Living our Mission in These Tumultuous Times: Responding to Anti-Truth Campaigns

Council on Anthropology & Education (CAE) Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, November 18, from 8:15 to 10:30 pm Eastern Time

Over the course of the past year, we have witnessed growing attacks on truth. In more than 27 states, legislators have passed bills banning the teaching of “divisive concepts,” such as race/racism, sex/sexism, or oppression. Using inflammatory rhetoric and unsubstantiated claims about Critical Race Theory, political pundits have introduced punitive measures to restrict equity-based and diversity-oriented teaching. This is an important moment for our professional community whose mission is to “advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems.” How do we live out our mission in these tumultuous times?

The Mission Committee invites CAE community members to join us for a conversation about how we can respond to the mounting attacks on anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just education. This conversation will take place during our virtual town hall on Thursday, November 18th from 8:15 to 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Please, join us with accounts of what is happening in your context, stories of resistance that you are engaged in, or with questions for how to mobilize a response to this anti-truth movement. During our time together, we will take stock of the events unfolding around us, discuss strategies for responding, share resources for organizing a response, and plan future actions.

We invite our members to learn more about attacks on truth through background reports issued by the National Education Policy Center “Understanding the Attacks on Critical Race Theory”  and “Understanding the Attacks on Teaching: A Background Brief for Educators and Leaders” by Kevin Kumashiro.

If you have questions about this event, please contact Mission Committee Co-chair Elena Aydarova or Chair Sarah Newcomer.   

Works In Progress Session

Please Join Us!  Mentoring Session: “The Academic Career as a Work in Progress”

Saturday November 20th from 12:15 pm -2:00pm (includes option for virtual participation!)

This will be an open mentoring session that will foster the sharing of knowledge between mid career/senior scholars and graduate students/early career scholars.  Some potential topics could be: gaining confidence in academic publishing, navigating the job market, pitching a book proposal, applying for tenure, making space for thinking and writing, possibilities for non-Ac careers. This is designed as an open mentoring session designed to foster the sharing of support and wisdom across the CAE generations. Send us your ideas for topics.  No preparation needed, bring your lunch and good conversation and connections are guaranteed.    Sign up here 

Reach out to Reva Jaffe-Walter, with questions. 

Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend

Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend
AAA Annual Meetings, November 17-21, 2021, Baltimore, MD

To support participation in its activities and annual meetings, the Council on Anthropology of Education (CAE) awards stipends to New Scholars (graduate students or recent graduates) who are selected to present a CAE-sponsored paper or poster. The stipends are intended to help defray expenses associated with participating in the annual meetings. The awarded stipends total $250 each. Individuals are eligible to receive the stipend only one time, and first-time presenters will receive priority. Presenters who are choosing to attend the annual meeting in-person or virtually are eligible to apply for this award in 2021. Preference is given to individuals from underrepresented US groups who meet the criteria below. Applicants are invited to name their membership in any group(s) they belong to that they believe warrant consideration as underrepresented in the field of educational anthropology.

The winning awardees will be notified prior to the AAA meetings, and the awards will be formally announced in conjunction with the AAA meeting. The monetary award will be dispersed via electronic check. We welcome submissions from applicants of all citizenship statuses who are practicing anthropologists, regardless of where you are located on the globe.

*   Priority given to members of CAE
*   New Scholar (graduate student or recent graduate)
*   First author on a paper or poster selected for presentation in a CAE-sponsored session (virtual or in-person
*   Priority given to new scholars from an underrepresented group 
*   Priority given to first-time presenters
*   Priority given to members of AAA

Selection Criteria:
1.  Eligibility (see above)
2.  Financial need as described in application
3.  Abstract of paper or poster demonstrates high quality/rigor, clarity, and contributes to CAE’s mission of advancing positive social/educational change (i.e., work that promotes anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems)

Only complete applications are eligible for consideration.

October 15, 2021 (via email)

Submission Procedure:
You can download the application here:

Please submit your completed Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend application via email at: 

Please direct any questions to Ariana Mangual Figueroa, Ph.D. at 
Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, Ph.D. Programs in Urban Education and LAILAC
Council on Anthropology of Education  Second-Year Member-at Large
Chair, Shirley Brice Heath New CAE Scholar Travel Stipend

CAE Concha Delgado Gaitán Presidential Fellows Program 2021-2022

Call for Applications

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE), a section of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), is pleased to announce the eleventh year of the CAE Concha Delgado Gaitán Presidential Fellows Program. This endowed fellowship program supports the professional development and mentoring of educational anthropologists early in their academic careers.

