Graduate Student Paper Awards


The deadline for submission of graduate student papers is AUGUST 15, 2015


The Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR), an interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology, is pleased to announce its 15th annual award competition for the best graduate student paper on anthropology and reproduction. Submissions from all anthropological sub-disciplines are encouraged.

Criteria on which the papers will be judged:

  • Ethnographic richness based on original fieldwork
  • Anthropological methodology
  • Linkage of work to literature in anthropology and reproduction
  • Effective use of theory and data
  • Originality/Creativity
  • Organization, quality of writing, and coherence of argument

Please provide two files, preferably in PDF: 1) the paper with no identifying information, and 2) a cover page that includes your name, mailing address, email address, and school affiliation. Email submission of pdf files is preferred.

Papers should be double-spaced, no more than 9,000 words including references, and references should be formatted in American Anthropologist style.

Papers already published or accepted for publication at time of submission are not eligible.

The papers will be read by a committee of CAR members. The author of the winning paper will receive a cash award of approximately $250. The winner will be announced in both the CAR Newsletter and the Anthropology Newsletter, and an abstract will be published in the CAR Newsletter.

Questions may be directed to Rachel Chapman

Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by August 15, 2015 11:59pm.  Students are encouraged to submit papers at any time before the deadline.

Please send electronic copies to the Chair of the CAR Graduate Student Paper Competition Committee:

Rachel Chapman

Department of Anthropology, Box 353100, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3100



1)      Can the paper be a critical synthetic review of literature? No, the paper needs to be based on original research conducted by the author.

2)      Can the author graduate in August and still submit in September? Yes, if the paper is submitted prior to graduation.

3)      Can the author be an undergraduate? No. The author must be a graduate student.

4)      Can the paper be under review but not accepted? Yes.

5)      Can the submission be emailed? Emailed is preferred, but print copies are allowed.

6)      Can the paper be co-authored? The paper can be co-authored, if the student is the primary author and can attest to at least 50% of the data collection and analysis and at least 75% of the writing.

7)      Can a previous winner submit in another year? No.

8)      Can the author be from a program that is interdisciplinary? Yes, if the student’s primary disciplinary orientation is anthropology. Note that papers are judged using anthropological research and writing standards and by anthropologists.


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Past Winners:

Thirteenth Annual Winners, 2013

Sebastian Mohr and Tara Sheoran

Twelfth Annual Winner, 2012

Kathryn Goldfarb for her paper, “Replacement and Remediation: Loss and the Pleasures of the Genealogical”

Eleventh Annual Winner, 2011

Tenth Annual Winner, 2010
Shana Fruehan Sandberg from the University of Chicago for her paper, “Resisting Intervention, (En)trusting My Partner: Unmarried Women’s Narratives about Contraceptive Use in Tokyo”

Ninth Annual Winner, 2009
Junjie Chen from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign for his paper, “‘What Counts as a ‘Family Line?’: Reproductive Politics and Class Differentiations in Postsocialist Rural China”

In special recognition of her excellent paper, we created an Honorable Mention category this year for Mara Buchbinder from UCLA for her paper, “Reproductive Technologies and the Dream of the Perfect Child Revisited”

Eighth Annual Winner, 2008
Lauren Fordyce at University of Florida for her paper, “Choices: The Moral Discourse of Abortion”

Seventh Annual Winner, 2007
No award this year.

Sixth Annual Winners, 2006
Heide Castañeda from the University of Arizona for her paper, “Pregnancy, Race, and Citizenship: Undocumented Migrant Women in Berlin, Germany”

Elise Andaya from New York University for her paper, “Reproducing the Revolution: Local Practices and Global Politics in Prenatal Care in Havana, Cuba”

Fifth Annual Winner, 2005
Susi Krehbiel for her paper, ‘Women do What They Want’: Family Planning and Islam in Northern Tanzania

Fourth Annual Winner, 2004
No award this year.

Third Annual Winner, 2003
Helene Goldberg for her paper, “The Man in the Sperm – Silenced Male Infertility in Israel.”

Second Annual Winner, 2002
Elly Teman for her paper, “The Medicalization of “Nature” in the Artificial Body: Surrogate Motherhood in Israel.”

First Annual Winner, 2001
Susan Erikson was the winner of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) First Annual Student Paper Award for her submission, “German Prenatal Diagnostic Technology use a Decade after die Wende: ‘Old’ Differences in the ‘New’ Vaterland.”