [dot] edu.

2023 Schneider Prize Winners

Myriam Amri, Harvard University

Graduate Winning Paper

“Inflation as Talk, Economy as Feel: Notes Towards an Anthropology of Inflation”
Faculty Sponsor: Malavika Reddy (Harvard University)

Honorable Mention:
Skyler Inman, Brandeis University
“Working to Belong, Belonging to Work: Israel’s Uneasy Search for “Perfect” Migrant Labor”

Astrid Lang and Frederik Aude, University of Southern Denmark Department of Business and Management

Undergraduate Winning Paper

“Sustaining the Community: An interpretation of the Nepali sharing practice, paincho
Faculty Sponsor: Erika Kuever (University of Southern Denmark)

Honourable Mention:
Alexandra Pyne, Georgetown University
“Identity and the Crisis of Communication: Conversations with Bankers in Sustainable Finance”