Up to eight fellowships will be awarded for the 2021-22 academic year. Each fellowship includes:

  1. The establishment of mentoring relationship with a senior scholar in the field of educational anthropology, including virtual meetings during the CAE meetings in November 2021. 
  2. Participation in a professional learning community with the new cohort and previous presidential fellows and mentors.
  3. A travel grant to support attendance at the November 2021 American Anthropological Association Meetings.

Eligibility: Educational anthropologists who have completed their doctoral degrees by August 2021 and no earlier than 2018. International scholars are welcomed. Scholars from underrepresented groups and institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit the following materials in a single e-mail (except for the letter of recommendation) with the subject heading “CAE Presidential Fellows.”

  1. Curriculum vita.
  2. Statement of no more than two single-spaced pages, specifying scholarly and professional accomplishments (including community engagement work if applicable), goals within the field of anthropology and education, previous involvement with CAE or AAA (if any), and areas in which mentoring will be beneficial to the applicant.
  3. One letter of reference (please have it emailed directly to Sofia Villenas, with the subject heading: “CAE Fellows [Your Last Name]. In addition, please list the names of two other referees. The latter do not have to submit letters.
  4. Names of up to three active senior scholars in the CAE community with whom the applicant would benefit from a mentoring relationship.

The Concha Delgado Gaitán CAE Presidential Fellowships support early-career educational anthropologists in ways that contribute to their success within the academy or broader communities of education policy and practice. In your statement describe: What are the central concerns and questions you address in your work? How does your scholarly and professional work contribute to CAE’s mission? What would you contribute to the cohort of fellows, if you are selected, and to the larger CAE community? Think about your contributions in terms of the things you know and care about, and how you would bring those perspectives to the work. What mentoring supports do you think might help you to make such contributions?

Selection procedure: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of established CAE scholars, chaired by the immediate past president of CAE. The review process considers the quality of the application, the fit between CAE’s mission and the applicant’s work, and the potential benefits of mentoring. The selection committee will seek to ensure that a broad range of interests are represented within the selected cohort.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2021

Applicants notified by: October 15, 2021

Submit applications to: Sofia Villenas, Past President of CAE

Call for Nominations: 2021 CAE Outstanding Book Award

The CAE Outstanding Book Award recognizes new, critical, and cutting-edge books that make a significant contribution to the anthropology of education. Books that have been published within the past two years will be considered by a four-member selection committee. Awardees will be recognized at the annual AAA meetings. No money will accompany this award.

All nominators and/or nominees must be current CAE members. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations should be accompanied by 3 copies of the book and a letter from the nominator (no longer than 500 words) that addresses the following: (1) relevance to the anthropology of education and the CAE mission, (2) originality, (3) potential for significant impact on the field. Nominations for books that present work with indigenous communities and communities of color or that explore topics such as anti-blackness, migration, gender and sexuality, ableism, or similar subjects are highly encouraged.

Nomination Letter Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
Books received by Committee Members: No later than Mon., June 14, 2020

Instructions for nominators and nominees:

Send nomination letters by email to
Jen Stacy, Committee Chair

Within the nomination confirmation email, nominators and/or nominees will receive instructions on where to send the 3 copies of the books no later than Monday, June 14, 2021.

The winners of the awards will be announced in the early fall of 2021.

Questions may be directed to Jen Stacy

The mission of the Council on Anthropology and Education is to advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems through research using anthropological perspectives, theories, methods, and findings.

Call for Nominations: The 2021 George and Louise Spindler Award

Call for Nominations

The 2021 George and Louise Spindler Award

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) has established an annual award as a tribute to George and Louise Spindler in recognition of their significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. The purpose of this award is to honor scholars/practitioners whose achievements in educational anthropology as researchers or as practitioners have been distinguished, exemplary, and inspirational.

This award will be presented during the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) 2021.

To be eligible to receive the Spindler award, a candidate must excel in their contributions to educational anthropology, either as scholars or as practitioners. Their contributions must be widely recognized for having significantly advanced our knowledge of the study of educational processes, or for having significantly improved the quality of the design or delivery of educational services.

