New Millennium Book Award

  •  Deadline: April 15
  •  Awarded on Odd Numbered Years

The New Millennium Book Award was established by the Society for Medical Anthropology to recognize and promote excellence in medical anthropology, broadly defined. The New Millennium Book Award is currently awarded biannually to a scholar within the field of medical anthropology for a solo-authored (or co-authored) book published since the beginning of the new millennium. In the 2019 competition, books published/copyrighted between 2016-2019 will be considered for the award.

The New Millennium Book Award will be given to the author whose work is judged to be the most significant and potentially influential contribution to medical anthropology. Books of exceptional courage and potential impact beyond the field will be given special consideration.

The New Millennium Book Award is designed to complement the Eileen Basker Prize and the Council for the Anthropology of Reproduction (CAR) book awards in the area of gender and health. Thus, books on gender and health topics will not be considered eligible for the New Millennium Book Award.

The Award will be publicly announced during the SMA awards ceremony, held during the annual AAA meetings. The winner will receive a $500 cash award. Books that did not receive the award but are considered exceptional will receive honorable mentions at the award ceremony.


To nominate a book, please send a signed letter of nomination to the chair of the selection committee (2019 chair: Junko Kitanaka).

Only individuals, not organizations or publishers, are eligible to nominate books for the New Millennium Award. The letter of nomination should speak to the impact of the book on the field of medical anthropology. Self-nomination is not permitted, and works submitted without an accompanying letter of nomination cannot be considered.

In addition to the letter, please arrange to have the publisher send a copy of the book directly to each member of the Selection Committee.  Also the Committee would greatly appreciate receiving a pdf file of the book, particularly because the selection process this year will take place when most of us are doing fieldwork.  Books (and pdfs) must be received by the deadline of April 15. (Please note that all SMA award competition deadlines are earlier this year.)

Selection Committee:

Junko Kitanaka (Chair)
Department of Human Sciences, Faculty of Letters
Keio University
2-15-45 Mita
Minato-ku, Tokyo
108-8345 Japan

Charles L. Briggs
Department of Anthropology
232 Kroeber Hall, MC 3710
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3710

Clara Mantini-Briggs
Department of Anthropology
232 Kroeber Hall, MC 3710
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3710

Harris Solomon
Dept. of Cultural Anthropology
Duke University
201H Friedl Building
Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708

P. Sean Brotherton
Department of Anthropology
Haskell Hall, #227
1126 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637