Nominations must include:
1) a letter that includes a summary of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions,
2) the nominee’s CV.

These 2 items should be sent to the Committee Chair, Tricia Niesz,, by June 1st, 2021.

For a list of past recipients, please visit the CAE website.

Call for Nominations: Douglas Foley Early Career Award

Call for Nominations: Douglas Foley Early Career Award

Established to honor an individual in the early stages of his or her career in educational anthropology, this award is named in honor of Douglas Foley, whose critical-ethnographic scholarship on US culture, race, and inequality in schools advanced the field of educational anthropology and helped move it in the direction of social and racial justice. We seek nominations from scholars whose research reflects this tradition of critical engagement with culture and inequality, social change, and social justice in alignment with the CAE Mission.


At the time of nomination, the nominee must be within 10 years after receipt of the doctoral degree and must be a member of the Council of Anthropology & Education. Priority will go to applicants who have attended and presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association and/or been active with the AAA/CAE community in alternative ways.

Nominations must include the following:

– A letter of self-nomination explaining why this nominee is qualified to be recognized in this manner regarding sustained research and impact in educational anthropology (no more than 3 pages);
– The nominee’s most recent curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages);
– One representative scholarly publication by the nominee within the last 2 years
Please send nomination materials to Blanca Caldas Chumbes ( with the heading, CAE Early Career Award. The due date is May 31st.
Please contact the CAE Early Career Award Committee with any questions regarding the award process:

Foley Award Committee:

Blanca Caldas Chumbes (Co-chair)
Claudia Cervantes Soon (committee member)
Lucinda Pease Alvarez (Co-chair)
Cindy Cruz (committee member)
The mission of the Council on Anthropology and Education is to advance anti-oppressive, socially equitable, and racially just solutions to educational problems through research using anthropological perspectives, theories, methods, and findings.

2021 CAE Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award Call for Nominations!

2021 CAE Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award
Call for Nominations!

The Council on Anthropology and Education (CAE) has established an annual award to recognize the author of an outstanding dissertation recently completed in the field of anthropology and education. It is named after esteemed educational anthropologist, Frederick Erickson, Professor Emeritus, UCLA GSEIS.

Any member of CAE in good standing can nominate a recently completed dissertation for this award.

A nominated dissertation should have been successfully defended no earlier than 3 calendar years prior to the year in which it is nominated.

Nominations should be uploaded through the google survey: by June 15, 2021. Please direct questions to CAE Dissertation Award Committee Chair, Deb Palmer,

Nomination Materials
Google Survey will ask for:
1. Nominee’s name, email address, and current role/position
2. Nominee’s dissertation title, institution from which nominee received the Ph.D., dissertation chair(s), and year degree was conferred
3. Nominator’s name, title/position, institution, and email address
4. Upload a 15-20-page (5,000 words maximum) abstract of the dissertation written by the nominee that includes (in whatever format is most appropriate for the dissertation) the researcher’s positionality/relation to the work, an overview of the methods, description of major findings, and implications/conclusions, including an articulation of the work’s contributions to the field of educational anthropology;
5. Upload a letter (3 pages maximum), from the nominator summarizing the strengths of the dissertation, including the strength of anthropological theory and method, scholarly excellence, the relevance to educational anthropology, innovative or insightful approaches, and implications for research and practice in the field of educational anthropology;

Evaluation Guidelines
The dissertation award committee will be guided by such considerations as:
1. The issue addressed in the study bridges the theories and practices of anthropology and education;
2. The author-researcher applies anthropological methods and concepts in handling and reporting data thoroughly and insightfully; and
3. The study is of high quality and makes an important contribution to the field.

A shortlist of finalists will be selected over the summer. Finalists will be asked to submit copies of their completed dissertation within 2 weeks of notification. The winner will be selected from among the finalists on the basis of a reading of the completed dissertation by all members of the award committee.

Membership in CAE

Thanks for your interest in this dissertation award; we can’t wait to welcome you and help build your community. We invite you to join our American Anthropological Association (AAA) community for as low as $49/year for graduate students, $50/year for retirees, and $59/year for professionals. When you join, you automatically receive access to membership in one or more of our specialized sections, you become a member of our community, and you obtain access to over 250,000 full-text articles in AnthroSource. Find the Council of Anthropology and Education (CAE) membership category at this section(s) link.

[Rubric for Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation competition]